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. Rom Houben, became paralyzed after he got into a car accident. Rom was in a coma for 23 years, but he was always conscious. He tried to communicate with others, but he was incapable. Rom wouldn’t have been present today if his family decided to euthanize him (lifenews.com).
In several countries around the world, assisted suicide is legal, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some parts of the US. The Netherlands and Belgium both legalized euthanasia in 2002, but in Belgium, two doctors and a psychologist must always be involved. In Switzerland, euthanasia is banned, but “suicide assisted by a physician and a non-physician is allowed since 1941” (deccanherald.com). In the US, “most states now legally allow the making of such wills that instruct hospitals and physicians to suspend treatment or to refuse life-support measures in hopeless cases” (enyclopediabirtanica.com). Only 3 states in the US, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, have legalized passive euthanasia. 39 states have prohibited assisted suicide, and 4 don’t have any definite law of assisted suicide (procon.org). Passive euthanasia and assisted suicide both intentionally end a life, but passive euthanasia stops or refuses treating th...
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...ors didn’t believe you could live any longer? Around the world, people are euthanized even when they still have a chance at life. Worldwide, in The Giver, and the Bible, euthanasia is found unacceptable and is negatively impacting many people.
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