Euthanasia

Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Pros

  • People have a right to die
  • Euthanasia may free up scarce health resources
  • Death is a private matter
  • Allowing people to die with dignity
  • Ends suffering

Cons

  • Under the Hippocratic Oath doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive
  • Voluntary euthanasia can lead to involuntary euthanasia and the murder of those who are thought of as undesirable
  • Euthanasia will target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money
  • Euthanasia accepts that some lives are insignificant compared to others
  • No proper way of regulating euthanasia
  • Discourage the search for new cures and treatments
  • Gives too much power to doctors
  • Moral pressure on elderly relatives by selfish families
  • May not be in the person's best interests

My Opinion

Though a painless death for those who are suffering is desirable, under the Hippocratic Oath, doctors make a vow to do the best of their ability to keep their patients alive. Euthanasia can quickly become abused and lead to involuntary euthanasia for the benefit of insurance company.