Euthanasia: Moral or Immoral?

Euthanasia: Moral or Immoral?


IF ASKED, most people would perhaps want to live to a ripe old age, and then die painlessly in their sleep. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of life most people experience.  People, mostly, will die a long struggle with a painful disease. Others will find that their body weakens to such a degree, that they wish they were dead. Those who might choose to end their suffering, by committing suicide.
However, others might find that despite wishing to end their life, they are physically incapable of doing so, and as such will need theassistance of someone else to do so.  It is with the latter part that the debate about Euthanasia is primarily concerned.
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              Euthanasia, also known as, Physician-assisted suicide or the angel of death complex is the deliberate advancement of a person's death for the benefit of that person and, until now, a widely disputed argument. We are committed to the fundamental belief that the intentional killing of another person is wrong but we have this deep sympathy for those people who are suffering, too.  Now, is it immoral to end one’s suffering? Or, is it morally upright to let that person live long with agony together with the family suffering emotionally and financially?
1.      It is an act or method of causing death painlessly so as to end suffering: advocated 
by some as a way to deal with victims of incurable disease.
2.      Many times we do not have enough money to pay for the needed medical care not knowing if the patient is going to get any better. In a way, we are just wasting time and money on a situation that won’t get better. If the patient wants euthanasia, why not do it if we cannot end the huge amount of money wasted on a treatment that won’t help.
3.      It stops the person from having a bad quality of life. Having a patient suffering is not giving him a better quality of life.
4.      It allows the patient to retain their dignity.
5.      It may be necessary for the fair distribution of health resources.

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1.      The life and will of a person are the basic things that the law promotes to protect. Let us not contradict it with legalized killing.
2.      No person shall be advised, worst, be assisted in killing himself. Life has always been sacred. It should be treated as such.
3.      It is indeed important to remember that we don’t necessarily see best when our eyes are filled with tears and, hence, that our emotions might cloud our ability to make rational judgments
4.      By becoming common place and used in medical practice along with more traditional methods of healing, society becomes desensitized toward death to the point where life is no longer valuable.
5.      There can be no mercy in killing. The prohibition of killing is an attempt to promote a solid basis for trust in the role of caring for patients and protecting them from harm.
MARIELLE P. SANTIAGO is a proud alumna of the elementary and high school departments of New Era University
JESSICA SANZ DESTA finished elementary and high school in Holy Spirit of Mt. Carmel School of Quezon City
KRISTINE LEA RABAJA went to Aparri Kete School and New Era Univeristy
GRACE PIAD DE GUZMAN graduated fromDr. Albert Elementary School and Don A Roces Science-Technology High School.
JANINE MABILANGAN is fromCarmona Elementary School and Lakeshore Educational Institute
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