Discusses passive and active euthanasia; political, legal and family issues; views of Pope Paul II; medical ethics.
“Euthanasia has become an important issue in the protection of human dignity. As medical science becomes more capable at prolonging life, but not necessarily at making that life valuable, euthanasia becomes an option to be considered by those who suffer, those who love them, and those who are charged with their care. Passive euthanasia refers to the withdrawal of “heroic” measures that keep a moribund person alive, and active euthanasia means taking a positive action that leads directly to the death of another person, and active euthanasia is considered murder in most legal and religious systems (Urofsky 15). However, active euthanasia should be legalized. It is first of all a humane way of ending life in the event of a terminal illness or debilitating and incurable injury. The legalization of active euthanasia would also end the physical and emotional…”