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Euthanasia should be legalised

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Euthanasia Should Be Legalised Euthanasia is essentially mercy killing. The word 'euthanasia' stems from the Greek phrase 'euthanatos', meaning 'good death'. Euthanasia has the potential to end the intense suffering of a terminally ill patient; to allow them to pass away with dignity before their life becomes intolerable and illness reduces their ability to make decisions. Legalising of euthanasia in Australia would benefit terminally ill patients in allowing them to end their lives when they have welcomed their passing. A common case against legalising euthanasia in Australia is the possible consequence of a repeat of the atrocities that were performed in Nazi Germany. ...read more.

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Humans have a very strong will to live and will tolerate an exceedingly meagre quality of life before giving up. When a terminally ill patient has decided they are ready to pass away, we should respect this decision and assist them. To quote Phillip Nitschke, an advocate for voluntary euthanasia, 'I don't want people telling me when my quality of life is so poor - or so good whatever - I don't want anyone telling me that I have to keep on going. I will make that decision, thanks very much. I believe it's an absolutely vital and important decision that an individual has.' It is imperative that euthanasia be legalised in order to keep an eye on doctors who already practise it. ...read more.

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An American woman, Terri Schiavo, was allowed to die in late 2005 after suffering a persistent vegetative state for over 15 years. Her death allowed her husband to move on in his life, remarrying 10 months later. The legalisation of euthanasia can benefit patients with various different illnesses that are beyond cure. It can also give families the closure they need to carry on with their life. It is morally wrong to let someone suffer a prolonged, painful death rather than allowing them to choose the time to die with their dignity intact. The one way for us to move forward is to emulate South Australia and legalise the right for the competent to refuse medical treatment. This would be the beginnings of the legalisation for euthanasia. ...read more.

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