Essay Should Euthanasia Be Legalized?

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Euthanasia, also referred to as mercy killing is the act of putting a person to death painlessly or allowing them to die. When most people hear the word and the meaning, they immediately feel it’s the worst thing that could happen to a person. They are wrong because euthanasia has proven to be beneficial in numerous ways and has several benefits. Mercy killing may be voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is euthanasia conducted with consent. Involuntary euthanasia is conducted without consent. The decision is made by another person because the patient is incapable of doing so himself or herself (“What is Euthanasia...assisted Suicide”?). Assisted suicide is a merciful means to an end of long-term suffering and should be legal in every country because it is not immoral, it’s harmless to others and it saves lives.
Euthanasia comes from the Greek words, Eu (good) and Thanatosis (death) and it means "Good Death, "Gentle and Easy Death." This word has come to be used for "mercy killing." In this sense euthanasia means the active death of the patient, or, inactive in the case of dehydration and starvation. The first recorded use of the word euthanasia was by Suetonius, a Roman historian, to describe the death of Augustus Caesar. The actions of easy death have been applied for hopeless patients who have been suffering extreme pain since the ancient ages. In ancient Greece, suicide of the patient who was suffering extreme pain and had an incurable terminal illness was…

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