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Should euthanasia be legalised?
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Euthanasia, or mercy killing has been a controversial issue for many years. Although many people are strongly against such a practice, there is a growing demand to have it legalised. How far do you agree with euthanasia being made legal?
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It is a heated debate for a long time whether euthanasia should be legalised. Although its motivation sterms from benefits of patients, such a practice may lead to attitude of disrespecting sanctity of life in the society as well as hardly keep under control.
Euthanasia in some certain circumstances is very beneficial for patients. For example, if people have a terminal disease and can die at any time when there is no loved one around, it will be a terribly lonely death. A planned death with a chance to say final words with their beloved, thus, seems to be a better choice. With patients being suffering from critically ill such as the last stage of cancer, euthanasia could end physical and mental agonies, bringing them a peaceful end.
However, the first argument against authanasia come from people who find it disrespect sanctity of life. It begins by the idea that our inherent values doesnot depend on our potential achievement or whether we make others’ life better, our existence in itself is a marvel and have its meaning. People, therefore, should respect our own values and lives as well as others'. Accepting authanasia, unfortunately, is synonym of accepting that some lives namely disabled or sick ones are less precious than others. Regarding to people who choose assisted suicide as a way to end their suffering, they themselves negative their inherent worth.
Moreover, when euthanasia is legalised, it may go out of control. It is feared that unsrupulous family members and doctors will exploit this law for their personal advantages by taking life of a person against their will. One high-profile example is patients who are in vegatative state, their life could be considered not worth living but they have never expressed any wish to die, then unvoluntary euthanasia is an unhumine act and should not be enacted.
All things considered, appearantly, euthanasia is a two-edged sword. In my opinion, it should be legalised only when having an appropriate guidance and a strict suppervision of the authority to determine the validity of this pratice and avoid undesirable consequences.

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