Medical euthanasia is a topic that raises a significant moral problem worldwide. Questions like do individuals have a legal right to determine how and when they die are just some that come up. A lot of religious beliefs are against the whole idea of the moral questions that arise from this medical procedure. In a lot of countries, euthanasia is not allowed but in the United States, some states allow it and others don’t. This procedure is done in a lot of different forms and techniques. Doctors could give you some of treatment to cause death and they could also stop an ongoing treatment or medication that was needed. This procedure could also be voluntary which the patient gives consent, or it could be non-voluntary which means that a guardian gives the consent due to the patient being unable because of their health condition. There are so many arguments that are against euthanasia and some that argue for euthanasia. A lot of people debate this topic by using their religious and moral views. On this paper I will be discussing why this procedure is wrong using religious and logical arguments. A lot of religious beliefs are against the whole idea of euthanasia because God is the one that control who dies and who lives. This procedure is also morally wrong because it leads to murder or “mercy killing” because when someone is given the right to die, it implies a duty to kill.
Religion has a lot to do with what is morally right and wrong. Life is a gift God gave us and we should not decide who will die and who won’t. “Human lives are special because God created them therefore human life should be protected and preserved” (BBC). Everything in our life happens for a reason whether that is sickness or any other form of disasters. Almost all religious scriptures believe that we must not kill, especially innocent human beings. “Taking a life violates that special value and dignity…even its one’s own life, even if that life is full of pain and suffering” (BBC). A lot of religions also believe that all of the sufferings we go through is a test from God that helps us remember our purpose in this world. If a person chooses to take their own life whether that is suicide or euthanasia, they disobeyed God in the sense of he is the one who decided when we will die and how we will die, and they made that choice. Euthanasia is not any different from suicide because both give a patient the choice to decide whether they want to end their lives. Proposing this procedure to someone is saying that the person’s life is not meaningful. Who are we to judge and say that someone’s life or anyone for that matter deserves to die and not worthy of living? The other issue that religion bring up when discussing whether euthanasia is ethically correct is, the right to die for a patient implies a duty to kill for the doctor. Most of the patients do not want to die. They would rather still be alive to see their loved ones or just to enjoy the world because once they are gone, they are gone for good.
Euthanasia gives a “slippery slope” to murder. “ten years after the legalization of euthanasia, the law was amended to allow euthanasia for children with incurable disease, regardless of their age” (living with dignity). This procedure is way cheaper than chemotherapy or any other treatment that is out there so the system will take advantage of this and start killing everyone who they find not qualified to live their life longer. This right there is flat out murder and should not be accepted. It takes the whole point of voluntary euthanasia and makes it an involuntary procedure where the patients have no rights. “Euthanasia encourages vulnerable people to end their lives” (Living with dignity). Often patients feel like they are asking for too much when their loved ones take care of them. A lot of increase of abuse and neglect of the elderly has been reported so it is very understandable if an elderly person chooses death over feeling like a burden. Even though they could live longer they would think euthanasia is the only solution they have. A lot of cases have come up that show some doctors are just taking advantage of this procedure for their own benefit. “In Netherlands, there is a confirmed case of a patient euthanized to free up a hospital bed” (Living with dignity). We live in a world where a lot of people do what they have to for their own personal satisfaction, so it will be harder to trust anyone who can end someone’s life. There is a lot of benefits the government can gain from ending someone’s life such as, a lot of money would be saved in health care spending. Most of our taxes go to health care coverage so when the government has the power to choose who to kill, a lot of money will be saved for other types of government spending.
In conclusion, medical euthanasia is a topic that will always raise a significant moral problem worldwide. Questions of all sorts will arise as our society expands the use of euthanasia. Euthanasia is morally wrong in a lot of ways and it also has a lot of contradictions that come up. It is wrong religiously to take someone’s life for no reason whatsoever. Everything happens for a reason whether we like it or not. A lot of religious beliefs are against the whole idea of the moral questions that arise from this medical procedure. Life is a gift God and we should not decide who should die and who shouldn’t. This procedure is also way cheaper than chemotherapy or any other treatment that is out there so the system will take advantage of this and start killing everyone who they find not qualified to live their life longer. Death always has its time, and we never know what miracles could happen in our lives because things could change in a matter of seconds.
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