Euthanasia as Pain Relief

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Imagine a person who is suffering from AIDS that is at the terminal stage, medication and treatments doesn’t affect their body anymore, and the only thing that can ease the pain is euthanasia. There are many terminal sicknesses on the planet, that there is a huge shot that you will sooner or later know somebody who is critically ill. The word ‘euthanasia’ is derived from the Greek – EU, “”good””, and Thanatos, meaning “”death”.

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Some people think of it as mercy killing, and others see it as murder. I will examine why the slippery slope is a false notion, why legitimate pain management isn’t enough for the individuals who are in constant agony and why sanctioning euthanasia won’t undermine critical medical services and therapeutic administrations. Euthanasia is a merciful means to end long-term suffering.

Slippery slope makes the claim that if some specific kind of action (such as euthanasia) is permitted, then society will be inexorably led to permitting other actions that are morally wrong (Benatar, 2011). People who are against assisted suicide are afraid that it will lead to involuntary suicide to people that are legally bound to the procedure. According to Code Section 127.800, et. seq. (The Oregon Death with Dignity Act) only terminally ill patients can undergo euthanasia. This fear on slippery slope undermines the effectiveness of the laws that are currently in place. Overall, if no risk is existent in accidentally or involuntarily euthanizing patients, then only the people who are willing can do it.

Pain management on terminally ill patients will not alleviate them from suffering. Pain medications only alleviates that of the physical state.

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