Is euthanasia morally justifiable? What is euthanasia? According to J. Gay-Williams euthanasia is taking a human life, either one’s own or that of another, the life being taken is believed to be suffering from some disease or injury from which recovery cannot reasonably be expected. These actions must be deliberate and intentional. J. Gay-Williams believes that euthanasia is not morally justifiable.
Williams gives three main reasons to justify why he believes that euthanasia is not morally justifiable. He argues that euthanasia is not natural, works against self-interest, and it has practical effects. He believes that euthanasia is not natural. he also explains passive euthanasia which he believes is not euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is not giving someone their needed medicine or not giving someone their needed medicine.
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People fight through illnesses on a daily bases and allowing euthanasia as an option gives an outlet that might not be needed. If euthanasia was allowed how many people would try to fight for their life? Not many. People would give up and we would not have as many survivors as we do. Williams also states the euthanasia works against our self- interest because we could want out to make our families happy.
Another reason that Williams says euthanasia is not morally justified is because it has practical effects. Doctors go through different challenges day to day to see what they can do to help someone to live another day. They take pride in their work. Doctors go to school for many years and work hard to get their jobs and also put in long hours. If euthanasia was an option then doctors might not work as hard. They might not try to find a cure for cancer because they know that someone with cancer can kill themselves if treatment does not work. Euthanasia would result in a decline in the quality of medical care says Williams. Williams also says that euthanasia is a slippery slope. Choosing euthanasia puts one’s life in the hands of others and this makes euthanasia involuntary. This would give other the responsibility of someone’s life. Euthanasia would allow for people who are considered extremely ill and will not make it to be killed.
Williams believes that euthanasia is not morally justified. He thinks that it is not dying but killing. He believes that it violates the natural course of human life and takes away our dignity. He believes that suffering and fighting is a part of life and euthanasia eliminates this aspect of life.
I agree with Williams and feel that euthanasia is not morally justified. Placing the life of someone into another’s hands should not be done. Only God should be able to select life or death for someone. Killing someone and taking your own life is a sin.