Should voluntary euthanasia being legalized in all states?

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Should voluntary euthanasia be legalized in all states to relieve the pain and suffering of medically diagnosed terminally ill patients?

Write an essay that conforms to the requirements below. The paper must be 1500 to 2000 words in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

The paragraphs of your essay should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Introduction
    Your first paragraph should begin with the topic question, suitably revised. It should be focused, concrete, and on a relevant moral problem. You should then introduce the topic in the way described by the Week One instructions, but reflecting the developed understanding and information you have gained about the topic and any necessary refinement of the scope.

    Follow this with a thesis statement that states your position, and a brief description of the primary reason(s) supporting your position. (See the handout on thesis statements provided). Finally, provide a brief preview of the overall aim and procedure of your paper.
  • Explanation and Demonstration of Moral Reasoning
    This section of the Final Paper will explain and demonstrate what you believe to be the best way of reasoning about the question you have chosen, and showing how that reasoning supports the position you have taken on the question. You might explain the principles, rules, values, virtues, conceptions of purposes and ends, and other general ideas that you find persuasive, and show how they support concrete judgments.

    In the course of doing so, you must make reference to at least two of the approaches that we have examined in the course (such as deontological, utilitarian, or virtue-based), and utilize at least one resource off the provided list for each of the two approaches. One of these theories may be the theory you discussed in your Week Three Assignment, but your discussion here should be more refined.

    For example, you might find the reasoning associated with Aristotelian virtue ethics to be the most compelling, and reference Aristotle in the process of showing how that reasoning supports a certain conclusion. In the course of this, you could contrast that with a utilitarian approach, referencing Mill for instance.
  • Objection and Response
    After explaining the ethical reasoning that supports your position, you should raise an objection and respond to it. An objection articulates a plausible reason why someone might find the argument weak or problematic. You should explain how it brings out this weakness, and do so in a way that would be acceptable to someone who disagrees with your own argument. Then, provide the best response you can to the objection, showing how it does not undermine your position. Your response should not simply restate your original position or argument, but should say something new in support of it.
  • Conclusion
    Provide a conclusion that sums up what you presented in the paper and offers some final reflections.

Resource Requirement
You must use at least four scholarly resources. Two of the resources must be drawn from the list of acceptable primary resources on each of the two theories you discuss. For example, if you discuss deontology and virtue ethics, you would need at least one resource under the “Deontology” list and at least one resource under the “Virtue Ethics” list. The other two may be from either the Required or Recommended Resources, or scholarly resources found in the Ashford University Library.

  • The textbook may be cited, but it does not count toward the resource requirement. If you cite the textbook, you will still need to cite at least four more sources that fulfill the requirements stated above.
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Voluntary Euthanasia
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With the numerous advances in the technology of medicine nowadays there exists different cures
for different illness. Even a disease as deadly as cancer has different ways of medical solutions
for patients. However, there exist different instances where patients get terminally ill, and no
treatment can be administered to counter the situation. To relieve the patient off the burden of
suffering voluntary euthanasia is a technique that has been used for quite some time. Voluntary
euthanasia is the consent to death by a patient suffering from a terminal sickness. Hence approval
means the patient agrees to death.
This process has over the years been regarded as a way to avoid the pain that is suffered by many
patients who have lost the hope of ever getting a cure for their illness. For instance, in some
regions like China, voluntary euthanasia is conducted through refusal to consumption of food
and water since the practice is illegal in China patients to do this process themselves hence
raising an ethical issue concerning voluntary euthanasia. However, some states in the U.S have
legalized this practice as a way of reducing the pain suffered by patients. Voluntary euthanasia
has over the years raised various ethical questions relating to the death of patients with some
practitioners arguing that the process is rational, but others claim that assisting a patient to die
goes against the medical practitioner's role of protecting life. But whether the situation may be
argued out on a rational basis or not, the decision on consent rests on the affected patient hence
in this case ethnicity and rationality has to be looked at the affected patient's point of view.
Therefore for this essay, I will take a look at the ethical implication of voluntary euthanasia
(McCormack, Clifford & Conroy, 2012).
Position statement
Voluntary euthanasia has to be legalized in all states to relieve the pain and suffering of
diagnosed patients. I support voluntary euthanasia since it provides ill patients the opportunity to
decide on whether they would like to continue suffering or end the pain. Hence in this essay, I
will link the ethical aspect of the process with the thesis statement above to prove that voluntary
euthanasia is moral and should be legal in all states. To achieve this, I will offer concrete
arguments in favor of voluntary euthanasia since it is beneficial to my point of view.
Explanation and demonstration of moral...

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