Term Paper: Euthanasia (Against) in North America

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[. . .] " Hence, only God has the right to begin a life, and only God is allowed to end one. Therefore, an individual who commits suicide is doing a sin.

Secondly, God has not sent us any experience that we are unable to handle. He supports and helps people in suffering. Thus, an individual who seeks to end his life would actually signify lack of trust in the promise made by Him.

On the other hand, an important and growing percentage of non-Christians, Agnostics, Humanists, secularists, Atheists and liberal Christians in North America do not accept these theologically based arguments. They argue:

Every individual has independence over their own life. Therefore, those individuals who are not satisfied with their quality of life which is equal to nonexistent should have the right to decide to commit suicide, and to seek support and help if required.

At times a terminal sickness is so painful that it causes life to be very intolerable and unbearable burden; where death can play its part as a relief of such insufferable pain.

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Irrespective of whether Euthanasia is legalized by the judicial authorities or not, the subject remains a question to an individual's conscience. With varying ideologies of life that people share throughout the world, the fact differs whether Euthanasia is right or wrong. However, owing to the social roles that every individual plays in the society, Euthanasia cannot be justified for being right. No matter how one's conscience may allow or disallow an individual to end up his life, his interrelationships do not permit him to deprive the society of the roles that he plays and in turn enjoys a social recognition to its own degree.

Works Cited

Horgan, John. Right to Die. Scientific American, May 1996.

Netherlands State Commission on Euthanasia. Definition of Euthanasia.

DeathNet. Oregon Death With Dignity Act. http://www.rights.org/~deathnet/ergo_orlaw.html

Matas, Robert. Oregon Reconsiders Death-With-Dignity Law. The Globe and Mail Newspaper, Toronto ON, Nov 3, 1997 (p. A1)

Oregon Health Division. Oregon's Death with Dignity Act: Annual Report 2000. http://www.ohd.hr.state.or.us/chs/pas/ar-disc.htm

New England Journal of Medicine, Feb 6, 2002.

Toronto Star. New law paved way for 38 to commit suicide in Oregon. Quick Hits, Toronto Star. March 6, 2003.

Jordahl, Steve. Ashcroft Appeals Assisted-Suicide Ruling. Family News in Focus.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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