Should Euthanasia Be A New Option For Terminally Ill Patients?

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Should Euthanasia Be A New Option For Terminally Ill Patients? The loss of a loved one is a detrimental situation that everyone must go through at some point in life. However, when a person faces this point in life, whether it be their own death, or a loved ones, it is ideal that it be as simple and uncomplicated as possible. For terminally ill patients, hospice is a common form of late-stage care. “Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. Hospice care addresses the patient 's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice care also helps the patient 's family caregivers”(What is Hospice, 2014). Now however, a rather uncommon option is presented more often in the medical field, euthanasia. “Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit”(Euthanasia and assisted suicide). Euthanasia is used in the medical field for humans, and animals. It is often associated with veterinarians, and their practice of euthanasia with small animals. Only recently in time has it become a practice with humans. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are currently legalized in several countries around the world, such as Japan, Canada, Switzerland, and many more. It is also legalized in five states in the United States: Oregon, Montana, Vermont, California, and Washington. Out of these five states, the first one to legalize this medical…

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