The Ethics Of Euthanasia And Hospice Care Essay

800 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
A Right to Die Who decides when someone’s life is over? Euthanasia, also called mercy killing, is the act of putting someone to death painlessly or allowing a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition (Definition). Euthanasia has been exercised since ancient greece and later in 1870, Samuel Williams proposed using anesthetics and morphine to end someone’s life. Dr. Jack Kevorkian was the person who really started the modern debate over euthanasia. He “became a pathologist who assisted people suffering from acute medical conditions in ending their lives. After years of conflict with the court system over the legality of his actions, he spent eight years in prison after a 1999 conviction. Kevorkian 's actions spurred national debate on the ethics of euthanasia and hospice care” (Jack). This all seems inhumane, when really it’s not. If your Granny was in a lot of pain and didn’t want to go on her life in pain, what would you do to help her? Drug her up, ignore her complaints, or help her? “The first state in the country to pass the Death with Dignity law was Oregon in 1997. Both Washington and Vermont followed suit in 2009 and 2013 consecutively. This law allows physicians to prescribe medication to a terminally ill patient requesting to end their life in a civilized manner. Montana and New Mexico will allow a physician to prescribe medication to a patient with terminal illness with a court order. There are currently 10…

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