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One of the most important public policy debates today surrounds the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. There are actually two types of Euthanasia, one being “voluntary", where the person dying has made a request for it. 2nd kind of euthanasia is “non-voluntary", where a person, who has not made her wishes on this matter be known, is put to death; such as people in a coma. The main question in voluntary Euthanasia is should a person wanting to kill themselves be allowed to get assistance from a doctor. In my mind I don’t see anything wrong with a doctor helping a person that wants to kill themselves. It’s the persons right to live and if they want off our earth because of a disease or aging so be it. In the Non-voluntary case if a doctor sees the only way a person breathes is by medicine and machines and has no chance to regain normalcy in there life its probably be better off killing them. Even though killing a loved one will be hard but who wants to see that person suffer. I agree with Hemlocks approach on this issue. Hemlock is an organization which you join that promotes your end of your life choice.
Hemlock believes in the some of the following
• that every hopelessly ill, mentally competent American should have access to the full range of end-of-life choices, including the option of hastening one's death to end unbearable suffering.
• that people should not have to suffer needlessly when they die.
• that all religious faiths should be respected, but that no one should be allowed to impose their beliefs about end-of-life choice on others.
• that the hopelessly ill have the right to choose quick, gentle, certain death in the presence of their loves ones.
• That physicians should be allowed to help a hopelessly ill patient achieve a peaceful, dignified death if that's what their patient wants.
• that the law should always be followed, but that where the law doesn't permit physician aid in dying, it should be changed.
• that maintaining control over how we die is just as important as maintaining control over how we live.
• that no government has the right to tell us how we die.
• that depriving someone of choice and dignity in the final chapters of life is morally and ethically wrong
4. Should people be forced to stay alive?
No. A lot of people think that euthanasia or assisted suicide is needed so patients won’t be forced to remain alive by being "hooked up" to machines.
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