In view of my debate in class, what are the pros and cons of mercy killing?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In view of your request, let me offer you some pros and cons. I will give you the pros first and then the cons.

First, you can say that mercy killing is the most merciful thing that you can do in view of the human suffering. This is especially so when the one who is suffering desires this. Second, if mercy killing can be done without pain, one can argue that it is also humane. Third, you can argue that this will also help loved ones as well. To see someone you love suffer is a difficult sight.

As for the cons, there are many as well. First, we ought never to play the role of God. We should not take life; in short, we have no right. Second, what happens if the person recovers? The human body is at times resilient beyond belief. Third, with the advancements in medicine, who know what can be cured?


Stephen Holliday eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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