Essay on Euthanasia Is The Painless Killing Of A Patient

929 Words Mar 29th, 2016 4 Pages
The dictionary definition of euthanasia is the “the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma”. While euthanasia is synonymous to the term “mercy killing”, it is illegal in most of the states in the USA. In the late 1930s and early 1940s in Germany, though, this act was legal. Its accessibility drew in Adolf Hitler, leading to the formation of Aktion T4, a forced euthanasia program with the intentions of killing the incurably ill, physically or mentally disabled, emotionally distraught, and elderly people. This program was later known in history as the precursor of mass deportations and concentration camps.
The Aktion T4 program, despite Hitler’s announcements, began in the summer of 1939. Hitler officially announced the existence of this program as beginning the day the second World War started, September 1, 1939. In the beginning of this program, the victims were infants and young children. Midwives and doctors were required to register children up to age three who showed symptoms of mental retardation, physical deformity, or other symptoms included on a questionnaire from the Reich Health Ministry. From there on, the children registered were to be looked at by three doctors appointed by Hitler including Dr. Karl Brandt who would see the children’s forms rather than the children themselves and decide their fates. A red plus mark on the child’s special form meant that that doctor had decided to kill the child.…

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