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What is Euthanasia?

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Euthanasia What is Euthanasia? It is the intentional killing of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. Types of Euthanasia * Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed. * Non-voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. * Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. How Euthanasia is administered? * Euthanasia By Action (Actively): Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection. * Euthanasia By Omission (Passively): Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water. What is NOT Euthanasia? * Not commencing a treatment that would not provide a benefit to the patient. ...read more.


* The U.S. state of Oregon legalizes assisted suicide in 1998. * In 2000, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia. * In 2002, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia. The Book Destruction of Life not Worthy of Life (1920) In this book, authors Alfred Hoche, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Freiburg, and Karl Binding, a professor of law from the University of Leipzig, argued that patients who ask for "death assistance" should, under very carefully controlled conditions, be able to obtain it from a physician. This book helped support involuntary euthanasia by Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany (1939) In October of 1939 amid the turmoil of the outbreak of war Hitler ordered widespread "mercy killing" of the sick and disabled. ...read more.


With euthanasia no one's life is being saved - life is only taken. Steps taken to against Euthanasia * Between 1857 and 1865, a New York commission led by Dudley Field drafted a criminal code that prohibited "aiding" a suicide and, specifically," providing another person with any deadly weapon or poisonous drug, knowing that such person intends to use such weapon or drug in taking his own life" * In 1999, pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to a 10-25 year prison term for giving a lethal injection to Thomas Youk. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life * No one has the right to take another persons life. Life should be valued not abused as everyone is given only one chance to live. ...read more.

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