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Euthanasia 18 Essay

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Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering. Euthanasia is categorized in different ways, which include voluntary, non-voluntary, or involuntary and active or passive. Euthanasia is usually used to refer to active euthanasia, and in this sense, euthanasia is usually considered to be criminal homicide, but voluntary, passive euthanasia is widely non-criminal. "Euthanasia's" original meaning introduced the idea of a "rightful death" beyond that only found in natural deaths.

There are strong proponents on both sides of the debate for and against euthanasia. The word euthanasia comes from two Greek words, "eu" meaning good, and thanatos meaning death. Proponents of euthanasia believe it is everyone's right to die at a time of their own choosing, and in a manner of their own choosing, when faced with terminal illness rather than suffer through to the ...view middle of the document...

Though it is not ethical to assist or be involved in a human beings death, in some cases, taking into consideration the involved person’s quality of life, euthanasia should be legalized. It will lead to a person having an option to consult his/her medical practitioner and choosing the right time and right way to end his/her life. But at the same time laws should be in place to make sure that there are proper standards in place to avoid unnecessary deaths in our present day stress filled lives.

Netherlands was the first country to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2001. The Dutch Parliament finally legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide.
I believe we should be able to die with dignity. While there are obvious needs for safeguards and protocols to protect the innocent from predators, if someone is terminally ill and no longer considers their quality of life to be sufficient to continue, then they should be allowed to request medications to end their life.

I have watched relatives die of cancer; no-one deserves to be forced to go through that process unwillingly. Those that want to should get all the support they need; those that choose to die early should be given the means to do so.
My argument is the simple point that people should have the choice of what they do with their bodies. For example, if diagnosed with a terminal disease, people should at least be able to choose whether they want to live or die. Euthanasia is defined as the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. It says right in the definition that it is for the person’s benefit. Euthanasia literally means “good death.”

There was a person terminally ill with cancer. He
couldn't eat or sleep, he just laid there, constantly in pain. There
was nothing they could do as far as cancer treatment, because his body
was too old and weak. So, he suffered for almost 2 months, while we
all watched him suffer more and more everyday as he lay there dying.
He stated many times how he just wanted to die and didn't want to live
anymore. But, we (society) forced him to suffer. This is something
that should have never happened and should never happen again.

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