Difference Between Dnr And Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is a very sensitive topic in today’s society. It means to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable suffering. Euthanasia is also referred to as physician-assisted suicide, or “mercy killing.” “Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) say doctors should be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide…” (Dugan P1). More and more Americans are letting their voices be heard and fighting for the right to die. Even though many consider euthanasia to be morally and ethically wrong, the choice should be given to the patient who is suffering. Death should not be painful, but rather peaceful. Euthanizing someone is not homicide. “Euthanasia is the right to a dignified …show more content…
If their heart stops beating, CPR is not to be given to the patient. Unless the patient is so sick he or she can not order a DNR, a family member may do it for them, however, a vast majority of the time, the patient is the one person who has the final say. So, what is the difference between ordering a DNR and euthanasia? The answer is that there is a very small difference between the two. “…DNRs can be regarded as a form of passive euthanasia” (DNR). Passive euthanasia is when a patient dies because medical professionals stop doing something that keeps the patient alive. If a patient orders a DNR, he or she is choosing life or death. The only difference between ordering a DNR and euthanasia is that, with a DNR, the medical professional is required to stop doing whatever it is that is keeping the patient alive, and with euthanasia, the medical professional is the one to take part in the killing of a patient. Otherwise, if thought about, both euthanasia and a DNR are the same. “Although they are not often viewed as being related to the practice of human euthanasia by most people, DNR orders are, by definition a form of euthanasia” (Wilson P4). Many people argue this statement. However, it is true. A patient ordering a DNR is nearly the exact same thing as euthanasia. Again, the only difference exists among the medical …show more content…
It is not immoral, and it is not unethical. It should be a patient’s given right to die. With more and more Americans supporting the idea, how can it not be legal? It’s hard for anyone to understand the true pain and suffering that a terminally ill patient is going through, which is why many believe that euthanasia is nothing more than the act of killing someone. A patient wanting to leave the world on his or her terms shall have the right to do so. Medical professionals should always consult with their patient about the options he or she has. There should be more and more options and less and less push to give the patient false hope. Sure, there’s always psycho-therapy or depression medication, but those are no guarantees on a person’s future health. It’s just an idea to try. Nonetheless, the patient should have the final decision. Not the government, or the religious groups, or even the loved ones in most cases. Life is precious, and if a patient who is terminally ill wants to take it, then they should be able

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