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One of the biggest controversies of this decade is euthanasia Euthanasia is inducing the painless death of a person for reasons assumed to be mercifulHenrickson and Martin 24 There are four types of euthanasia voluntary and direct voluntary but indirect direct but involuntary and indirect and involuntary Voluntary and direct euthanasia is chosen and carried out by the patient Voluntary but indirect euthanasia is chosen in advance Direct but involuntary euthanasia is done for the patient without his or her request Indirect and involuntary euthanasia occurs when a hospital decides that it is time to remove life support Fletcher 42-3 Euthanasia can be traced as far back as to the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations It was sometimes allowed in these civilizations to help others die Voluntary euthanasia was approved in these ancient societies As time passed religion increased and life was viewed to be sacred Euthanasia in any form was seen as wrong Encarta 98 In this century there have been many groups formed that are for and against euthanasia In 1935 the first group that was for the legalization of euthanasia was formed It was called the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and was started by a group of doctors in London The Voluntary Euthanasia Society The first society established in the United States came shortly after in 1938 It was called the Hemlock Society and it now consists of more than 67000 members The purpose of this society is to support your decision to die and to offer support when you are ready to die Humphrey 186 This society also believes that a person must have believed in euthanasia for a certain amount of time before you can make the request for death Humphrey 112 Euthanasia has been a large issue in the courts during this century The first doctor was charged for performing euthanasia in1935 Harold Blazer was charged for the death of his daughter His daughter was a
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