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Euthanasia nowadays constitutes a moral issue that from time to time comes into view mainly from its supporters who contrarily to more traditional opinions believe that the man is the master of his life and that nobody else can force him to stay alive especially when his life has become unbearable from the illness and the pain This dilemma does not have an easy solution Even if basic thesis can and should- exist many times the subsumption of the specific cases to these thesis indicates the weakness of the man in front of some crossroads that happens to meet in his life My opinion is that the ending of the life should not be looked at as just a demonstration of a humanistic attitude that lacks spiritual consideration for the man but as a natural situation that should be respected and not abused The word euthanasia comes from the Greek words eu well and thanatos death It means a painless and gentle death But in modern usage it has come to imply that someones life is ended for compassionate reasons by some passive or active steps taken by another person Furthermore today euthanasia is referred to as passive or active that are differentiated on the basis of the behavior and the intent of the person who helps another person die Passive euthanasia refers to someones helping another person to die by withholding or withdrawing life- sustaining treatment including the administration of food and water It is also known as euthanasia by omission Passive euthanasia is usually requested by the person dying either verbally or through a written document such as a living will In passive euthanasia by withholding intravenous feedings medications surgery a pacemaker or a respirator the doctor can let the patient die of the underlying disease Active euthanasia on the other hand refers to someones taking active steps to give a dying person on his or her request a lethal dosage of drugs
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