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Euthanasia Whose Choice Is It Most people in North America die what may be called a bad death One study found that More often than not patients died in pain their desires concerning treatment neglected after spending 10 days or more in an intensive care unit Introduction 1 Is a painful death a natural and acceptable fact of life It is my belief that a person with a terminal disease enduring uncontrollable pain who has the desire to end their life should be able to do so Unfortunately many groups and government agencies have taken it upon themselves to block a patients access to an early death via a lethal dose of prescription drugs from their own physician This leaves many ill people desiring to end their lives no choice but to wait until the disease kills them in its slow painful and debilitating way The word euthanasia originated from the Greek language eu means good and thanatos means death One meaning given to the word is the intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who dies Introduction 1 One type of euthanasia is called passive euthanasia Passive euthanasia is when a patient doesnt have a hand in their own death Examples of passive euthanasia include the action of when a patients ventilator is turned off food and water are no longer given to the patient or a DNR do not resuscitate order is given These actions are usually spelled out in a patients living will or requested by family members if the patient is in a vegetative state A living will expresses your wishes regarding medical care in the event you become unable to express them yourself Another type of euthanasia is called active euthanasia Active euthanasia occurs when a patients life is
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