Euthanasia Is More Than Mercy Killing Essay

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Euthanasia is more than “mercy killing,” it has many different components that support why it should be legalized. There are two types of euthanasia, passive and active. According to Daniel Gorman, the author of “Active and passive euthanasia: The Case of Drs. Claudio Alberto de la Rocha and Nancy Morrison.” Gorman is in the medical field and in this article it talks about both of the types of euthanasia, active and passive euthanasia. “Hastening the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course is known as passive euthanasia” (Gorman). Passive euthanasia is more common since it seems more more morally correct, in the states that do have euthanasia legal they practice this form of euthanasia more often that active euthanasia. The altering of support would include turning off any ventilators that are helping that person stay alive. Many doctors give large doses of morphine to ensure that the patient is in no pain whatsoever. The other side of euthanasia is active euthanasia, this form is more controversial because it is see as direct killing of the patient. “Active euthanasia involves causing the death of a person through a direct action, in response to a request from that person” (Gorman). Many doctors in the past have administered large doses of lethal medicine to the patient. This form of euthanasia is why a lot of society has doubt about euthanasia. Each form of euthanasia is giving this patient the right to say when and how…

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