First Draft: Good Death
Euthanasia is the action of a certified medical doctor that allows a
person to die willingly in order to save large amounts of pain before
death of the patient there are four forms of euthanasia: passive,
active, voluntary, and involuntary. Many people view this as a
controversial topic. The practice of euthanasia has been subjected to
and the advantages of euthanasia are not as commonly informed.
Euthanasia is a practice, which may seem dangerous to an individual that
has not seen the development of euthanasia or how it is used in
today’s medical practice.
Euthanasia is a rare or uncommon practice doctors may use to stop a
patient from enduring major amounts of pain before the patient’s death
(Pratchett 22). This only occurs if the person body has exceeded the
point to survive on its own. The practice of euthanasia has been changed
to cover a wider range of patients being treated for injury or illness
(Nordqvist 56). This allows patient’s family to decide if euthanasia
is the right decision for his or her family member.
The practice of euthanasia may be looked down upon and is considered a
last resort treatment for patients. It is commonly considered a negative
practice because it causes a loss of a life instead of the fight until
the end (Schindler 61). Euthanasia is a difficult practice to accept due
to the effects of a loss of life. Family members never want to use
euthanasia to end the life of a loved one, but in some situations, a
human death is a better result and the rest of suffering.
Euthanasia is more of a personal decision and most individuals do not
take the time to understand the uses of the practice, or how it works
(Nordqvist 51). Active euthanasia is usually a lethal injection that
helps someone die humanely. It is a quick and painless death. It does
not feel practical at the time but understanding a loved one’s pain
and having a way to relieve their pain before their death does not make
the patient weak rather it is a positive and helpful action at the
point of the ending moments of a patient’s life (Schindler 66).
In some instances, people’s perception might be narrow minded on the
topic of euthanasia. The fear of euthanasia starts at the core
fundamentals of euthanasia: killing an individual at the point of when a
patient does not have the chance to live, and put an end to their agony,
as well as severe pain. The issue is not the current regulations of
euthanasia, rather what boundaries may change. If euthanasia becomes a
normal practice, some people of old age would use this practice as an
escape route from dealing with their pains and losses (Euthanasia
Program 34). Euthanasia would become a legal tool of suicide. Government
might not interfere do to the lack of resources elderly people give to
society. People in constant care do not produce any income rather just
use income. Some people would say that there is a point to invest in
someone or something (Schiavo 13).
In the book, The Morality of Euthanasia, it states that the practice of
euthanasia causes patients under physicians to fear that the medications
given to the patients will not be beneficial to the patient. This
outlook may be extreme, but euthanasia is becoming more commonly
practiced, and many older generations might not accept this practice
even until the day they die (Schiavo 13). Aged generations are more
likely not to support euthanasia due to the belief in the value of a
human life. The key to making someone human is the life he or she lives.
The reaction to life influences every aspect of the people around them.
Euthanasia has been used throughout history. It was used in the
holocaust. German physicians used this practice to put disabled children
to death. Some would say the value of life is worth more than the
efficiency one uses it (Pratchett 78). German’s believed that
imperfections in society pulls down society, the term, “survival of
the fittest” comes into play in such a situation. Euthanasia affects
society everywhere. Each society has to determine what influences
society in a positive manner. If euthanasia is not accepted in society,
then it should not be used (Euthanasia Program 74). One way to determine
a situation, which is suitable for euthanasia, is understanding the
effects of the practice to a family member or people who are close to
Involuntary euthanasia is commonly argued when an individual is in a
coma for a long period. If no changes have been in a positive manor and
there is little to no chance of the individual living a healthy life,
euthanasia should be given as an option to end the pain of both the
family members and the individual themselves (Pratchett 88). The
practice of euthanasia should be thought out thoroughly, and taken
extreme caution due to the long-term effects of euthanasia: death.
Another form of euthanasia is passive euthanasia. This form of
euthanasia is a when a doctor takes a patient of life support. Both
active and passive euthanasia can be employed on coma patients depending
on their conscience state (Euthanasia Program 34). Active euthanasia is
used in the event that a patient is currently having heart problems or
physical attributes that help a person physically survive.
Euthanasia results to death as the practice will never be used to heal
an individual, but will allow a person to die humanely. On the contrary,
the execution of mercy killing is subject to abuse or misuse.
Imperatively, euthanasia requires regulation and monitoring to serve the
welfare and interests of the patients (Euthanasia Program 44). There are
instances that doctors collaborate with the relatives to manipulate
patients towards accepting euthanasia. Euthanasia should be an option
for families in situations of emergencies. When the patient at a
conscience state accepts euthanasia, this is “voluntary euthanasia.”
This gives an individual the right to give up his or her own life
quickly rather than suffering long term to endless pain before death.
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