Essay on Pro Euthanasia Argument in Mla Format

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Argument Essay
Active euthanasia should be permitted as a medical treatment to allow people the right to die with dignity without pain and in peace. Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide or mercy killing, takes on many different forms. When most Americans think of euthanasia, they think of a specific form that is referred to as “active euthanasia” which means to actively do something that will end a patient’s life with or without that individual’s consent. When euthanasia is performed in an involuntary manner it is usually because the patient is comatose, unconscious, or otherwise unable to communicate whether or not they want to have their life prolonged through artificial means. In such cases, the physician makes an
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It leaves the patient horrifically disfigured and in constant excruciating pain. Sebire’s extensive facial tumor took her sight, as well as her senses of smell and taste. Her request for legal euthanasia went all the way to the high court in Dijon, France where it was rejected. Sebire was found dead two days after the court made its ruling. She had committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Sebire was a former school teacher and a mother of three. She attracted a strong outpouring of sympathy when she appeared in a French television news interview for the right to "depart peacefully". Before-and-after pictures of the woman, her face severely deformed, have been featured in the press along with her account of frightened children who ran away at the sight of her. “Sebire learnt in 2002 that she had developed an esthesioneuroblastoma, an uncommon malignant tumour in the nasal cavity, which she said had led to "atrocious" suffering” (Collins). "In 2000, I lost the sense of smell and taste... and I lost my sight in October 2007," she said in the television interview. "One would not allow an animal to go through what I have endured," she said before urging President Nicolas Sarkozy to intervene and grant her request (The Daily Telegraph). It would seem nearly impossible to make a case for telling patients in situations such as Knottenbelt's and Sebire’s that they do not have the option to die with dignity. The majority of American lawmakers,

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