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Artificial Life or Death Euthanasia has been a hotly debated about topic for thepast couple of decades but has recently been thrust into the limelight bymany controversial court and hospital decisions Euthanasia is defined as the mercy killing of a personwho is brain dead terminally ill or otherwise at deaths door This usuallybut not necessarily affects people who are are separated from death onlyby machines Whether you personally believe mercy killing is a viable solutionin a hopeless situation or not the proponents for both sides provide argumentsthat can be quite convincing Supporters of euthanasia say that it is suchan improbability for a miraculous recovery and a return to a normal lifethat it is not worth putting the patient through all the suffering and agonythat prolonging their life would cause or the fortune of hospital bills thatyou would pay The opposition feels that it is not right for people to abandonother members of the human race because there is always a chance even thoughit is a small one that they will regain all functons and return to a normallife There are many cases in which euthanasia is acceptableBraindeath is one situation which merits euthanasia It is also one of the morecommon cases where euthanasia is requested Brain death is when all brainactivities cease The lines are fairly well drawn in the law about patientswho are suffering but are still compotent but when the law is asked to determinethe fate of a lingering comatose incompotent patient the lines begin toblur In many cases the courts turned to the patients family but what ifthere are not any or they disagree In such cases who decides In a controversialdecision a Massachusetts court allowed that it would invoke its own substitutejudgement on behalf of a mentally ill woman In a second case mentionedin the January 7 issue of Newsweek a Minnesota Surpreme court turned tothree hospital ethics committees to review a dying loners case followedtheir collected wisdom and ordered him
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