Inquiry question: Should Euthanasia be legalized?
First I would like to give a definition of Euthanasia by the marriam-webster dictionary: “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy”. For this question I will be exploring the pros and cons of Euthanasia, the cases where this has taken place along with the outcome, the abuse of Euthanasia and hopefully develop a fair argument for my conclusion.
I plan on doing 4 rounds for this project, but these are the first 3:
Round 1 will be looking at what is covered by the law. In a couple countries around the world Euthanasia is legal, but for the most part it is definitely not. One of the main issues is determining which individuals or illness qualifies. By definition it is intended for the hopelessly sick or injured. But what is the tipping point?
Round 2 will be looking at the religious aspect of this. Many religions, for example Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism are against Euthanasia, this is not to say that all people practicing in these religions are against it, but the majority are. I want to take a closer look at the most common religions, their view and their reasoning behind either being for or against euthanasia. Along with how religion could conflict with ones wishes.
Round 3 will be looking at who would facilitate euthanasia. You would assume that doctors would be the ones too, but a doctor could refuse to if they disagree with it possibly due to their religion belief. Another point to consider is when different doctors would feel comfortable assisting someone take their life.. For example if someone has three months to live, but is in pain, apposed to someone with mental illness who is not necessarily going to die in the next couple years, but is unable to communicate and is not lucid.