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Euthanasia Is it Right or Wrong The idea of euthanasia has divided the country some believe it is killing for mercy others just killing Many countries are now beginning to legalize euthanasia According to a study done by Meinrad Schaer MD in Sweden in 1996 an 211 people applied for assisted suicide and 119 were accepted 2 However in the United States legalization of assisted suicide has been a huge controversy As of right now many states have euthanasia and anti-euthanasia laws on the books or being debated in state Senates Many small political groups including mostly Libertarians and a minority of liberal Democrats are preaching to the legislation that anti-euthanasia laws violate our rights under the equal protection laws of the 14th Amendment They say our right to privacy is illegally being encroached upon A large number of people believe that assisted suicide is not only suicide but also murder By not letting themselves be saved terminally ill people are giving up the chance for life Others believe that individuals have the right to choose their own destiny Various political groups are preaching out against euthanasia They believe that society has the ethical duty to try and save its terminally ill people Their point of view is that a doctor should try to save terminally ill patients not to help destroy them By helping someone commit suicide a doctor is putting a price on a human life No one should have the right to do that Aldredge 2 With new medical advances terminally ill patients are able to have a prolonged life If individuals want to die because their pain is to excruciating then they are not getting the right amount of care from their current physician They need a second opinion to find better pain medicines Modern medicine is now able to get rid of almost all pain a
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