Arguments In Favor And Against Legalizing Euthanasia

It has almost been a decade since the concept of Euthanasia (better known as good death) has been in existence. According to Oxford dictionary Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Euthanasia did not become a major issue until the 20th Century when advances in the medical world began, meaning doctors were able to keep hospital patients alive for very long periods of time even with disfunctioning vital organs that are need to keep them alive. Euthanasia, is legal or partially legal in some countries, such as Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In practice, however, even in the countries where it is illegal, the law is often not enforced. This assignment is to briefly apprise about the ethical issues/ dilemmas associated with Euthanasia.

Arguments for Euthanasia

In favor

  • Painless death
  • Dignity
  • Saves family’s money
  • Organs can be put to good use
  • Freedom of choice
  • Shorten the grief and suffering of the patient’s loved one
  • God can take away human life


  • Its destroys life which has a potential that is let unknown to the patient, doctors and family members
  • Moral religious arguments
  • Money has no value compared to a humans life
  • It discourages scientists who are looking for a cure for incurable aliments
  • Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide leads to suicide contagion
  • Demeans the sanctify of life, its murder and only.


The legal resolution that was taken on Euthanasia according to the world Medical association its strong belief that euthanasia is in conflict with basic ethical principles of medical practice and, they muscularly encourage all National medical association and physicians to refrain from participating in the euthanasia, even if national law allows it or decriminalizes it under certain conditions.

To conclude I personally think that legalizing euthanasia does not mean that all ill and disabled persons must be put to death. It gives a choice to someone who has had time to cope and accept his/her illness. It is unethical and inhumane to force dying individuals to live out the rest of their days in constant pain and discomfort; as is allowing friends and family to watch their loved ones suffer each and every day. Understandably, doctors have taken an oath to do everything possible to revive a person, no matter what the situation is. Asking a doctor to assist in a suicide may sound horrific, but occasionally death is a patient’s only relief from the endurance of daily pain. For most terminally ill and severely disabled patients, every day that goes by consists of struggling, pain, and emotional distress. A doctor should be allowed to assist a patient requesting a painless death without worrying about legal repercussions.

11 February 2020
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