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Putting the Weak to DeathImagine, a person getting a diagnosis of a terminal illness, and eventually being unable to express wants and needs. Doctors and family members make the decision to euthanize without consent. Also called mercy killing, euthanasia is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures. (Euthanasia Basics) If euthanasia is legalized it would become too much of a slippery slope, some people won’t be able to express their wants and needs and lastly, it devalues human life. Therefore we should not allow medical professionals to assist terminally ill patients with death.¬†If euthanasia is legalized, it would become too much of a slippery slope for doctors and even patients who are both terminally ill, and who just have an illness that could be cured with time. For doctors it would become too easy to just euthanize people and not try and find other ways to care for the ill person. Even for patients it would be too easy just to say “take my life now”, or “don’t bother treating me.” Because it seems easier to just die when your struggling to stay alive. Another reason this could be a problem is the palliative care that the doctors would give would decrease. In a recent study 42% of people have said that they worry for the care for the dying with euthanasia becoming more of a legal thing. (Yount 18) Legalizing euthanasia would cause more people to be euthanized resulting in less good care for the dying people. Let’s imagine a child is ill and they decide he should be euthanized, he has his whole life ahead of him still and its ended early.With Euthanasia legalized there is a risk that people will not be able to express their wishes for a certain thing before they die. An advance directive also known as a “living will” is where a patient may write a “will” if they are concerned that they would not be able to express their wishes at a later date. This will result in people who go down hill quicker than expected and a doctor decides to euthanize them, they will not have a chance to express their wishes before dying. According to Medical News Daily 33% of people strongly disagree with Euthanasia. (Nordquist) This shows that these people who get ill and don’t have the time to express their wishes for a certain thing that they might want will not have a chance and if euthanasia was not legal they would have a chance to express their wishes before passing away.Legalizing euthanasia also devalues human life. With Euthanasia legalized many people question the value of techniques used to prolong the lives of babies or other people who have a very poor chance of survival. According to Euthanasia.com people who support euthanasia in the United States for terminally ill patients is 42% of people. (Lewis) If euthanasia is legalized there’s a risk of losing the value to keep people alive who are in critical situations. According to ProCon.org in the Netherlands ever since they legalized euthanasia there has been a slight stunt in the growth of medical care. This evidence proves that if euthanasia continues to be legal in different countries the stunt in medical growth will begin to grow into a larger problem.¬†Others that support Euthanasia say that “If a loved pet has a intractable suffering we put it down. It’s is seen as an act of kindness. Why should this kindness be denied to humans?” This argument is wrong because it really comes down to devaluing human life. According to Euthenasia.com 23 percent of people in the USA strongly disagree with Euthanasia. (Euthanasia Basics) Though some people may say that a dogs life is just as important as a humans life, most people believe that humans lives are more important than a dogs life. (CNN Library) Another reason this argument is wrong is that the possibility of turning a humans illness around is greater than turning a dog’s illness around. According to Life 32 percent of serious illnesses are cured and on dogs just under 25 percent are cured. (Arguments About Euthanasia) This evidence proves that it is more likely for a person’s illness to be turned around rather than a dogs illness.Though many people believe that euthanasia is a positive thing, we should not allow medical professionals to assist terminally ill patients with death. It would become too much of a slippery slope for doctors with time after it being legalized, risking not being able to express opinions. Lastly it devalues the humans life. Overall, medical professionals should not be able to help with a human’s death even when the person is terminally ill.

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