Thesis: Human euthanasia is a process of terminating one’s life in a most humane and voluntary manner. Although people’s reaction to human euthanasia is highly unambiguous, there should be an option for an individual to consciously choose to end his or her life, because it is his or her human right. In addition, it can be the only escape from immense suffering and pain.
- Human euthanasia needs to allowed due to the fact that it is a human right to have control over one’s life. It is evident that many people are starting to understand this important concept and shifting their views on human euthanasia towards the liberation of the practice (Shala & Gusha, 2016).
- Euthanasia can be an only humane and viable solution to stop an unbearable pain and suffering. The study suggests that a majority of individuals requesting human euthanasia are people suffering from immense psychological pain (Thienpont et al., 2015).
- The practice of human euthanasia should be allowed due to the fact that most requests come from already terminally ill patients, who are suffering from psychosocial, psychological, and mental pain (Kim, De Vries, & Peteet, 2016).
- Suicide rates are still prevalent in places where human euthanasia is not allowed, which means that enabling the practice will simply provide a humane option to end one’s life. The study shows that a ban on human euthanasia is not due to compassion (Deak & Saroglou, 2015).
- Human euthanasia needs to be allowed because a majority of people want it (Lee, Duck, & Sibley, 2017).
- Counterargument: The logic behind ending one’s life through human euthanasia because the life is not worth living due to pain can be extended to people with disabilities because they too suffer from certain discomfort and pain (Fitzpatrick & Jones, 2017).
- Rebuttal: The given counterargument is unfounded due to the fact that the severity of pain is the main reason why human euthanasia needs to be used (Fitzpatrick & Jones, 2017). People with disabilities do not suffer from unbearable pain, but mere discomfort and treatable pain, which is present in everyone’s life.
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