Euthanasia Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Should euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, be legalized? The term euthanasia is of Greek origin, Eu meaning "good" and Thanatos meaning "death". It is defined as 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. It is a worldwide topic that is highly debatable. Assisted suicide contains many diverse practices, most of which are illegal in many countries. No matter how it is carried out, or the restrictions that are in place, many say it goes against their beliefs, both moral and religious.
Euthanasia is classified in many different ways, the two main classifications being
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According to NHS Choices voluntary euthanasia is when a person consciously makes the decision themselves. However, on the other hand, Involuntary euthanasia is when someone makes the decision for the patient because they aren’t able to make it themselves. An example of this would be if someone was in a coma or brain dead. Rita Simon explains in Euthanasia and the Right to Die the story of involuntary euthanasia. A Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, had a heart attack that left her in a vegetative state for 15 years and her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube so she would die. Although Schiavo’s family took him to court to stop him, his wish was granted and his wife 's feeding tube was taken out. Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005. Lastly is involuntary euthanasia, which is the act of performing euthanasia against the patient 's wishes. All of the forms of euthanasia, with the exception of passive euthanasia, is illegal or have many restrictions on …show more content…
“By the late 1950’s, significant medical and technological advances made it feasible to maintain terminally ill and permanently unconscious patients for a much longer period of time than previously possible, but this raised certain quality of life issues” (Simon,Euthanasia and the Right). Those that support assisted suicide and euthanasia agree that everyone should get the choice to have a death with dignity. World of Health states that opponents argue that active euthanasia brings with it the risk that society may become more tolerant of killing, eventually making involuntary killing and killing for the societal convenience acceptable. Killing has always been morally wrong and euthanasia tends to test those

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