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We All Should Have the Right to Die - Thomas Jefferson quoted, “ The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” This quote emphasizes the points about how a person’s happiness from the decisions that they make themselves create a stronger government and that “the care of human life and happiness” is the only accepted object of good government. Physician assisted suicide should be a right that is given to a terminally ill patient because a person should have the freedom to end their life if they are mentally capable, it would relieve the pain and anguish of family and friends as well as the patient, and medical funds will be available to help oth...   [tags: euthanasia, physician assisted suicide]
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PAS: The Right of Each Patient - As a congressman from the state of Oregon that currently has a regulated physician assisted suicide program for the terminally ill, I am writing to you today, Mr. Blumenauer, to possibly convince you to draft a national law to legalize PAS for the United States specifically for the terminally ill. As you may know, the talk within this issue has been going around quite some time. Many americans fear that by legalizing PAS that it might create problematic issues that could lead to abuse as well as lack of advancement for medicine....   [tags: physician assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia is NOT Ethical or Moral - According to the Oxford Dictionary, euthanasia is a medically assisted death; painlessly killing a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease. Euthanasia usually allows the medical doctor to be in charge of giving the option of death to the patient or asking the patient’s relatives to euthanize the patient. Many victims of euthanasia involve the elderly or newborn infants. Euthanasia is unethical, impacting negatively the lives of many people. Euthanasia is still performed, even if the patient has chance to live....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Euthanasia, an Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma - Voluntary euthanasia is defined as the act of killing someone painlessly, especially to relieve suffering from an incurable illness, with their consent (Collins English Dictionary, 2013). The morality and legal aspect of voluntary euthanasia has been a debate for many years. Voluntary euthanasia is a significant ethical dilemma that impacts nursing practice and other professionals in the healthcare field. With the utilization of ethical principles and theories, voluntary euthanasia can be deemed appropriate in some situations, but still can be a moral dilemma to those involved....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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The Rights to Die a Painfree Death - Majority of US states have capital punishments (Proquest n.pag.). The 36 states that allow death penalties all offer lethal injection as a method of execution for those convicted of heinous crimes (Snell 3). Specifically, “Of the 43 executions carried out in 2012, all were by lethal injection” (Snell 3). Ending the life of a criminal is entirely legal, however, ending the life of an anguished patient is only legal in several foreign countries and “3 US states, as of March 2013” (Ho n.pag.). Criminals of crimes such as aggravated murder, killing a police office, and kidnapping all get to die painlessly and peacefully (Snell 5); yet those who have lived an innocent life who now undergo severe...   [tags: assisted suicide, independent, terminal] 1061 words
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Taking a Look at Legalizing Euthanasia - “Legalizing Euthanasia” It might be weird when you hear the phrase “assisted suicide” but you might be more familiarized with the word euthanasia. Euthanasia is the process by which you end the life of a person; it can either be by suspension of medical treatment or by lethal injection. There are two types of euthanasia: a voluntary and an involuntary. The first one applies when the person with the terminal illness makes the decision or a prior request to allow this process to be taken place, rather than doing it without the consent of the other person....   [tags: assisted suicide, the right to die] 1019 words
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Euthanasia Allows Death with Dignity - Every single day, people all over the United States are diagnosed with terminal illnesses. They are forced to wait until they die naturally; all the while their bodies are deteriorated by the illness that will eventually take their lives. Sometimes this means living with insufferable pain and nothing they can legally do about it. People are able to put their pets to sleep when they are suffering; it is even considered the humane thing to do. Why must we live with life ending illnesses and insufferable pain....   [tags: Physician-assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia and the Right to Die - The Oxford English Dictionary defines euthanasia as “the action of inducing a gentle and easy death” (Oxford English Dictionary). Many people around the world would like nothing more than to end their lives because they are suffering from painful and lethal diseases; suffering people desperately seek doctors to help them end their lives. Many people see euthanasia as murder, so euthanasia is illegal in many countries. Euthanasia is an extremely controversial issue that has many complex factors behind it including medical costs, murder and liberty rights....   [tags: Doctor Assisted Suicide]
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Exploring the 'Right to Die' Law - The “Right to Die” law is not as complicated as people try to make it. For those who are terminally ill, elderly with Alzheimers, or being kept alive, it can be a very important and useful law for them to have access to. This law is only legal in 3 states, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. It is a law that has been etablished and made available to those who do not wish to live in a vegetative state, die in severe pain, or not knowing those around them. The law says that the person has the right to end their lives when there are circumstances that will affect them having a meaningful and productive life....   [tags: physician assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are Morally Correct - Euthanasia is Morally Correct "The third night that I roomed with Jack in our tiny double room, in the solid-tumor ward of the cancer clinic of the National Institute of Health in Maryland, a terrible thought occurred to me. Jack had a melanoma in his belly, a malignant solid tumor that the doctors guessed was the size of a softball. The doctors planned to remove the tumor, but they knew Jack would soon die. The cancer had now spread out of control. Jack, about 28, was in constant pain, and his doctor had prescribed an intravenous shot, a pain killer, and this would control the pain for perhaps two hours or a bit more....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1567 words
