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Don’t Legalize Euthanasia

Don’t Legalize Euthanasia Euthanasia, a term that can be described as “mercy killing” or the ending of a person’s life because they no longer have the desire to live. Euthanasia has been a worldwide controversial debate for many years. Two types of euthanasia may be discussed, active and passive. Active described as “killing” and passive as “allowing to die.” Is it the physical pain or is it depression that leads a person to desire death? If foreign countries allow, and cannot control their own “mercy killings,” why wouldn’t the United States follow in their footsteps? These questions and life are too often taken for granted. Euthanasia goes against our morals and duties as human beings. It should not be legalized in the United States, and where it is legal it should be stopped. Active euthanasia is the more controversial of the two types. Supporters of active euthanasia base their defense on “One, it is cruel and inhumane to refuse the plea of a terminally ill person for his or her life to be mercifully ended in order to avoid future suffering and/or indignity. Two, the individual choice should be respected to the extent that it does not result in harm to others; since no one is harmed by terminally ill patients’ undergoing active euthanasia…” (Mappes 57). The common rebuttal to this is, “One, Killing an innocent person is intrinsically wrong. Two, killing is incompatible with the professional responsibilities of the physician. And three, any systematic acceptance of active euthanasia would lead to detrimental social consequences (e.g., via a lessening of respect for human life)” (Mappes 57). Basically, a physician has a clear moral obligation to his/her patients, to cure and comfort. This “obligation” does not entail killing the patient. “The tragic consequences of physicians assisting their patients with death would have immeasurable and devastating effects…” (National Right to Life Committee). Fighting death and overcoming the odds is how Robert Provan proved doctors wrong. Bob contracted polio at the age of five; initially, he was paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors told his parents that he would never walk again. Due to impairment of respiration and other problems, they believed that he would not live to the age of twenty-one. He also might have been a perfect candidate for physician-assisted suicide (National Right to Life Committee). Were the doctors thinking “better dead than disabled?

Automobiles and Pollution

Automobiles and Pollution

In years past, levels of air, noise, and sight pollution were much lower than they are today. There are more cars on the road today, and because of this we experience higher levels of pollution than before. The automobile is probably the leading contributor pollution in our cities. They release toxic emissions into our atmosphere. Automobiles are linked particularly to carbon monoxide pollution. They are noisy (especially if you are living near the highway), and they take up valuable space in the form of vast parking lots that are unpleasing to the eye. Why are there more automobiles on the road today than there was in the past? Understanding the answer to this question is important when trying to propose an effective solution to the increasing levels of pollution that we are experiencing. Our current levels of high pollution are the result of an increased number of vehicles on the road.

There are several factors that have caused the increase in the number of cars that we have on our roads today. First, and most obvious, is the fact that our population has been growing over time and continues to grow exponentially, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We have more cars on our roads today for the simple fact that there are more people living in our country.

There are a greater percentage of drivers on our roads today as well as a larger population in general. I say this for the following reason. Our standard of living is relatively high, compared to other countries. Our per capita income is high enough for many of our citizens to be able to buy cars. This means that more people will continue to drive their single occupancy vehicles downtown to work or school, polluting all …

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