And On That Note..

Death is not a topic of interest for most. It is a topic that people often dance around as it can be emotionally taxing and overall just a scary concept to wrap our heads around. But the truth is, we need to talk about it. Many people can recall a loved one, a friend, or someone they know that had been diagnosed with a terminally ill sickness. That is one of the main reasons we collectively decided on this topic as each of us had a na_scotus_1005_bw_3a_t440personal connection to someone in our lives who had battled such a similar situation. The goal is the blog was to think about death in the logical way, by proving exactly why people should have the right to dictate there own lives through euthanasia. Though a few states have successfully legalized euthanasia and many are on a righteous path in doing so, the is still a lot of work to be done in order to prove the necessity of this concept throughout our society.

Throughout the weeks, we have refuted arguments agains euthanasia. For example, opposing advocates have stated that euthanasia may give doctors too much power, could lead to irreversible changes to society, violate religious practices, could hinder the patient’s recovery, or give people a chance to abuse this privilege for an easy way out. Yet, we have proven all of these notions to be completely wrong, through not only credible sources and researchers but also real life cases.

For one, euthanasia does not give doctors too much power as patients have complete control and say in the whatever they decide to do. In reality, the whole point of euthanasia is to give the PATIENT the power to make their own decisions. Though people may have opposing religious views but as proven through the constitution, religion is not seen as invalid through physician_assisted_suicidethe our rights. Further, it does not hinder the patient’s recovery as the majority of these patients are terminally ill or suffering from an illness that will leave them in misery for the rest of their lives.

The main argument,however, is rather simple, its my body so why is someone telling me what to do with it? When we are born, we are given rights and given the opportunity to make our own decisions, so why should our choice to die be any different? This argument can be exemplified with the innumerable cases of terminally patients, including famous figures like Brittany Maynard. [Check out our post about her here!) She, and many others, show exactly why euthanasia should be legal as they would rather die then endure the pain and suffering they would by living. Also, euthanasia is widely practice illegally, therefore, it legalization will only help dismiss the difficult and unnecessary use of the judicial and prison system. Lastly, we exemplified the benefits of euthanasia economically as it will dramatically cut screen_shot_2016-02-09_at_4-21-10_pmmedicare costs along with giving the patients what they deserve.

All of these arguments serve the exemplify the necessity of euthanasia in American society. It’s success among other countries is extremely prevalent and should serve as a model to the United States. Our group will continue to spread awareness of this topic but for now we are signing off! Thank you for reading and if would like to get involved and help get the word out, click the links below!

I’m not afraid of being dead. I’m just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there.” –Pamela Bone

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Refutation View: Why We Need To Legalize Euthanasia

There are many people who believe that Euthanasia should under no circumstances are legalized and I would like to prove them wrong. I am going to take a look at three of the most popular reasons why people believe euthanasia should stay illegal and refute them. In an article, “Physician-Assisted Suicide is Always Wrong” by Ryan T. Andersons he discusses these three arguments and many more. The first argument to keep euthanasia illegal is because it endangers the weak and vulnerable. When people are accepting death as their absolute last option the last thing I would describe them as is weak. Many people choosing euthanasia have been fighting, very strongly, a battle that is out of their control. Whether it is a sickness, disease or disability that people are dealing with they resort to euthanasia after fighting undoubtedly the hardest battle of their life. Someone who can endure that and have the courage to look towards euthanasia for a dignified death is not someone who I would qualify as weak.

The second argument is that allowing euthanasia will change the culture in which medicine is practiced and give doctors too much of the power. When dealing with such controversial topics like this one change can definitely be a scary thought. But, many changes in our society have lead to great success and equality including the freeing of slaves. Allowing doctors to have the ability to fulfill someone’s requests to end their life dignified gives them no more power than they already have. Doctors can literally hold someone heart in their hands, but it is up to them what they decide to do with it. Doctors already have a lot of power and take an oath to use it the right way. If euthanasia were to be legalized they would have to follow the right protocol to give out this drug just like they do with any other drug.

The third and final reason why Anderson believes euthanasia should stay illegal is because it would violate human dignity. This is the exact opposite of what legalizing euthanasia would do. Allowing euthanasia would give people the right that they deserve to their own death. If we have the right to live then we have the right to die. It allows people to die a death that is without pain and dignified. As individuals we have the right to live a life we want and die a death that we choose. We should be allowed to choose how we live and how we die. Euthanasia gives people the right to choose how they die, a right that they deserve.

Do not deny people their rights to live or die.