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Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalized - Life branches into many subjects that can be discussed and criticized thoroughly. One of the most complicated and broad branches is ethics and human rights. As life proceeds, people are getting more aware of their rights and whether they are practicing them in an ethical way or not. We might think that it’s our right to live and end our life any time we want. But is it ethical to do so. Here comes the idea of euthanasia – mercy killing- that permits the ending of a person’s life that is suffering to death....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Medicine Ethics]
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Euthanasia and Terminally Ill Patients - I am writing my paper to a group of middle class college students. Majority of who are African American, and a teacher of Asian descent. My class is made up of about twenty student’s ages ranging from 18-33. The majority are females, and only 4 males. Most of the students in my class are from inner city Baltimore, and a couple are out of state. Also, majority of my class are working-class, not many are just students. In addition, we also have students that are also parents. Euthanasia Everyone should have a choice as to how and when they would like to end their lives....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Terminal Illnesses]
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Euthanasia: Murder or a Blessing? - Imagine yourself or a loved one in a vegetable state, lying in a hospital bed. Suffering endlessly, knowing they would hate going on like that. If the option to end the pain and agony was available, knowing they would take it, why not let them. Euthanasia is the answer to relieving these patients of their endless troubles. Giving them the option to end their lives instead of suffering daily does not take away from the sanctity of life. It is a person’s right to choose his or her fate, especially when they are making such a delicate choice....   [tags: assisted-suicide, legalization]
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Pros and Cons of Euthinasia - Euthanasia: Pros and Cons Euthanasia or should I say physician-assisted suicide, which basically means to end a persons life to relieve them from pain and or suffering. There are two main categories of euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia, which is conducted with consent making it legal in the United States and some other countries, and involuntary euthanasia, which is conducted without consent because the patient is incapable of doing it themselves making it illegal in all countries. The two procedural categories to perform euthanasia are known as passive euthanasia and active euthanasia; there are several pros and cons to these procedures....   [tags: psysicial assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia: An Ethical Dilemma - The ethical debate regarding euthanasia dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. It was the Hippocratic School (c. 400B.C.) that eliminated the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide from medical practice. Euthanasia in itself raises many ethical dilemmas – such as, is it ethical for a doctor to assist a terminally ill patient in ending his life. Under what circumstances, if any, is euthanasia considered ethically appropriate for a doctor. More so, euthanasia raises the argument of the different ideas that people have about the value of the human experience....   [tags: doctor assisted suicide]
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The History of Euthanasia - Euthanasia has been a part of societies since 5th Century B.C. in ancient Rome and Greece. The concept of euthanasia was considered to be tolerant before the creation of Christianity. Pagan physicians would do both voluntary and involuntary mercy killings. Although the Hippocratic Oath prohibited doctors from giving drugs to kill anybody, not even if asked for, or from suggesting such an action, few ancient Greek or Roman physicians followed the oath. Though there was a wide spread support of voluntary death throughout the Rome and Greek territories....   [tags: The History of Assisted Suicide]
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The Ethics of Euthanasia - In 2007, Jack Kevorkian, who is also known as “Dr. Death”, gave a televised interview regarding his views on physician assisted suicide (Neal). He has been released from prison only several months prior to the interview: Kevorkian was ordered to serve a 10 to 25 year long prison sentence for euthanizing over 100 patients between the years of 1990 and 1992 (Neal). By his own admission, Kevorkian administered euthanasia to multiple patients and did so without pangs of conscience. In the highly publicized interview of 2007, Dr....   [tags: Physician assisted suicide]
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The Case Against Euthanasia - A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association discovered that “ . . . 44 per cent of doctors would refuse a request for physician-assisted dying . . . ” (Kirkey 2). Euthanasia is defined as assisting a terminally ill patient with dying early. In many countries the legalization of this practice is being debated in many countries. All doctors against assisted suicide, including the 44 percent in Canada, are on the right side of the argument. Euthanasia should not be legalized because it is unnatural, it violates the Hippocratic Oath, and laws are to extensive....   [tags: doctor assisted suicide, ethics]
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Euthanasia Should Be Legal - Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient who is suffering from a painful and incurable disease. There are several types of euthanasia that a patient can go through. The first type is known as voluntary euthanasia. This is when the patient has fully agreed to giving up their life and is usually suffering from a disease that is inflicting unbearable pain upon them. The patient refuses to take their medication, they will not eat, or they request that their life support machines be shut down....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Euthanasia: Humans Playing God - Euthanasia refers to the exercise of deliberately ending the life of a patient suffering from a chronic and excruciating disease or in an unalterable coma. Euthanasia, infanticide and suicide were practiced in the 5th century up to the 1st century before Christ. Euthanasia comes from the Greek words, “Eu” as in good and “Thanatosis” as in death. Euthanasia is sometimes addressed as “assisted suicide”. Some countries have adapted euthanasia as a legal death sentence to one’s self such as Belgium, and Luxembour; whereas in other countries it is strictly forbidden....   [tags: Argument Against Assisted Suicide]
