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Euthanasia and the World Today Euthanasia can be described as one of societys more widely and hotly debated moral issues of our time Active euthanasia by definition is Doing something such as administering a lethal drug or using other means that cause a persons death Passive euthanasia which seems to not be debated as heavily is defined as Stopping or not starting some treatment which allows a person to die the persons condition causes his or her death I have chosen to look more closely at the issue of active euthanasia while applying Kants standards to the issue Those who support the practice of active euthanasia might argue that helping the terminally ill to bring about their own deaths allowing them to determine the how and when is not only humane but also allows the person who is simply living to die to maintain dignity by orchestrating their own end thus letting them die at peace rather than suffer to the end perceiving themselves to be a burden andor disgrace to those they love According to recent polls many people would agree but the question is have they taken a close look at the ethical debate Those who are against active euthanasia would say not and would argue that by participating in the practice of active euthanasia one is playing God or perhaps even worse that they are not acting out of mercy but rather out of selfishness attempting to lessen their own burden If this were the case the act is nothing less than cold-blooded murder Murder is defined as The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another Euthanasia remains unlawful as of today and the act of euthanasia is premeditated thus whether for the purpose of mercy or not euthanasia is by definition murder According to Kantian perspective and the Holy Bible murder is both a sin and a crime therefore we should not participate in the practice of
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