Euthanasia Is The Painless Killing Of A Competent Patient Essay

1584 Words Dec 11th, 2014 7 Pages
Sue Rodriguez was a mother in her early thirties that received the news that she had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Doctor’s informed her that the condition would cause her body to slowly deteriorate until the day that, fully conscious, she would choke to death (Docker, 2009). In 1933, she urged the Supreme Court to allow her the opportunity to seek a doctor’s help in choosing when and how she would die, rather than facing the painful death. Sadly, they denied her plea. She lived in fear of the agonizing and inevitable pain until one anonymous doctor recognized her suffering and took the action to put her at rest illegally. The doctor was charged with murder, however, many people viewed his actions as heroic and compassionate (2009). This is because she died in a means that ended her suffering, also known as euthanasia.
Euthanasia has been a controversial topic that dates back to early medical history. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a competent patient who is suffering from an incurable and painful disease, also known as “mercy killing.” There are a few different kinds of euthanasia practices such as involuntary, voluntary, passive, and aggressive. Each one hold its own definitive term, but all ultimately state that the patient is undergoing a life threatening disease and would have the option to end their lives. The word euthanasia derives from Greek origin meaning “good death,” but has been applied to cases where the ill or disabled seek help in…

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