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Oregon's Death With Dignity Act - America is a champion of the freedom of choice. Citizens have the right to choose their religion, their political affiliation, and make personal decisions about nearly every facet of their daily lives. Despite all of these opportunities, one choice society commonly ignores is that of deciding how one’s life will end. Death seems like a highly unpredictable, uncontrollable occurrence, but for the past 17 years, citizens of Oregon have had one additional option not offered to most Americans in the deciding of their end-of-life treatment....   [tags: Assisted Suicide]
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Free Euthanasia Essays: Oregon, Assisted Suicide and Right to Life - Oregon, Assisted Suicide and Right to Life The reader of this paper will learn how the Right to Life movement is getting involved in a dramatic way in the assisted suicide battle in the state of Oregon. The NRLC(National Right to Life Committee), as well as the state RTL group, is participating in the court battle resulting from Oregon's November, 2001 judicial challenge to Ashcroft's decision -- initiated to keep assisted suicide practices functioning smoothly in Oregon. The National Right to Life Committee and Oregon Right to Life filed a friend of the court brief in the case challenging the recent decision of U.S....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 549 words
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Free Essays on Euthanasia: Assisted Suicide Violates the Physicians' Oath - Assisted Suicide Violates the Physicians' Oath A patient falls ill in one of Voltaire's philosophical tales and the author observes: "Despite the attention and ministrations of the leading medical doctors of Europe, he survived." This is the sardonic wit we should apply to a debate today: Should a physician who has sworn to do no harm be allowed, legally, to help a patient kill himself with prescribed lethal doses of barbiturates. This is not about Dr. Kevorkian, the infamous Dr....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 782 words
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Euthanasia: We Have the Right to Die - “A person has the constitutional right to request the withdrawal or withholding of a medical treatment, even if doing so will result in the person’s death” (Assisted Suicide). So why is there not, and should there not be a right in some states and countries for those who are near death and know they will die to want to end their life. Even during the Ancient Roman times, the idea of Assisted Suicide was accepted “If caused from pain or sickness, or by weariness of life” (Assisted Suicide). With today’s technology, it has become easier to keep a person who is terminally ill or in a “vegetative state” alive longer....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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The Euthanasia Debate - Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a terminally ill patient by means of lethal injection by a doctor in a controlled medical environment. Similarly, physician assisted suicide (PAS) is when a patient requests a lethal prescription from a doctor or pharmacist to end their life before a fatal disease does. The two are akin to each other and are almost interchangeable in definitions. Being a highly controversial topic, there is a plethora of arguments surrounding PAS, all very emotionally driven and opinionated....   [tags: Pros and Cons of Assisted Suicide]
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The Fallacies of O'Shea's Argument against Euthanasia - Assisted Suicide The concept of assisted suicide for the terminally ill, as it is now, is subjected to tremendous controversy. Many people believe that it is morally wrong to commit suicide. As such, in a response to an article in The Seattle Times on euthanasia, Reverend Susan J. O’Shea argues that we should not have euthanasia because it is murder. Reverend O’Shea’s argument starts off with her own personal reasons on why she does not support euthanasia. Then, she focuses on the idea that many of the reasons why people would want to commit assisted suicide are solely cultural, not medical....   [tags: assisted suicide, solely cultural not medical]
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The Euthanasia Debate - Although there are different forms, the practice of euthanasia is the process of ending an individual’s life. The different forms of euthanasia are Active and Passive euthanasia. There are also different ways that a physician may perform this type of procedure. This course of action may be taken in situations for speeding up the death, typically for medical patients who are severely ill. Some people, depending on their personal views may define it as putting someone out of their misery, where others would refer to euthanasia as being an assisted suicide....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Dying with Dignity - To live or not to live. This has been the question for many people who have a terminal illness. Many people suffer everyday with terminal illness, and they cannot do anything to improve their conditions. According to the article “Identifying Terminal Illness (TERI) Cases,” a terminal illness is when someone cannot go back to being a healthy person. The patient expects death, and any treatment is not going to do any good to the person. People who have this illness resort to an alternative called euthanasia....   [tags: Terminal Illnesses, Assisted Suicide]
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The Euthanasia Debate - Humans, like all animals, attempt to evade death. Though death is usually seen as an unwanted end, some see it as an alternative to suffering. Most people cringe at the thought of suicide, but is euthanasia the same thing. Do human beings have the right to choose death? “Americans have developed a paradoxical relationship with death-we know more about the causes and conditions surrounding death, but we have not equipped ourselves emotionally to cope with dying and death (Bender and B. Leone).” Death is a scary subject for all humans....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Right to Die - “If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality” (Socrates ). Death. The means to an end. Game over. Do we as humans have a choice in the matter of choosing life or death, or is that all left up to a higher power....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Religion, God]
