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  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia or mercy killing is the act of ending the life of a person suffering from terminal illness, a crippling physical ailment or grave wounds. Euthanasia often takes the form of physician-assisted suicide, carried out by withholding medical treatment and/or disconnecting life-support systems.

    Euthanasia is a controversial practice and evokes visceral reactions in its supporters and opponents. It has attracted the attention of doctors, scientists and mental health experts since the 19th century.

    Currently, euthanasia is legally sanctioned in five countries – Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; while assisted suicide is allowed by law in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the state of Victoria (Australia) as well as the U.S. states of Maine, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Vermont, Colorado, California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. In all other countries, euthanasia is illegal and offenders often face a jail sentence.

    In countries where euthanasia or assisted suicide are legal, most cases are of people with incurable illnesses such as cancer or those suffering from unbearable and untreatable medical conditions and have only weeks or months to live. In some countries, adults can choose to end their lives for psychiatric conditions such as depression, Asperger’s syndrome, personality disorder and early-stage dementia.

    Euthanasia can be classified as:

    • Voluntary – When conducted with the patient’s consent
    • Non-voluntary – When conducted on a person who is unable to consent due to their condition. In this case, consent is provided by an appropriate person on behalf of the patient
    • Involuntary – When conducted on a person capable of providing informed consent, but who does not do so, either because they were not asked or because they do not want to die. This is known as murder because it is usually against the person’s will

    The following compilation of euthanasia essays examine the subject and its medical, legal, ethical as well as philosophical aspects.

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    Is Physician-Assisted Suicide A Solution ? Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is a very important issue. It is also important tounderstand the terms and distinction between the varying degrees to which a person can be involved in hastening the death of a terminally ill individual. Euthanasia, a word that is often associated with physician assisted suicide, means the act or practice of killing for reasons of mercy. Assisted suicide takes place when a dying person who wishes to precipitate death,

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    Physician assisted suicide Physician assisted suicide, a suicide made possible by a physician providing a patient with the means to kill themselves, and euthanasia, the kindness of taking individual life by the physician, is an extremely debatable topic. Nonetheless, I am certain that there are some basic agreements that argue both for and against Physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, and when they are evaluated against each other there is a much solider case for prohibiting the Physician

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    relentless pain and agony through physician assisted death? Physician-Assisted Suicide PAS is highly contentious because it induces conflict of several moral and ethical questions such as who is the true director of our lives. Is suicide an individual choice and should the highest priority to humans be alleviating pain or do we suffer for a purpose? Is suicide a purely individual choice? Having analyzed and even experience the effects of physician assisted suicide, I promote and fully support its

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    Physician-Assisted Suicide In today's society, a very controversial issue is physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Many people feel that it is wrong for people, regardless of their health situation, to ask their doctor or attendant to end their life. Others feel it is their right to be able to choose how and when they die. When a doctor is asked to help a patient to their death, they have certain responsibilities that come along with it. Among these duties, they must prove

  • Physician- Assisted Suicide

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    Physician- Assisted Suicide What can be more personal than the decision to end one's life in its final, painful days? Physician-assisted suicide is a justifiable suicide; “self-deliverance” and a person's liberty should not be taken away. On September 15, 2001 my negative attitude toward physician-assisted suicide changed drastically. My mother's parents are deeply in love and unfortunately have become very sick. My grandma was just diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease one year before her death

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    Physician-Assisted Suicide Every second of every day somebody in the world dies. Some of these deaths will be natural and others will be unexpected, such as accidents and murders. People with terminal illnesses may feel the desire to die before their natural time. Many will also seek the advice and even help from their health care providers in ending their lives. However, despite the pain and suffering these people may go through everyday, physician-assisted suicide should never need to occur

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    allowed the physician to aid the dying of the patients that has the terminally illness, the state of New Mexico will potentially become the 5th state in the United States after Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont. This issue soon become the most eye-catching issues recently and brought up the debate of such issue along with the medical ethics, religions and human rights that was already goes along for decades, and this article will contain the argument that why should the physician-assisted suicide

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    Physician Assisted Suicide There are thousands of people in the world that are sick and thousands of people that die everyday. Why then would some of those people want to have a physician-assisted suicide? There are different forms of physician-assisted suicide, but all of them end in suicide. The definition of a physician-assisted suicide is, "The voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician" (Medical Dictionary)

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    Introduction The history of physician-assisted suicide began to emerge since the ancient time. Historians and ancient philosophers especially had been debating over this issue. Thus, this issue is no longer new to us. However, it seems little vague because it has not yet been fully told. The historical story consists of patterns of thought, advocacy, and interpretation on whether to legalize assisted death. "Only until June, 1999, the United States Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases that