Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

1694 Words Apr 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Euthanasia is a four syllable word with the literal power to kill. Since ancient times, colonies have used euthanasia to help those suffering ease into death. It’s even known that in classical Athens, city magistrates kept a supply of poison for anyone who wished to die (Falconer.) Several people have a tendency to associate euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAD) with inhumane, harsh punishment when in fact, that is simply not the case. The two major types of euthanasia consist of passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is where medical treatment is withheld from patients at their own will and they wait until they finally pass away. The second, more commonly known type is active euthanasia where lethal substances or force are used to peacefully end a person’s life (Banerjee.) Both types of euthanasia sound cringe worthy for sure, yet it is even more heartbreaking and disgusting to keep a person in a fatal, unimaginably painful situation in that state until they die. Because of this, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide should be internationally legalized despite the moral apprehensions held by society.
Before drinking the medicine that puts fatally ill patients into a coma, the older gentleman was asked by his doctor, “What will this medication do for you?” He quickly answered with, “It will kill me and make me happy.” (McNamara). Those within society who support euthanasia and physician assisted suicide tend to fall in line nicely with…

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