Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide : The Act Of Killing A Patient

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Euthanasia is the act of killing a patient in order to end their suffering. Similarly, assisted suicide is the act of committing suicide with the help of a caregiver and sometimes, a physician. Both are illegal in most countries, but are becoming widely accepted more and more. There are various types of euthanasia including voluntary, non-voluntary, and involuntary. One type of euthanasia is voluntary. This means that the patient chooses to die, but the physician is the one who ends their life. An example of this is if a patient requests a doctor to give a lethal injection due to being competent and in pain. A person who is terminally ill might choose this if they are sick of being in treatment and want a way out. One big reason is pain or anticipated pain. They also may feel pressure from their family and not want to be a burden or want to have control over their own death. They may want certain family members or other people close to the patient present to support them. Another type of euthanasia is non-voluntary, sometimes called “mercy killing”, which occurs when the physician ends the life of a terminally ill person without knowing if they want to live or not. The doctor would give a lethal injection to the patient who is experiencing severe suffering, but the patient would be incompetent and unable to make their wishes known. This usually happens with young children or patients in a vegetative state and is…

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