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Euthanasia is Both Ethical and Moral - Euthanasia is the act of mercifully putting one out of their misery. It sounds like something that would be widely accepted in many cases. The problem with this is that it poses as a morality issue for people. This is why legalizing it everywhere is a problem. However one’s view may be on the subject, I for one completely support the practice of assisted suicide. I see nothing wrong with having an option of putting someone out of their misery when they are in so much pain. Regardless, this is such a controversial topic people can’t seem to agree on....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Argument Against Euthanasia - Euthanasia is the Greek word for “good death.” It is also known as mercy killing. It is the action of ending a life that suffers from a terminal illness or an incurable disease, usually by a lethal injection. Except for in the Netherlands and Belgium, euthanasia is illegal. Euthanasia has now been legalized in Oregon. Washington and Montana has only legalized assisted suicide, which is different from euthanasia. Advocates of euthanasia claim that ending the pain and suffering of the terminally-ill patients by euthanasia is a humane process....   [tags: Anti Assisted Suicide]
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Death with Dignity - Jane Doe is an older woman who suffers from metastasis of a cancer that has invaded her entire skeletal structure. Her anti-cancer medication has failed and radiation therapy no longer offers hope. Jane is wracked by pain and unable to leave her bed, she struggles to cope in a body that no longer responds to the narcotics (Williams, 1997). Jane is terminally ill. John Doe is an older man with emphysema. He is unable to fully breath. His emphysema often brings him to the point of suffocation (Williams, 1997)....   [tags: euthanasia, assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia is Both Ethical and Moral - Imagine your whole body paralyzed, frozen in time forever. Imagine your breath, artificially created by ventilators. Imagine being told that in ten days, your heart will be beating through a machine. Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) is a medical practice that can relieve an individual of their unwanted suffering and pain through either patient or physician induced suicide. The article, “Euthanasia: the perceptions of nurses in India” states that one of the main reasons that euthanasia is such a controversial topic is because it contests people’s value systems (Poreddi et al)....   [tags: Pro Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)]
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Euthanasia is Both Ethical and Moral - Euthanasia is commonly defined as the act of putting someone to death, or allowing them to die in the case of extreme pain, injury, or terminal illness. Different from assisted suicide in that it is actually administered to the patient by a doctor, euthanasia is a highly controversial method in the medical world today. Euthanasia can be broken down into two categories, voluntary and involuntary. When patients make the conscious decision to request euthanasia for themselves, it is referred to as voluntary euthanasia; when the decision is made for them by a third party without informed consent, it is involuntary....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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The Right to Die: Euthanasia - ... If patients decide to live for as long as possible, then there could be much organ atrophy. In this instance, the organs may be unusable and will have therefore gone to waste. Whereas if the patient chooses physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, the organs could potentially save many lives. In short, a terminal patient could spend their last months dying slowly, or choose to end their life prematurely to give other people a second chance. Another advantage to these methods is that it can decrease the cost of medical bills, which can be extremely expensive....   [tags: assisted suicide, departing with dignity & peace] 1028 words
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Why Euthanasia is not the Solution - “Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit” (“What is Euthanasia” 2). It is accompanied with cases where patients suffering from intractable medical conditions and waiting the death to get rid of their torment and sorrows ask their doctor to put an end to their lives. Also where relatives ask the doctor to accomplish this mission in order to relieve the pain of their patient especially in the case of lastin¬g coma and terminal illness: these cases raised the issue of euthanasia, which has become one of the contentious issues in the world....   [tags: doctor assisted suicide, the right to die]
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The Killer of Hope: Euthanasia - When asked, “Why it is important to accept Euthanasia?” the answer is always about releasing patient from pain, but why take a naïve solution when there is hope. Take a second and think about how will a one say goodbye to the ones he love. The answer is obvious, it is impossible to let go of those we love. Hence, one should keep an open mind to the following lines whether you are against or for Euthanasia. Euthanasia or so called physician assisted death stand for intended cessation of person’s life at situation of terminal illness....   [tags: doctor assisted suicide, the right to die]
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The Ethics of Euthanasia - A teacher I once had in high school would often talk about her father who lived in hospice care. Her father suffered from dementia and had been for years. She would often talk about how on his “good” days he would plead her husband to put a pillow on his head and suffocate him, to take him out of his misery. If it was legal, her husband would have willingly helped her father and put him out of his misery, however in the state of North Carolina, physician-assisted suicide is illegal. Luckily, her father passed away this year and is finally free of pain and suffering....   [tags: lethal drugs, physician-assisted suicide]
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Religious Leaders Should Support Euthanasia - Euthanasia has been a medical ethic issue for many years, and many factors make up the cause of this issue, including religion. Euthanasia is the painless way of ending one’s life, also known as “mercy-killing”, or “good death” when translated from the Greek language. There are many types of euthanasias: passive, active, voluntary, and involuntary euthanasia. There can be many different points of views on each different type of euthanasia, or there can be just one opinion on the whole subject; and a major opinion that can affect an individual’s decision is their religion’s beliefs....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Circumstances that Justify the Use of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Circumstances that Justify the Use of Euthanasia "...the elderly patients...are comatose. They weigh practically nothing. Their skin hangs in heavy folds on their skeletons. 'These patients must be fed through gastric tubes pushed down their throats,' Dr. Peter Haemmerli explains, and that can make even comatose patients retch and vomit." (Culliton 1273). Thus, according to Barbara J. Culliton, many severely ill patients must endure much pain. Not a very pretty scene, is it. Is it right to keep them living in this pain....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 517 words
