Summary: Euthanasia is drug administered to medically kill a patient upon request. It is administered to patients in critical condition that have few months to live and are in a lot of pain. In all cases that this drug is used, death is a better option than what the patient is currently experiencing. The law being passed to make euthanasia legal in California is being thought about currently. The reason for it not being passed would be that the government fears it will be abused and not used carefully enough so that more people will be in danger. It is also a feared that people will not be sure what to think about it and will not know when it is really necessary or when they will really need it. Some people have argued that it is immoral, just as immoral as abortion. However, abortion is not up to the child it is up to the mother and the person using euthanasia would make the decision to terminate their own life, making it more moral. The question is will it or will it not become legal.
Relevance: This is relevant in US history because it is an issue about what laws should or should not be passed. It is questioned if it is necessary/ if it is helpful for people in California. Similar to how laws were passed about slavery being abolished and others not being sure about even if it was the right thing to do.
Discussion Questions: Should this drug be legal?
How would you feel about someone close to you using this if need be?
Would you take it if you needed it?