Euthanasia: An Option for Good Death

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When debating who has the right to determine a person's death, it is always a controversial issue. Euthanasia is known as the practice of intentionally ending a life in hopes of freeing an individual from an incurable disease or unendurable suffering (Nordqvist). It can be done by either the request of a dying patient or by the consent of a person's legal guardian. Although our society influences the prolong treatment of medicine and care of all people, Euthanasia with special guidelines, should be added as an additional option because it allows dying patients to avoid a painful death, reduces financial burdens, and lessens family sufferance. Imagine seeing a loved one or a close friend suffer through a vicious illness both fatal and untreatable. Would it be morally acceptable to allow the person in pain to decide whether he or she wants to take away their own life? Sadly enough, in the United States, this choice does not exist, and if an act like this was performed by any doctor it would be considered a murder crime which could result in a prison sentence to up to 14 years or more (Nordqvist). Oregon and Washington D.C. are currently the only two states that allow assisted suicide, while euthanasia is illegal in every state ("Where it is legal in the U.S."). The difference between the two comes from the way they are both performed. When assisted suicide occurs the patient administers the recommended medication by the physician, however euthanasia occurs when the doctor himself directs the medication to the suffering patient, with the purpose of ending their life sooner (Diaconescu 474). In the supreme court case, People of the State of Michigan v. Jack Kevorkian, a patient named Thomas Youk was killed by his doctor throug... ... middle of paper ... ...ed in every state. Works Cited Diaconescu, Amelia Mihaela. "Euthanasia." Contemporary Readings In Law & Social Justice 4.2 (2012): 474-483. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. Humphry, Derek. "Euthanasia is Ethical" Euthanasia Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Carol Wekesser. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1995. Print. "Legal Precedents - Euthanasia - ProCon.org." ProConorg Headlines. ProCon, 13 Apr. 2009. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. Nordqvist, Christian. "What Is Euthanasia (assisted Suicide)? What Is The Definition Of Assisted Suicide Or Euthanasia?" Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 19 Mar. 2010. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. Tamkins, Theresa. "Medical Bills Prompt More than 60 Percent of U.S. Bankruptcies." CNN. Cable News Network, 5 June 2009. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. "Where It Is Legal in the U.S." Assisted Suicide. Wisconsin Right To Life, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.

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