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Should Euthanasia be Allowed? - Every day, numerous people around the world acquire diseases that have no cure. Whether a person attempts vigorously to rid the disease or does nothing at all, some diseases contracted will never disappear. In fact, some diseases will cause much pain and struggle throughout one's fight for life, but in the end, these incurable diseases may kill that person leaving him/her fighting for nothing but death. If an individual will endure months of suffering and will most likely die, would it stand acceptable to allow that person a peaceful death....   [tags: euthanasia, assisted suicide, peaceful death] 1672 words
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Argument For Limited Euthanasia - Euthanasia should only be used when it benefits the one who dies. It is a widely held belief that an act of euthanasia aims at benefiting the one who dies. It is morally wrong to engage in voluntary acts of euthanasia; it is morally wrong to engage in acts of non-voluntary euthanasia, and; it is never morally right to engage in acts of involuntary euthanasia. In situations where the patient is suffering when do you put the morally wrongs aside and help or get help in freeing yourself or a loved one from pain....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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The Legalization of Euthanasia - Euthanasia legalization has been a controversial topic for years; studies have shown that arguments regarding the euthanasia debate are often depending on the process used to take the life of the patient. There are a lot of thoughts surrounding the issue of euthanasia and whether or not it should be legal. According to the Encyclopedia of American Law, euthanasia is categorized as a class of criminal homicide (Debate.org, par. 3). However, not all homicides are considered illegal. In today’s society, killing is seen as excusable when used as a criminal penalty, but inexcusable when carried out for any other reason....   [tags: criminal homicide, suffering, assisted suicide]
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Euthanasia: An Ethical Dilema - Introduction: Medical advances over the past hundred years have extend the life expectancy astronomically. Medicine provides hope that in the event of an “accident” we can be sure everything will be done to preserve our life, and that the healthcare community will exhaust all possibilities and resources in trying to accomplish this goal. Healthcare also give the reassurance of palliative care to ensure the remaining time on Earth is a painless as possible. However, there are those moments when medicine cannot achieve the goals it sets out to....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die, ethics]
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The Case for Mercy-Killing - Two patients share a hospital room. By miraculous circumstance, they are both suffering identical cases of late stage terminal cancer, and both have expressed firmly that they don’t want their lives to be artificially extended. Patient A has contracted a hospital-borne infection, and will die quickly if this infection is not treated. This being the case, the doctors decide to take no action, allowing Patient A to die from the infection. This raises the question: what does this choice imply for Patient B....   [tags: Euthanasia, Mercy-killing, Assisted Suicide] 1499 words
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Legalizing Doctor-Assisted Suicides has Increased the Suicide Rate - The suicide rate has rapidly increased in the past years. In 2007, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 34,598 deaths. This would mean 11.3 people commit suicide per 100,000 people. There has been recent talk of legalizing doctor-assisted suicides. Legalizing doctor-assisted suicide would be a terrible idea. One of the reasons I say this is that they could just be over reacting in that moment, but do not really believe that that is the answer....   [tags: influence, patient, emtions] 580 words
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Analysing the Morality of Voluntary Active Euthanasia - In this essay I will be analysing the morality of voluntary active euthanasia (VAE). I will focus on the argument that if such an act is considered morally acceptable, it can only lead down a slippery slope in which society becomes grossly unrecognizable in terms of the value of life. This essay will examine the strengths and weaknesses of this argument and the moral principles which underpin it to determine whether or not it remains a convincing argument to VAE. Firstly, I must ascertain what segregates VAE from other forms of euthanasia and introduce the argument to it....   [tags: assisted suicide of the terminally ill]
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We Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia - We Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia Euthanasia is the term for opting to die under circumstances, which lead to it being a gentle and easy death. Euthanasia should be an option for the suffering patient, although certain conditions and laws should be implemented on this issue so that both for and against arguments are considered. My opinion leans toward euthanasia being legal although I can understand the critical issues in relation to this practice that cause conflict within the community. The decision for life is entirely up to the suffering individual....   [tags: Assisted Suicide] 589 words
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Euthanasia – Not Only at Patient's Request - Euthanasia – Not Only at Patient's Request      No indeed, euthanasia and assisted suicide would not only be at a patient's request. This false presumption has been disproven time and again by the practical working-out of euthanasia and assisted suicide in locales where it has been legalized. And yes, there are complications, which are not given great media exposure, but which appear in journals devoted to this debate. It is the intention of this essay to correct these false notions - with copious professional documentation....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Right to Die - The word “Euthanasia” originates from the Greek language and translated it means good “death”. Today, it is the act of ending another person’s life at their request, to minimize their suffering. There is much debate on whether this practice should be legal and the moral implications behind this choice. If you have the right to live, should you also have the right to choose how you die. Support for euthanasia has been dated back to the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in 16th century. Today, only 42 percent of Americans support euthanasia and 22 percent are unsure (Ertelt, 2010)....   [tags: Euthanasia, Good Death, Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia: Not Just for the Terminally Ill - Euthanasia: Not Just for the Terminally Ill      Euthanasia or assisted suicide would not only be available to people who are terminally ill. This popular misconception is what this essay seeks to correct. There is considerable confusion on this point, perhaps further complicated by statements in the media.   There are two problems here - the definition of "terminal" and the changes that have already taken place to extend euthanasia or assisted suicide to those who aren't "terminally ill.   There are many definitions for the word "terminal." For example, Jack Kevorkian who participated in the deaths of more than 130 people before he was convicted of murder said that a terminal illness...   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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A Defense of Euthanasia - More than likely, a good majority of people have heard about euthanasia at least once in their existence. For those out there who have been living under a rock their entire lives, euthanasia “is generally understood to mean the bringing about of a good death – ‘mercy killing’, where one person, ‘A’, ends the life of another person, ‘B’, for the sake of ‘B’.” (Kuhse 294). There are people who believe this is a completely logical scenario that should be allowed, and there are others that oppose this view....   [tags: assisted suicide, the right to die]
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Murder of Relief - For some assisted suicide would be defiant against the sanctity of life, others would argue that is a selfless act to aide someone who is suffering from a terminal illness or an immense amount of pain. “Assisted suicide allows a physician to end the life of a terminally ill patient upon the request of the patient, pursuant to properly executed legal documents” (Velasquez, Andre par 2) Assisted suicide when performed by a medical doctor with legal documents and witnesses should be legal. The issue of whether or not it is morally correct to aide someone in dying has been an issue since before the birth of Christ....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Sanctity, Terminal Illness]
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Dr. Kevorkian, Mudering in the Name of Mercy -    Imagine that you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer and given six months to live. The remainder of your life will be spent in a hospital undergoing treatment and suffering from unbearable pain. Do you want to die or do you want to live the rest of your life in agony. The controversial issue of doctor assisted suicide is followed by a big question. Should states legalize doctor assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide gives the right for physicians to administer to certain patients lethal doses of drugs with the intention of ending a patients life (Coburn 266)....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia Essay - Concerns About Euthanasia -    A medical examiner from Oakland County, Michigan and three researchers from the University of South Florida have studied key characteristics of 69 patients whose suicides were assisted by Jack Kevorkian between 1990 and 1998. Their findings are published in the December 7 New England Journal of Medicine. Autopsies show that only 25 percent of Kevorkian's clients were terminally ill when he helped them kill themselves. "Seventy-two percent of the patients had had a recent decline in health status that may have precipitated the desire to die." However, "no anatomical disease was confirmed at autopsy" in 5 of the 69 people....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia: We All Have the Right to Die - Physician-Assisted Suicide, or Euthanasia, is a serious issue, and it affects people throughout all walks of life. From teenagers with angst, to older adults feeling hopeless in their life, to the elderly suffering from terminal illnesses, suicide pervades throughout their thought processes as an alternative to their emotionally and physically pervasive situations. Euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, has a history dating back to the seventeenth century. Only recently has it become as controversial an issue as it has....   [tags: Physician Assisted Suicide 2014]
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Dr. Kevorkian and the Benefits of Euthanasia - Everybody at one time or another will inevitably have death knocking at the door. And no it will not be Brad Pitt. Coping with death is a very difficult concept to deal with. Dying comes in one of three ways: homicide, suicide and natural causes. There is no debate with regards to homicide, a person takes the life of another person. Suicide is the taking of one's own life, similarly a paper cannot be written for or against it. Last but not least is death by natural causes. I would not want to write a paper on why a one hundred-fifty year old person passes away; could it have been that the person was really really old....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 1936 words
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Euthanasia for All - or None - The word 'dignity' is a staple of contemporary medical ethics, where it often follows the words 'death with'. People unfamiliar with this usage might expect it to reflect one's manner of dying, for example, a stately exit involving ceremonial farewells. Instead, conventional usage generally holds that "death with dignity" ends or prevents life without dignity, by which is meant life marked by illness and disability. Popular examples of dignity-depleters include dementia, incontinence, and being "dependent on machines"....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 1395 words
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Argument For Euthanasia - Euthanasia - the termination of a person's life with the aim of getting rid of his pain and suffering with an incurable disease (Euthanasia).Currently adult euthanasia legalized in different forms in countries such as Colombia and Japan, as well as the U.S. states of Oregon, Vermont and Washington, and in some European countries: namely, Netherland and Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland(Belgium has taken the unprecedented law on child euthanasia).At this time, the topic of euthanasia is very relevant, as pass many debates on this subject and its resolution....   [tags: Pro Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Free Argumentative Essays: Oregon's Euthanasia Program - Oregon's Euthanasia Program Since 1998, due to a legal opinion by U.S. attorney general Janet Reno, Oregon physicians have used their federal prescribing licenses from the Drug Enforcement Administration to order controlled substances - usually secobarbital - for use in terminally ill patients' suicides. However, new attorney general John Ashcroft was an outspoken critic of the Reno opinion when he served in the U.S. Senate. He authored a 1997 letter to Reno signed by seven other Senators urging a contrary opinion, and criticized her final ruling as "bending the law" to facilitate assisted suicide....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 566 words
