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Euthanasia is clearly a deliberate and intentional aspect of a killing. Taking a
human life, even with subtle rites and consent of the party involved is
barbaric. No one can justly kill another human being. Just as it is wrong for a
serial killer to murder, it is wrong for a physician to do so as well, no matter
what the motive for doing so may be. Many thinkers, including almost all
orthodox Catholics, believe that euthanasia is immoral. They oppose killing
patients under any circumstances. Every human being has a natural inclination to
continue living. Canadian and most other law forbids any form of homicide,
including euthanasia and it is alleged that assisted suicide does eventually
accustom a society to violence. It has been claimed that euthanasia brutalizes a
society, as mercy killings are seen as a form of socialized violence. In any
case killing a human being is immoral and unethical. Life should be valued, not
abused, since everyone is only given one chance to live. Because death is final
and irreversible, euthanasia contains within it the possibility that mistakes do
happen and in fact an incorrect diagnosis is possible. If society condemns
patients who are "terminally ill" and in the end a mistake in the diagnosis
is discovered then the suffering and blame would not fall on technology but on
society itself. Suffering is surely a terrible thing and society has a clear
duty to comfort those in need and to ease their suffering when it can. But
suffering is also a natural part of life with values for the individual and for
others that we should not overlook. Knowing that a life can be taken at any time
will incline people to give up too easily, hence seeking an escape in
euthanasia. Killing a human being is not justified under any circumstances,
which is why euthanasia should no longer be in practice. Although many countries
around the world accept assisted suicide as part of their social norm, the fact
remains that any type of murder is illegal in most societies. The American case
of "It’s over Debbie", in which a gynecology resident gave a lethal
injection of morphine to a woman with ovarian cancer, questions the legality of
any doctor’s intents and actions. First, the resident appears to have
committed a felony: premeditated murder. Direct intentional homicide is a felony
in all American jurisdictions, for which a plea of merciful motive is no excuse.

Second, law aside, the physician behaved altogether in a scandalously
unprofessional and unethical manner contrary to the policy of the American

Medical Association. He did not know the patient: he had never seen her or her
family, he did not study her chart, and he did not converse with her or her
physician. He took, as an unambiguous command, her only words to him, "Let’s
get this over with." Instead of thinking of ways in which he could ease her
suffering, he brought her death. This is no humane and thoughtful physician
succumbing with fear and trembling to the pressures and wishes of a patient, for
which there was truly no other recourse. "This is an impulsive yet cold
technician, arrogantly masquerading as a knight of compassion and humanity"
who should be punished for his actions. When a patient asks for assistance in
dying, and the doctor then gives the patient a lethal injection, there is no way
of disguising what is happening. The doctor’s intention is clear, this is
undoubtedly a killing and not an allowing to die. An essential aspect of
euthanasia is that it involves taking a human life of a person who is suffering
from some disease of injury from which recovery cannot reasonably be expected.

The action is deliberate and intentional as stated in section 231(2) of the

Canadian Criminal Code: Murder is first degree when it is planned and
deliberate. Section 222(1) of the Criminal Code states: A person commits
homicide when, directly or indirectly, by any means, he causes the death of a
human being. Therefore, when a doctor injects a lethal injection he is doing so
deliberately with the intention to cause death to his patient. Nowhere in the

Criminal Code does it state that one can use a merciful plea as a defense for
murder. People like Dr. Kevorkian of Michigan, who continue masquerading as"helpful god" to assist terminally ill patient in death, should be
incarcerated for breaking the law. If society allows one or two or three people
get away with cold-blooded murder, then a sure downfall will follow.

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