Should Euthanasia Be Legal? Essay

760 Words Dec 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Living life in so much pain that considering death over life is a decision that only that person can make. Euthanasia, also known as medically assisted suicide, comes from the Greek word meaning “good death.” A certified doctor must prescribe the drugs to the patient who wishes to end his or her life because he or she is suffering. Euthanasia is a personal decision that only a person in the situation can understand what it feels like to be faced with that life or death situation. Families can go back to living their lives and not have to worry about their loved one once this decision is made. It is imperative the attending doctor makes sure the patient knows all the potential side effects of the procedure which can include failures of the prescribed medication and the reality that the patient will indeed die once they take the drugs. End of life decisions have always been controversial, and ultimately the debate over whether euthanasia should be legal often becomes tangled in personal morals and individual belief system rather than medical facts and realistic outcomes. Euthanasia should become legal in all 50 states.
According to the journal Medical News Today (MNT), euthanasia has two main classifications: voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is with the consent of the patient. There are also two procedural ways to carry out euthanasia. The first is passive euthanasia (voluntary) which involves a doctor prescribing some medication to a…

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