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Everyone knows the name Dr Jack Kevorkian since the media placed him in the public eye for his actions involved with euthanasia He has assisted in the deaths of hundreds of patients The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines euthanasia as the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals as persons or domestic animals in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy The controversial issue of euthanasia is a very involved moral social religious and political battle Euthanasia in its many forms involves the sacred essence of a human life which creates mixed views if it is an allowable action from many diverse points of view however ultimately it is that persons life and that persons decision There are three main types of euthanasia or mercy killing in existence in the world today The first main type is a physician-assisted suicide while the other two are active and passive methods of euthanasia Physician assisted suicide is when a doctor supplies the patient with the proper information procedure and or tools that allow the patient themselves to terminate their own lives with ease Active euthanasia is where there is a deliberate action to end the life of a dying patient to avoid further suffering Active euthanasia can be broken down into two categories voluntary and involuntary Voluntary euthanasia is when a doctor gives a dying patient a lethal injection at the request of the patient to end the patients life Involuntary euthanasia is where a doctor gives a dying patient a lethal injection to end hisher life without a specific request for the action Finally there is passive euthanasia which is allowing a person to die of natural causes and to not do anything to attempt to save that persons life Two examples of passive euthanasia are not disconnecting a persons life support and also not resuscitating a person once their heart stops and they are dead These methods
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