Trabajo presentado a la Mtra. Ortencia Sandoval Castro como parte integral de los requisitos del curso deInglés III
Jesús Alfonso Peralta Rodríguez
Hermosillo, Sonora. Agosto, 2010
There are strong proponents on both sidesof the debate for and against euthanasia. The word euthanasia comes from two Greek words, "eu" meaning good, and thanatos meaning death. Proponents of euthanasia believe it is everyone's right to dieat a time of their own choosing, and in a manner of their own choosing, when faced with terminal illness rather than suffer through to the bitter end. Opponents argue that euthanasia cannot be a"private matter of self-determination and personal beliefs, because it is an act that requires two people to make it possible and a complicit society to make it acceptable". They consider euthanasia theequivalent of murder, which is against the law everywhere in civilized society, and maintain that medicine and law are the "principal institutions that maintain respect for human life in a secularpluralistic society." Somerville accuses euthanasia proponents of wanting to make death a purely technical issue, of stripping it of all its humanity, and allowing us to control the time, place, andmanner of our death to make it as cheap and efficient as possible. It is interesting that she makes a distinction between euthanasia as an active process designed to end life, yet does not considerwithdrawing life-saving treatment in the same light. Others do not make this distinction. It is also of interest that she dismisses the notion that physicians are presently carrying out euthanasia in somecases quietly, and in a dignif.
Euthanasia Pros and Cons
Euthanasia: The intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. (If death is not intended,...