The Right to Die

Matt Fry Fry Pg1
English 1301- TR 9:10
Prof Clements

Essay 1
The Right to Die

      The word “Euthanasia” (Singer). is a term used for mercy killing, by taking the life of an injured incurably ill   individual in fact to end their pain and suffering. Mercy killing also shows a real ethical dilemma. Some adversities cause people to suffer through indescribable pain in their last remaining days, however people do not always die well and euthanasia may seem to be an appropriate way to end this pain. A number of other patients may want euthanasia to dodge the loss of mental functioning and weakness that quite a bit of diseases brings, and many perceive that all of these wishes should be admired.

      There are five basic categories of the practice of euthanasia: direct, indirect, voluntary, involuntary, and

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non-voluntary. The key explanation for euthanasia would have to settle upon the insufferable pain the patient
endures. On the other hand, as the painkillers are continuously evolving in our world today, the favorable side of euthanasia is proportionally weakened.

      This moral dilemma is behind the times of being new. The most well known term “euthanasia” (Hamlon and Marker b). is calculated back from ancient Greek, and means “good death.” (Singer). But while the argument over mercy killing has ancient origins, many observers believe today that it is harder to have a better death than ever before. Many advances in medicine have increased people’s health and life span, but they too greatly affected the dying act. For instance, in the early twentieth century the bulk of Americans died in their own homes, usually it was from victims of pneumonia or influenza. Nowadays most people die in hospitals, frequently similar to degenerative diseases like cancer that may cause an agonizing, lasting death.

      The modern euthanasia debate dates back to the case of...