The Issue Of Euthanasia And Euthanasia Essay

1594 Words Dec 7th, 2015 7 Pages
“When I can’t tie my bow-tie, tell a funny story, walk my dog, kiss someone special, I’ll know that life is over. It’s time to be gone.” For this terminally ill patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the only choice left is physician assisted suicide, a type of euthanasia. Only ten percent of the states in the United States have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, making it a very controversial topic in the country. Pro-life activists continue trying to deter the legalization of euthanasia while pro-choice activists proceed their fight towards legalization in the United States.
Euthanasia coming from Greek origin means “easy death.” It is “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.” (“Euthanasia”). One type of euthanasia is voluntary euthanasia, in this case death occurs due to a lethal injection by a doctor whenever the patient requests it. The opposite, non-voluntary euthanasia occurs when the patient is unable to request death. The doctor ends the life of a suffering and dying patient who is comatose with the use of powerful drugs (Humphry). Physician assisted suicide is another type of mercy killing. Physician assisted suicide is “Suicide by an individual facilitated by means or information (as a gun or indication of the lethal dosage of a drug) provided by someone else aware of the individual 's intent” (“Assisted…

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