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Euthanasia Essay - Dr. Quill and Dr. Kevorkian - There are many different methods of approaching patients facing the end of their lives. Since technology has increased the ability to sustain life longer, patient assisted suicide has become an increasingly more popular avenue for doctors to explore. This topic, since it deals with the power over life and death, touches on some of the deepest of human feelings. The argument over whose or which approach is most viable can become a heated one and could never be solved with one broad stroke since it deals with individuals on such an intimate level....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 1296 words
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Euthanasia Essay: The Correct Choice for Many - Euthanasia - The Correct Choice for Many   Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are words to live by despite any obstacles that any person might endure. A person should live in a constant understanding that life will always have struggles, but one should feel as though their life is worth living. A person has the right to believe that life should always be composed of the capability to be spiritual, physical, emotional, and to be a social being all at the same time, therefore the quality of life is far more valuable than the length of time under any circumstances....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia Answers the Prayers of the Dying - Euthanasia Answers the Prayers of the Dying    "The good death." "Dying with dignity." "Assisted-suicide." Those are all terms for what doctors call euthanasia. Euthanasia is physician-assisted suicide, carried out by lethal injection or excessive barbiturates. In 1991 Jack Kevorkian assisted two women who were chronically ill to die. This was the first publicized case of euthanasia. Since then lawmakers have wondered if euthanasia should be legal in every state. Since Americans have control over every aspect of their lives, they should have control over if and when they die....   [tags: Assisted Suicide Essay] 1161 words
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Euthanasia is the Right to Live or Die - Euthanasia is the Right to Live or Die Euthanasia is unnatural and should be stopped immediately. The opposing side says that it is mercy killing, but it is still killing. There are three important points when discussing this issue: what is euthanasia, the decision, and the doctor who performs this awful task. Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act has opened the door to a private matter that had been handled privately between doctors and patients for years (Siegel). Euthanasia is withholding vital medicine or providing means for the patient to ease him or herself into death....   [tags: Physician Assisted Suicide] 509 words
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Groups Opposing Active Euthanasia For Robert Wendland - Groups Opposing Active Euthanasia For Robert Wendland On September 29, 1993, Robert Wendland, then age 42, was involved in a vehicle accident. He was in a coma for 16 months. In January 1995, Mr. Wendland came out of the coma, but he remains severely cognitively impaired. He is paralyzed on the right side. He communicates using a "Yes/No" communication board. He receives food and fluids through a feeding tube. During rehabilitation, he has been able to do such activities as grasp and release a ball, operate an electric wheelchair with a joystick, move himself in a manual wheelchair with his left hand or foot, balance himself momentarily in a "standing frame" while grabbing and pulli...   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 2395 words
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Do People Have the Right to Die? - Living life at age twenty-eight is an amazing adventure. People are at their prime – being active and living life to the fullest. However, for Nancy Cruzan, a terrible car accident took that all away. One night, driving on a quiet road in Missouri, Nancy’s car rolled off the road and into a ditch. For twenty minutes she lay there alone and lifeless. Then, a paramedic car drove by and saw the car in distress. They pulled Nancy out, and miraculously revived her back to life. However, she had damaged her cerebral cortex, the vital end of the brain that gives humans all motor functions, senses, and communication....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Doctors Who Practice Euthanasia Should be Executed - Doctors the Practice Euthanasia Should be Executed An eighty-seven year old grandmother on a respirator, a newborn child with AIDS, a teacher past her prime, and a father in a coma; all put to death by respectable doctors with the O.K. of their families. But is it really a ggod thing. Euthanasia, or doctor-assisted suicide, has become as common as jumping off of a fifteen story building or taking a gun to one1s own head. Certainly society frowns upon suicide, but yet putting an old lady or a man in a coma to death is being accepted every day....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 2109 words
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Causation and Moral Responsibility for Death - Causation and Moral Responsibility for Death ABSTRACT: The distinction between killing and letting die has been a controversial element in arguments about the morality of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The killing/letting die distinction is based on causation of death. However, a number of causal factors come into play in any death; it is impossible to state a complete cause of death. I argue that John Mackie’s analysis of causation in terms of ‘inus factors,’ insufficient but non-redundant parts of unnecessary but sufficient conditions, helps us to see that moral responsibility for death cannot rest on causation alone....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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An Argument for the Permissibility of Active Euthanasia - Recently I have gone through the very difficult struggle of seeing my father come face to face with death. He was in the hospital, in a comatose state for nearly eight days. During that time, because he left me as his medical proxy, I was the one that made the decision about what course of action was to be take. It is my aim in this paper to address the question of whether or not it is ever permissible to actively aid in the death of another person. I will attempt to argue that active euthanasia can at times not only be permissible, but the correct action to take....