Euthanasi A Woman Suffering From End Stages Of Dementia Essay

1374 Words Apr 1st, 2016 null Page
Claire Conroy, a woman suffering from end stages of dementia, robbed of her right to choose voluntary euthanasia. She had other health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, gangrene in her leg, bedsores, and was unable to talk. She could not control her bladder or bowels, and was only able to moan, scratch, and sometime smile if someone was combing her hair. Claire had not gotten to exercise her right to die. She died a slow and painful death, suffering from infection and dementia. This is just one example of a huge issue facing Americans caused by current laws, religious beliefs, and ethical debates; the effects are needless suffering, emotional stress, financial ruin, and driving people to criminal acts. Euthanasia by definition means “good death”, and refers to the act of ending someone’s life in order to relieve him or her from pain and suffering. Euthanasia can be done voluntarily or involuntarily. Voluntary euthanasia occurs when the patient is aware of the decision to end his or her own life. Involuntary euthanasia occurs when the patient’s family on their behalf makes a decision if they are too incompetent to make that decision on their own. Euthanasia includes the physician administering the lethal substance to end the life of the patient. Physician assisted suicide consists of the patient’s physician prescribes the lethal substance to the patient whom administers the medicine on their own. In the 1870, Samuel William suggested using anesthetics…

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