Essay about Euthanasi Euthanasia, Mercy Killing Or Murder?

762 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Euthanasia is the purposeful taking of life to relieve suffering (Rathus, 2015). There are two main views on euthanasia, mercy killing or murder. The thought that someone would view this as murder is absurd to me. If someone you love is suffering from a terminal illness and doesn’t want to suffer anymore, why wouldn’t you want them to be at peace? There are only 5 states in the U.S. that allow euthanasia, but what most people don’t know is that you must meet certain criteria to receive the aid.
The five states that allow euthanasia are California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Like I was saying earlier people don’t release there are certain criteria that need to be meet to receive euthanasia. All five states require residency, minimum age of 18, with six month or less until expected death and lastly it takes two oral/written requests within 15 days apart to a physician. Oregon passed euthanasia on November 8, 1994 the other four states have been passed within the last eight years(Euthanasia -, 2016). There is another state that is kind of up in the air about this situation, Montana. On the Death With Dignity Nation Center website it says "existing Montana state law provides immunity for physicians for withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment for a terminally-ill patient," but "does not specifically address physician-assisted suicide." I agree with Brittany Maynard’s dream and choice to die with dignity. My husband and I have had this…

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