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Euthanasia Essay: Mercy Killing or Murder? - Euthanasia: Mercy Killing or Murder.      We, as humans, are mortal beings.  Our life span is finite.  Even though we are mortal, we try to hang onto our lives as long as we can; fear of death and wanting to live forever are, after all, part of human nature.  Sometimes, however, the field of medicine capitalizes on this aspect of humanity. While it is certainly true that one goal of medicine has always been to prolong life, another goal has been the alleviation of pain and suffering.  One point at which these two views collide is over the hotly debated issue of euthanasia....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Free Argumentative Essays: Euthanasia is Inhuman - Euthanasia is Inhuman A subject that has been disputed more ever since medical technology has dramatically improved is Euthanasia. Euthanasia is assisted suicide, or it could be ending a patience's suffering by letting him die. Medical technology is advancing so fast euthanasia is not needed to be a practice in today's society. Moreover, it is inhuman and against the law. Many people with incurable diseases have thought about euthanasia. Their families do not want them to go through the pain any longer....   [tags: Physician Assisted Suicide] 727 words
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Euthanasia: Each Case is Unique - Which is better - suffering, agonizing, and holding onto life for a short period of time or just being laid to rest in peace. Nine out of ten people would pick the latter if just asked that question without a scenario, but when given an example containing their family they might change their opinion. This is when the question of whether or not euthanasia should be an option comes into play. Euthanasia is a topic to which many people do not give a lot of thought. When reading about euthanasia and having to make the decision whether or not I support or oppose it, I came to the conclusion that I support euthanasia - but only in certain cases....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide]
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The Terri Schiavo Case and Euthanasia - The poem “To the Mercy Killers” by Dudley Randall refers to the ongoing debate of the right to live. “If ever mercy move you murder me, I pray you, kindly killers, let me live” (Randall 623). Here he is most likely referring to doctors as “kindly killers” who feel that letting him die would be a mercy to him. Randall clearly believes that life is a treasured gift, and should not be purposely extinguished for any reason. However, terminally ill patients should have the right to decide whether they want to die or not....   [tags: Medicine Assisted Suicide]
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Utilitarianism and the Case for Euthanasia - Unitarianism and the Case for Euthanasia One of greatest moral issues facing society today is that of freedom. Freedom is a principle that this country was founded on at the start of its inception. Freedom is still a cause that requires our attention. The great debate on simple liberties such as the right to decide what happens to one’s body is still an issue that society has failed to resolve. It is a moral quandary that will continue to be discussed and a deliberated on as long as humankind are free moral agents with personal moral preferences....   [tags: Argument For Assisted Suicide]
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Active Euthanasia, Free Will and Autonomy - Active Euthanasia, Free Will and Autonomy "Medicine in the hands of a fool has always been poison and death." -C. J. Jung Euthanasia, from the Greek, quite literally means "the good death." Advocates of euthanasia, offer it as a solution for the emotional, psychological and physiologic suffering of terminally ill patients. The type of euthanasia, which is presently under debate, is called "active euthanasia" and is defined as an act performed by an individual to bring about the death of another person....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia is an Individual Decision - Euthanasia is an Individual Decision According to the American Heritage Dictionary, euthanasia is defined as "the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment." Not everyone agrees with this definition. I have always believed that euthanasia was the human choice or nonchoice of ending another person's life because of the excruciating pain they are suffering due to an incurable disease....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1796 words
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Euthanasia: Whose Life Is It? - Euthanasia: Whose Life Is It. Imagine a body slowly and excruciatingly being broken down by an unseen and uncontrollable invader. Now imagine that there is a law preventing anyone from ending that suffering. Welcome to the argument over euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as "the act or practice of killing out of mercy." Euthanasia technically exists in four categories: active, passive, voluntary, and involuntary. Passive euthanasia is the act of removing all treatments and forms of life support intended to prolong life or cure illness, and allowing the patient to die of natural causes....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1096 words
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The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia - The debate on whether voluntary euthanasia should be legalized has been a controversial topic. Euthanasia is defined as ‘a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering’ [1]. Voluntary euthanasia refers to the patients who understand the terms in the consent and sign up under consciousness, while involuntary euthanasia is performed against patient's wishes and some people may regard it as a murder [1]. There are two methods of carrying out euthanasia, the first one is active and the second one is passive....   [tags: Assisted Suicide, Right to Die]
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Dutch vs. American Euthanasia - Dutch vs. American Euthanasia         The Dutch take their euthanasia seriously. The Dutch government has resubmitted its proposal for formally legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia, while modifying its controversial provision allowing euthanasia for children. When first proposed to Parliament over a year ago, the bill allowed for cases where children from 12 to 16 years old could request and receive euthanasia "against the wishes of their parents." The modified proposal still allows child euthanasia in this age group, but not over parents' objections [New York Times, 7/14/00]....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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