Euthanasia in the United States Essay
An issue facing much of today’s elderly and terminally ill populations is that of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Several countries, most notably the Netherlands, has legalized euthanasia and physician assisted suicide leading to what is now referred to as “death tourism”. People from across the world are traveling to place with legalized euthanasia, like the Netherlands, in order to end their lives through assisted suicide. Some political groups are now proposing that there should be a “right to die” so that those who are experiencing a painful terminal illness or debilitating condition could chose to end their life with assistance from a physician. In the past …show more content…
In 1906 and 1907 the Ohio and Iowa received petitions to legalize active euthanasia.  Both proposals failed. In 1939 a group called the Euthanasia Society of America (ESA) began its first attempt to legalize euthanasia in the United States. This attempt, and many consecutive endeavors, failed. A possible contribution to the failure of the 1939 attempt and the following efforts was the start of Nazi Germany’s involuntary euthanasia of the mentally and physically disabled. This involuntary euthanasia initiative’s purpose of eliminating "life unworthy of life" soured many subsequent attempts to legalize voluntary active euthanasia. By 1967, massive educational campaigns had changed the public perception of euthanasia enough to enable living wills, or advance health care directives, to be legally accepted. Living wills were then able to allow people to request to be taken off life support, a form of passive euthanasia, after becoming incapacitated and unable to articulate that request.
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