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Euthanasia To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause death -Oath of Hippocrates This phrase alone supports the very battle cry of those who oppose euthanasia Their efforts have gone as far as to help make laws forbidding doctor-assisted suicide including strict procedures for medical staff to determine the competency of an ill patient But then there are those who wish to make it easier on themselves and even the family and friends and choose as alternative route the their suffering Extremely difficult problems arise surrounding the issue of euthanasia What is the difference between killing someone and letting someone die Who determines the competency of a terminally ill patient If a patient is incompetent who then makes the decisions for him Most importantly do we even have the right to die The question of whether this is a moral battle or a legal battle has yet to be determined Ever though the issue of suicide may consist of both factors if one commits suicide successfully they live neither with the moral guilt nor the face the legal consequences So then if a second party is involved it changes the whole story What is the difference between killing someone and letting someone die To get a little more technical these phrases are also known as active and passive euthanasia If one were to evaluate both of these he would probably say that letting someone die were a better choice than killing someone After all most medical practices in the US allow for the legally One may be preferred over the other but is that one better than the other In an example lets say that a doctor decides to withhold treatment of a patient who is to die in the next couple of days He does this because he finds it helpless to prolong his suffering But in actuality when the doctor withdraws his
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