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Euthanasia in the United States By Dennis Zabka E-mail C03DennisZabkausafaafmil Euthanasia in the United States Every year two million people die in North America Chronic illness such as cancer or heart disease accounts for two of every three deaths It is estimated that approximately seventy percent of these people die after a decision is made to forgo life-sustaining treatment Choice in Dying In America and all around the world the ongoing debate is whether patients should have the opportunity to implement this critical alternative of euthanasia Although controversial it is imperative that United States citizens are not denied this right to a humane death Groups in opposition to euthanasia say that patients who yearn to make this decision are neither in a healthy psychological state of mind nor have the God-willing right to do so These groups feel if euthanasia were to become a publicly accepted option to the terminally ill that physicians family and even patients may abuse it They also strongly support modern end-of-life treatment known as palliative care as a more logical and moral option Perhaps the strongest belief that euthanasia is wrong comes from those who follow the words of the Bible and believe that every aspect of life belongs to God The Old Testament records an incident involving King Saul of Israel who became seriously wounded on the battlefield Fearing the advancing enemy Saul took his own sword and tried to fall against it He cried to a soldier Come and put me out of my misery for I am in terrible pain but life lingers on The soldier acted in accordance with the wishes of the king and killed him The soldier then brought some of Sauls armor to David and said I killed him for I knew he couldnt live David ordered the soldier put to death Eareckson 111 Those who believe in the Bible clearly see here that whether a monarch or a common
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