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Literature Review on Euthanasia. Cangialosi points out that euthanasia is a need but not a want and the government should look at it case by case.

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Ethics "An overview of the debate over euthanasia and the right to die" Jason Cangialosi, November 2005. The author started the article by explaining that euthanasia is not a personal decision consciously made but is the choice of the family by suggestion of doctors to end life support. He went on to say that euthanasia is a medical need where keeping the individual alive would cause more physical pain for him/her self and psychological pain for the families. The author stated that when considering most moral decisions, we often evaluate individual's happiness therefore in the case of euthanasia, we must look at that aspect. Would the individual be capable of happiness or bringing others happiness if his/her life is sustained "artificially". And since it is based on individuals' happiness, the author stated, we must also consider whether or not the government has a say. It is a need for the person to decide to end their own life due to an unbearable and incurable physical pain. ...read more.


The other side of the debate sees that the medical team has been trained on saving lives therefore it would be a burden for them to take lives. Decaire compares the suffering of the medical team and the victim's and family's suffering and said it likely pales. He argues that for those who have personal relationship with the victim, it would be harder to recover, while the doctors and nurses not always, but most of the times have some detachment toward their patients which lets them more likely recover. Another point to look at is euthanasia is being practiced often in different forms such as omission of treatments and since it is illegal, the medical staffs who are enduring psychological suffering after their acts are not getting the helps that they need such as counseling. The author added that a psychiatric evaluations are needed for those individuals who are about to make euthanasia decision to ensure that they are in their right mental state. ...read more.


I was able to see how euthanasia was looked at during the ancient time and how the point of view change little by little throughout time. The article was different to show the history of euthanasia but not just the debates over it. "Euthanasia and Religion" Courtney S. Campbell Most major religion rejected vitalism. They believe that biological life is to be preserved at all cost with all available technologies. While the Jewish and Christian are more flexible in this matter. They think that preserving life is not an absolute good in and of itself. A doctor can be allowed to let a patient die if the continuation of life assaults the dignity for the person. Those who oppose euthanasia see that suicide constitutes a wrong against one's nature and violates God. Therefore when a doctor is helping a patient die, he is committing an evil act. I've learned different perspectives of different religion through the article. All the religions have the same point of view; they all worship God and value life. It's their ways of interpreting it that make them different. ...read more.

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