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Old 05-20-2014, 05:28 PM
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I'm doing a persuasive essay on human euthanasia and why I think it should be legal in the US

Jack Kevorkian assisted at least one hundred thirty patients in euthanasia, an act where a terminally ill patient or a patient with an incurable disease/disorder can take medicine that will kill them painlessly within minutes. You can euthanize or put down a pet, but in most countries, human euthanasia is illegal. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and served eight years in prison, and he was released on condition that he would never participate in an act involving euthanasia. The state of Michigan revoked his medical license and he was no longer permitted to practice medicine or work with patients ever again. Were any of these punishments justified? Should assisting suicide need a punishment at all?

The main reason why euthanasia is illegal in the United States is because of something called the Hippocratic Oath. The Hippocratic Oath is an oath taken by doctors that promises they will do everything in their power to keep a patient alive. Physician-assisted suicide violates the Hippocratic Oath (ďI will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counselĒ), which is one of the major reasons why people are against it.

Because of the Hippocratic Oath, doctors have to try to revive a dead patient, regardless of the effects. The patient could suffer brain damage or worse, but because of the Hippocratic Oath, it doesnít matter. This oath denies rights that people have, for example: the US Supreme Court ruled that Ďa competent person has a constitutionally protected right to refuse any medical treatmentí. But the Hippocratic Oath makes it so that a patient canít do that, making euthanasia out of the question.

The Hippocratic Oath also says not to perform abortions, but that part was recently taken out. Why canít we take out the part about euthanasia? And anyways, the Hippocratic Oath has nothing to do with laws, itís just a thing that physicians and doctors say out of tradition; thereís no punishment for breaking it. Some medical students donít even swear to an oath (though in the United States, most do). So using the Hippocratic Oath as a reason why euthanasia should be illegal isnít a good argument.
Yeah... I don't know What do you guys think about it? Should it be legal?
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