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Euthanasia: a Merciful Death or Murder

Do you know anyone with an incurable disease? Even if you don’t, I do. My uncle suffered a cruel and painful disease, also known as AIDS. He past away when I was young so I really did not understand the amount of excruciating pain that he lived with everyday, that just got worse as time progressed. I know now that he suffered for years, while he was awaiting death in his apartment in Columbus, Ohio. My grandmother remembers the pain and agony that her son had to go through. She still struggles everyday with the reality that her son had to die in such a way. My family and I believe that euthanasia should be legalized to end the suffering of the millions in excruciating pain throughout the world today. We also believe that dying is a process of living, but while living one should experience a worthwhile, fruitful, and quality life. I know you are probably wondering what is euthanasia, well there are many definitions but I selected the one I deem acceptable for myself. The Euthanasia Society of America, founded in 1938, defined euthanasia as the “termination of human life by painless means for the purpose of ending severe physical suffering” (Peck, 113). Euthanasia is death with dignity (Schwartz). Our attitudes and laws should reflect that dying is as natural a human process as being born and living (Bernards, 56). Death control, like birth control, is a matter of human dignity. Without it persons become puppets. To perceive this is to grasp the error lurking in the notion – widespread in medical circles – that life as such is the highest good. This betrays us into keeping ‘vegetables’ going and dragging the dying back to brute ‘life’ just because we have the medical know-how to do it (Bernards, 111). Right to life implies a right to die (Chetwynd). The above statements are random statements that support the ‘Right to Die’ movement. The statements are relevant and meaningful information that sho...

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