Ethical Differences Between Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient that is suffering from an incurable, painful disease, or in an irreversible coma. Euthanasia can be vountary meaning that the person has requested it, involuntary meaning that it is against the patients wishes, and non-voluntary meaning that the patient gives no consent and has not requested it. This is legal in 5 states in the United States of America, including: Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Vermont. People also think of euthanasia as assisited suicide, but there is a difference between the two. Euthanasia is when a doctor performs the final act such as an injection while assisted suicide is when the patient himself performs the final act such as ingesting pills. There are many forms of euthanasia and assisted suicide along with many reasons to why it should, and shouldn’t be illegal. (Life, 2015)
How Does Euthanasia Work?
There are many ways that euthanasia is preformed, some that are more painful than others. These ways include drugs,
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If you are assisted by another person to preform your suicide, even if you wanted them to, they could be charged with murder. If someone wants to die, but is unable to do it themselves, they are unable to do so because of it being considered murder, besides where assisted suicide is legal. (BBC, 2014)
Why Should Euthanasia be legal? There are many reasons why euthanasia should be legal because it provides a peaceful death to those who are suffering. If a patient decides that they would like to die, that is their choice and they should be allowed to do so with their wishes. Suicide is not illegal, and allows people to kill themselves, but what if you want to die but are unable to preform the suicide yourself and need assistance. When given a survey, 80% of people in the public said that they wanted the law to change to allow doctors to assist with death when patients are terminally ill.

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