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An Argument for Euthanasia Euthanasia is defined as The act or practice of putting to death painlessly a person suffering from an incurable disease Euthanasia can be traced back as far back as the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations It was sometimes allowed in these civilizations to help others die Voluntary euthanasia was approved in these ancient societies Today the practice of euthanasia causes great controversy Both pro-life groups and right-to-die groups present arguments for their different sides Pro-life groups make arguments and present fears against euthanasia I contend that the case for the right to die is the stronger argument I will begin my by listing the arguments against euthanasia and my criticism of each argument 1Euthanasia is a violation of medical ethics The American Medical Association has consistently condemned euthanasia as an unethical practice Today attitudes may be changing Recent surveys indicate that a majority of doctors in some areas 60 in Oregon 56 in Michigan and 54 in Great Britain favor euthanasia in extreme cases 2Euthanasia weakens the trust relationship between the doctor and the patient We expect doctors to heal and save lives not to kill I feel that I should be able to trust my doctor to do what is best for me as an individual in any situation including ending unbearable suffering even if it is my choice to die in order to end my suffering Doctors may lose the trust of their patients by not helping them to end their suffering 3Choosing the time and place of a persons death is Gods decision This argument suggests that we should never intervene in any life-threatening situation If a person is having a heart attack should we just stand by and watch them die If we were to seek medical attention in order to save his life we would be interfering with Gods will for that person to die This argument contains nothing that can be rationally argued against
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