In class we discussed about euthanasia which is categorized in two groups, active and passive euthanasia. Many people including the American Medical Association, hold that active euthanasia is immoral because it involves an intention to kill other by another human. However, I agree with James Rachels who argues that active euthanasia is morally permissible in certain situations.
We discussed a lot about a comparison between killing and letting die. If some people think it is morally permissible to use passive euthanasia to help illness people to reduce pain, then there is no difference between active and passive euthanasia because the intention (to reduce pain) and the result will be the same. In fact, practice active euthanasia may be more preferable because it can end up illness people’ life more quickly and happily. Hence, it is to me that practicing active euthanasia is morally permissible.