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Queens College, CUNY

PHIL

PHIL 101

Euthanasia 2

In conclusion the advantages of legalizing euthanasia


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In conclusion, the advantages of legalizing euthanasia outweigh the advantages
of illegalization.
It is highly unlikely that the legalization would lead to an over abuse of the
rule.
Of course there will always be some abusers, but not enough to cause
panic.
Once again, it is one’s individual right to decide what he or she wishes
to do with their lives.
I believe it is no one else’s business to have the
final say in what you do with your life.
If a person is on their death bed and
wishes to end there existence before matters complicate, they should legally
have that right.
A long time ago, culture was universal and permanent.
There was one set
of beliefs, ideals, and norms, and these were the standard for all human beings
in all places and all times.
We, however, live in the modern world.
Our ethics
are not an inheritance of the past, completed and ready for universal
application.
We are in the situation of having to form our own beliefs and
meanings of life.
This struggle is now obvious in the contemporary discussions
of euthanasia.
Of the controversial discussions involving euthanasia, the question of
legalization is an often argued one.
Whether euthanasia ought to be illegal is
different from the question of whether it is immoral.
Some people believe that
even if euthanasia is immoral, it still should not be prohibited by law, since
if a patient wants to die, that is strictly a personal affair, regardless of how
foolish or immoral the desire might be. [Rachels, 56]
My position is almost
identical.
I believe there are some instances in which euthanasia is immoral,
but I believe it should unquestionably be legal.
In the following paragraphs, I
will display the position of the opposition to the legality of euthanasia as
well as the position of the supporters.
I shall attempt to prove that, yes,
euthanasia should be legal.
There is a strong opposition against the legalization of euthanasia.
The main
argument against the legality of euthanasia is sometimes known as the slippery
slope argument.
People argue that if euthanasia was legally permitted, it would
lead to a general decline in the respect for human life.
It is professed that
we would kill people in the beginning simply to put them out of extreme agony.
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