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Mercy killing is murder Mercy killing or euthanasia is the act by which a person suffering from a severe and painful illness or injury is released from life through a less painful and faster method Strange though it may seem it has existed in early times as well Soldiers through the centuries- as far back as the Greeks and the Romans-have killed wounded comrades rather than leave them to be captured alive by their enemies or to die on battle fields The assumption being that the enemies will torture the wounded man or that he will die slowly and painfully In fact there are stories where soldiers have made pacts with each other to be killed if they were wounded In recent times there has been a lot of publicity as more and more people are beginning to debate that mercy killing is a good thing However even though the term mercy killing is used to describe the act of allowing a person to die in dignity there are a few different situations involved Often when the subject is discussed the example given is about someone suffering from a painful or terminal illness However the truth is that several situations are encountered In this light it seems that though for some cases the argument is straightforward it is not so for others Each case needs to be analysed separately There are cases where a person is kept alive by mechanical means All signs show that there is no hope of the person recovering because his brain is dead Now up to the present moment it is widely acknowledged that a person is considered dead only when his heart stops beating Hence the debate is now on to see if a person who is brain dead can be considered dead as well Here is certainly a case for mercy killing People who are brain dead are not known to have recovered so perhaps it
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