Should Euthanasia Be Allowed? Essay

1000 Words Mar 4th, 2006 4 Pages
Euthanasia allows a human being to die with dignity. Originating from the Greek terms "eu" (happy or good) and "thantos" (death), euthanasia means literally "happy death" or "good death". It is commonly defined as the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy (LeBaron). Assisted suicide is a form of euthanasia, when a person helps commit suicide or provides information of how to do so to another person. A person taking another person's life without his or her request in order for that person not to have ample suffering is a mercy killing. Both are methods of euthanasia. We all have the right to die if it ends a person's suffering or if a person …show more content…
If a patient cannot live without a life support system, then that patient cannot breathe on his or her own. If there was not a support system, the patient would die. Is the person considered dead? Not by most people, yet he or she technically would be dead. In my opinion, if a person cannot live without a life support system and is brain dead, that person should be considered dead and be able to die. Euthanasia is not entirely legal or illegal. Most people have heard of the man who practices euthanasia, Dr. Kevorkian. Throughout the years, Dr. Kevorkian has helped relieve over 40 people from their misery. He has helped people such as Sherry Miller, Thomas Hyde, Donald O'Keefe, Ann Arbor, and Jessica Cooper. The state of Michigan, where most cases occurred, has been trying to convict Dr. Kevorkian. Each case is thrown out because Michigan does not have a law against euthanasia. Patricia Smith, a 40 year-old nurse from Lee's Summit, suffered from "rapidly progressing multiple sclerosis" and died in Kevorkian's presence. Her husband and her father were also present. She died August 22, 1996. To show the terminally ill patient respect of his or her decision, most loved ones will witness the experience. "My lone voice cannot accomplish much. But in having written this book and taken action through the practice of medicine as the first step in the right direction, I have done all that I can on behalf of a

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