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Euthanasia a Topic Surrounded by Controversies

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Euthanasia is a very controversial subject, due to the fact it’s a way of painless killing of a patient suffering from a debilitating disease that cannot be cured, or the patient is in a coma and has no way of coming out of it. In this case some societies consider it’s a good way of dying, as it is done to relieve pain and suffering. Some, especially most of religious individuals, consider this a form of a murder, which raises a question of morality. In this article, the author is discussing the questions of morality and views on this topic in different societies.

Keywords: Euthanasia, painless killing, societies, religions, morality

INTRODUCTION
Euthanasia also known as mercy killing, is a way of painlessly terminating one’s life with a motive of ending their suffering. It is also known as an assisted suicide. Different societies have different views on this, and this is why one needs to look at the arguments to understand the reasoning behind it from different perspectives.
One can say that there are three types of Euthanasia; voluntary, involuntary and non-voluntary. Voluntary Euthanasia is considered when practiced with the person’s expressed choice to die, while practiced against their desire is considered involuntary. Non-voluntary assisted suicide is practiced when the person being put to death is not capable of their thinking and making their choice due to the fact of being in coma or a severely ill infant. Each of these 3 types can be divided into 2 sub-types; active and passive. Active euthanasia is when the patient is killed, for instance by a lethal injection. Passive euthanasia is when the patient is allowed to die by disconnecting them from a medical life support to let their disease kill them.
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...he Episcopalian (Anglican) Unitarian, Methodist, Presbyterian and Quaker, which allow an individual to make a decision in case of active euthanasia. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/euthanasia/religion/religion.shtml)

CONCLUSION
Euthanasia is a controversial topic all over the world always evoking strong positive as well as negative opinions on whether it is moral or immoral helping terminate someone’s life either during their severe suffering in pain as a result of an incurable illness, or due to a terminal unconsciousness being in a coma. In my opinion, individuals suffering with no potential for improvement or recovery should be given the right to decide about their life, as well as family members of those who are permanently in persistent vegetative state with no chance of ever becoming conscious again. No person should be ever forced to suffer against their will.
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