Euthanasia: Biologically Dead or Technologically Alive

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Marc Weide’s mom decided she wanted to die and her death was scheduled in less than a week. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and after having several nights of unbearable suffering, decided she preferred to die sooner than later. Her decision was spontaneous, and the answer she received was sooner than expected. She had to plan her funeral, her goodbyes and her last days in less than a week. Her family knew they could not interfere, not with her decision, and certainly not with the end of her life. It was her call, or at least they thought so. It was her right whether to stop living or to deal with her excruciating suffering. No one could judge her because no one could really understand what she was going through. The pain for one is not the pain for all. Because of this, she said, “I, Mieneke Weide- Boelkes, am terminally ill. As soon as this medication loses its efficacy I request euthanasia.” Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing or physician-assisted suicide, according to the medical dictionary, means “to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent, unstoppable) suffering.” (Medilexicon). There are two types of euthanasia and two different methods to do it within those types. The first one is voluntary euthanasia, which is made under the patients consent and requires competence of it. The second one, is involuntary euthanasia which is made by a relative of the patient because the patient is incapable of doing it itself. Furthermore, there are two different methods of carrying out this ‘mercy killing’, an active and a passive approach. The active procedure is in which lethal substances or external forces are used, the passive technique, is when the patie... ... middle of paper ... ...d eventually lead to lamentable consequences in society. Works Cited • Aguirre, David. Personal Interview. 27 Nov.2013. • "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Arguments." Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. UK Gov, 01 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. • "I Believe Euthanasia Should Be Legal." N.p., 4 Aug. 2010. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. • Terry, Peter. "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Ethics and Politics." Academic One File. Apr. 1993. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. • Weide, Marc. "'I'm Going to Die on Monday at 6.15pm'" The Guardian. 23 Aug. 2003. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. • "What Is Euthanasia (assisted Suicide)? What Is The Definition Of Assisted Suicide Or Euthanasia?" Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 19 Mar. 2010. Web. 27 Nov. 2013. • "Report Of The Current State Of Euthanasia." Law Teacher. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2013.
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