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Euthanasia is used to describe the practice which a doctor or other carer might undertake that might result in shortening a persons life This definition could include withdrawing life-sustaining treatment or the administration of a lethal non-therapeutic drug The Greek meaning for euthanasia is easy or happy death The practice of euthanasia has become illegal and is recognized in no nation Euthanasia continues to be regarded as contrary to humanitarian and ethical principles and is highly punishableEuthanasia has been accepted both legally and morally in various forms in many societies In ancient Greece and Rome it was permissible in some situations to help others die With a rise of organized religions euthanasia becomes morally and ethical Christianity Judaism and Islam all hold human life sacred and condemn euthanasia in any form Western laws have generally considered the act of helping someone to die a form of homicide subject to legal sanctions Euthanasia however occurs secretly in all societies including those in which it is held to be immoral and illegal The core of the challenge of euthanasia is ethical because human life is in stake Unlawful killing can be committed by an act or by an omission when there was a lawful duty to protect or preserve a lifeMany polls have been taken however the results vary according to the precise questions asked In 1995 Australians Northern Territory approved a euthanasia bill It went into effect in 1996 and was overturned by the Australian Parliament in 1997The study published in April 23 1997 New English Journal of Medicine shows that while 36 of doctors would be willing to write lethal prescriptions if this were legal only 11 are willing to do so now when it is against the law Since entering practice 183 of all doctors have received a request for a lethal prescription but only 33 have actually written one The survey results show that at a minimum laws protection against Euthanasia prevent over
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