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Discursive Essay:Euthanasia

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Discursive Essay: Euthanasia The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is the one of the most public policy issues being debated about today. Formally called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing nature to take it's course. Basically euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion. Euthanasia, can be, 'passive' or 'active'. Positive involves taking deliberate action to cause a death. Active involves giving a lethal dose of toxicant to cause death. Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal throughout the world apart from in the State of Oregon in USA, where there is a law specifically allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the purpose of euthanasia. In the Netherlands it is practiced widely, although, in fact, it remains illegal. Many people would say a person would want to "die with dignity", but some people may spend the last moments of their life, in a way which to them, is undignified. ...read more.

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For this reason the 'living ill' has come into use in the USA as part of the right-to-die principle. Most states now legally allow the making of such wills that instruct, GPs etc., to suspend treatment or refuse life-support measures in hopeless cases. A pro-longed life can be intolerable for people with a condition which leaves the brain alert but eventually shuts down all bodily functions and skills of communicating. How can people be expected to live like this? For people like this and also people in PVS, (persistent vegetative state) Many people believe that their legal representatives or close family should have the choice and the trust to let them live a prolonged life or to end their life and let them die with dignity. If people could make the decision themselves then the option of euthanasia could be morally acceptable. On the other hand, people believe that no one has the right to play God. ...read more.

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People may agree or disagree, but who can really know what they feel about the issue, until they are actually in that situation? At the moment, I believe that if I was faced with the fact that a terminally ill relative who was in a great deal of pain wanted to die, I would go along with what they wanted. I would not want to see them suffer, but this is only what I think now. I have never been in such a situation, and hope I never will, but if I was maybe I would hold a different view. Although, if a dog or cat is suffering, the vet is called and the animal is put to sleep. The owner is upset over the loss but they feel that they have done the right thing, by putting the pet out it's misery. I do not think we can look at human life in the same way however, as humans are treated better than animals and have more respect. But what is better, letting someone suffer a prolonged and very painful life, or allowing them to die with dignity , in peace and without pain? ...read more.

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