Euthanasia is an oath that must be taken by

Euthanasia constructs society’s downfall by the legalization of the practice itself. Society’s downfall begins when a large and powerful country such as The United States or Canada legalizes something. The slippery slope theory argues that as people allow something relatively harmless today, they may establish a trend resulting in the unthinkable becoming acceptable. As euthanasia becomes legal and is introduced in one society, other countries will take advantage of it. The decisions that one nation makes affects every other nation surrounding it and legalizing euthanasia in one nation would affect more than just them. A nation making changes to the law has a responsibility towards its citizens as well as the international community. Between 1997 – 2015, 8 countries around the world legalized euthanasia. In The United States alone 7 states have accepted and legalized euthanasia. It began in 1994, Oregon was the first state to legalize, then between 2008-2016, 6 states finalized their decision to legalize. For this reason, euthanasia should not be legalized in any country because of the slippery slope theory. The Hippocratic Oath is an oath that must be taken by doctors in certain countries. This oath discusses what is needed to be a doctor and what should and should not happen. Many doctors who take this oath believe in treating their patients to the best of their abilities and not giving up, the oath explains that a physician should not do anything to deliberately harm the patient.  Dr. Peter Ravenscroft, a Medical Professor in Palliative Care at a hospital in New South Wales, Australia once stated, “I value sitting with dying patients or holding their hands. It reminds me that life is a great mystery and we all share the characteristics of being human. We take part in all of life, including dying, but we are not masters of it.” Dr. Ravenscroft’s statements indirectly express his stand against euthanasia. Around the world there are 114 countries apart of the World Medical Association, including Canada and the United States, these countries are required to take the Hippocratic Oath as a rite of passage into the medical world. Earlier, Dr. Howard Martin was introduced. Martian is a physician who practices in the UK has spontaneously admitted to the Daily Telegraph that he has taken part in many death of his patients even those who have not given their consent. In the Uk, it is required for any practicing physician to take the oath. Ultimately, euthanasia does, in fact, contradict the Hippocratic Oath. In the Catholic Church, euthanasia is looked down upon and is not supported. The arguments are based on the belief that life is given to you as a gift from God, and that human beings are made in the image and likeness of God. During Evangelium Vitae, 1995, Pope John Paul II said, “Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it’s the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person,” he later adds, “True compassion leads to sharing another’s pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.” In the Catholic Church, it is believed to be immoral to kill a human being even if it means putting them out of pain. Section 2268 of the Catechism states, ”  The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful.” Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is an organization that collects information about euthanasia in Canada to inform the public so the Catholic community is able to find a moral and more humane solution for this issue. The opposition of ethical principles, religious principles, and negative impact on society are all reason that can effectively argue against the morality of euthanasia. Also, it defies God’s word and knowledge from a Catholic perspective and takes away the value of suffering that brings one closer to God. In conclusion, families and patients must remain hopeful and fight the good fight instead of making death an option to relieve suffering. God did not create suffering with the intention of people ending their lives due to pain, suffering is to make someone stronger. Finally, euthanasia is not and should never be moral as it goes against ethical principles, defies religious principles, constructs a society’s downfall, and contradicts the Hippocratic Oath.

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