Why Should Euthanasia be Legal in the United States?


by Julia Cohon


Central Argument:

The Challenge:

Regardless of the previous argument, the United States believes that euthanasia should not be legal in all fifty states because of the current options and negative connotation attributed to euthanasia. The United States has not legalized the practice of euthanasia because of the alternative options that are already in place. Depression is commonly seen in terminal patients and it is difficult to assess cases where euthanasia is needed versus cases where it is wanted. Additionally, the basis of some of the popular religions in the United States emphasize the value of life and therefore do not condone the practice of euthanasia. When comparing situations of euthanasia in the countries where the practice is legal, there are many negative impacts on both patients and doctors. Medical professionals hesitate to suggest euthanasia as it violates the trust between doctors and patients. The main reason that the United States has not legalized euthanasia in all fifty states is due to the societal perspective that does not condone mercy killing. Overall, the argument for euthanasia is based upon the idea that people who are in agony because of their illness should not have the right to be euthanized in the United States because of the negative outcomes seen in other countries and perspectives of death in society and religion.

The Solution:

Euthanasia is an issue that does not have one solution to why it should or should not be legal. Some people argue that euthanasia should be legal because it benefits patients. Others argue that euthanasia should not be legal because it is not morally acceptable.

What do you think?:


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  1. April 25, 2019 by Kim Banion

    Thanks for raising awareness on this important issue, Julia!

  2. April 27, 2019 by Orly.Richter

    Hi Julia! Euthanasia is something that I have never really stopped to think about, but your presentation made me realize the potential applications in our society. I’ve had pets that had to be euthanized, but I never really made the connection to usage in humans. It’s difficult to accept that some people are in situations where euthanasia is the best option, but it’s not up to us to determine how these people should cope with their suffering. If they collaborate with medical professionals and decide that euthanasia is the best option for them, then that should be legal.

  3. May 02, 2019 by Larson Palmgren

    Hi Julia, I focused on this for my project as well! It is definitely something that needs much more awareness as it is bound to become a more and more relevant part of our society. Overall great project, I really liked the infographic at the start.

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