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Is Euthanasia morally acceptable?
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Euthanasia over the years has been described as a "gentle way to ease the pain of a suffering individual" (Torr 12). There are many who justify this feat as a way to eliminate unnecessary terminal pain, and who value the quality of life, rather than the quantity of it. However, it is in particular that we focus on how religious groups see and view the act of euthanasia. Although religion has the ability to divide the world, the issue of euthanasia is one where world religions unite and refute to accept a suffering human being, having the ultimate choice in terminating their life.
The term "euthanasia" is derived from Ancient Greek and it means "good death" (Torr 12). "Euthanasia, and the public's awareness to this matter, can be traced back to a court case in 1975, when Karen Ann Quinlan consumed an immense amount of alcohol and tranquilizers at a party one night. This resulted in an irreversible coma that left her unable to breathe without a respirator or eat without a feeding tube. Her parents requested that she be removed from this situation, but the doctors objected to this idea. The court stepped in and allowed Quinlan's
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