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In the United States by current individual state laws any form of euthanasiais murder and considered a criminal offense ACT At this time there are stillno federal laws prohibiting the practice of euthanasia as a country Euthanasiaby definition is the intentional killing of a person for compassionatemotives whether the killing is by a direct action such as a lethal injectionor by failing to perform an action necessary to maintain life When discussingeuthanasia there are many questions to consider before passing judgements foreither side First we should decide Is there a need for euthanasia Next wemust determine Who euthanasia is proposed for and What practices areinvolved Then we need to view the public opinion and the current view the lawholds to completely weigh all the aspects of euthanasia to make an informeddecision of whether or not euthanasia should be legalThe first aspect of euthanasia we must look at is Is there a need foreuthanasia Terminally ill patients are the ones who actively seek euthanasiaTerminally ill patients are the major stakeholders in this debate KelliherTerminally ill cancer patients are the majority who support physician-assistedsuicide Patients seek euthanasia when symptoms become too painful to endureSome of these patients are in such pain even under massive amounts of painmedication they would rather terminate their life then continue to suffer untilthe inescapable ending of death when their body finally gives up ReligiousTolerance Pain is pain and is unavoidable in terminally ill patients whowithout the choice will suffer a great deal of pain even longerEuthanasia for the most part has been proposed for those who are stricken by aterminal disease from which they suffer severe pain ACT Euthanasia is a veryunique decision in which terminally ill patients would have the choice to hastenthe amount of pain in which they suffer by choosing to pass away Though morerecently euthanasia has been being used as an alternative method for persons whowish to die for some apparent reason such as being just plain tired
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