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Some may agree with the act of Euthanasia, and know it as mercy killing, and the relief of pain by mortal numbness, while some may disagree.

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´╗┐Imagine a family member who is suffering from a terminal illness and is on heavy medical treatment which causes him to be unconscious most of the time. In order to sustain his mortality, he has to undergo countless surgical treatments. His condition is incurable, and the procedures are extremely costly. He may be oblivious to his surroundings and the affection exhibited by his loved ones during his suffering. The torment he is going through is hard to watch, but is essential for him to prolong survival. Do you end his suffering painlessly and quickly, or sustain his existence for the sake of the mutual sentimental bond? Some may agree with the act of Euthanasia, and know it as ?mercy killing?, and the relief of pain by mortal numbness, while some may disagree. ...read more.

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It may provide them with a sense of empowerment in the face of being powerless against the progression of a chronic, perhaps fatal, disease. It can also relieve some of the guilt and shame they may be feeling as they require increasing amounts of time and resources from relatives, especially if estranged over years. To put it simply, it is the painless termination of physical and emotional suffering. However, this controversial act may involve the "slippery slope" many ethicists feel may occur, thinking that voluntary euthanasia can devalue human life. Quality of life is not as significant a theme as is maintenance of a life. Many religious groups feel this may eventually lead to such a widespread value system in society that elderly individuals may be pressured against their will to utilize this option by those with a vested interest, like beneficiaries of life insurance policies. ...read more.

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Providing therapy aimed at alleviation rather than cure while a disease runs its inevitable course is not the same as wilfully ending a life. The intention of such palliative care is not to bring about the death of the patient. Consequently, to call such treatment ?passive euthanasia? is to brandish an oxymoron of the most unhelpful kind. The topic at hand remains at the centre of controversy, the debate whether the right of a person to choose where the road of his mortality ends, and the right of another individual to carry out the act of ending an individual?s mortality is moral and humane, or is a forbidden act of man to play the role of God, as stated by most religious groups and humane organisations. ...read more.

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