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Euthanasia it is one of the most controversial issues of our time This controversial issue raises many questions such as how should decisions be made and by whom What should be determined as a matter of law and what left a matter of discretion and judgment Should those who want to die or who are in a persistent vegetative state be allowed to die voluntarily Who should decide the patient the physician the courts or the families The pro-euthanasia arguments turn on the individual case of the patient in pain suffering at the center of an intolerable existence When life becomes unbearable quick death can be the answer If living persons become so ill that they cannot tolerate the pain they have a right to die to an escape from torment some may say So long as the right to die means not prolonging the life by undesirable treatment it may be classified as rational suicide The term euthanasia means good health or well dying it is derived from the Greek eu and thanatos In its classical sense it is a descriptive term referring to an easy death as opposed to an agonizing or tormented dying In Greek literature euthanasia conveyed a happy death an ideal and coveted end to a full and pleasant life The concern to die well is as old as humanity itself for the questions surrounding death belong to the essence of being human All people die but apparently only people know they are to die They live with the truth that life is under the sentence of death Thus from the beginning of the species concern with how one dies has been an implicit part of the human attempt to come to terms with death There is still a question involved in the contemporary debates about euthanasia which is posed by a case such as the terminally ill who are dying The issue concerns the morality of mercy
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