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For a variety of reasons passive euthanasia is the only form that should be allowed I base my opinion on the opinions of doctors and other Americans In the United States from a survey of 3702 doctors taken in April of 1998 only 11 of them would Ok active euthanasia Only 7 of doctors would provide lethal injection if asked to do so and only 6 say that they have ever done either Rubin 1A However the American Medical Association feels that the legislation of passive euthanasia is unnecessary This opinion is based on the fact that people die everyday who are on life support and that attempts are failing daily to bring back life Horkan 70-71 While I do not agree with the sixty percent of Americans who support active euthanasia I do agree with the eighty percent that support passive euthanasia Humphry 186 Obviously there is strong support for my opinion I oppose the two primary methods of active euthanasia lethal injection and the withholding of food and fluids I feel that the life of any person should be appreciated and lived out until he or she needs the use of life-support machines By administering a lethal injection one causes the patient to cut his life short Withholding food and fluids not only shortens the life but it causes additional days of great suffering Some of the effects are nausea vomiting muscle pain cough and shortness of breath Harris 5 I support passive methods of euthanasia The two primary methods are removal of life support and removal of necessary medicines Employing life support and medicines would lead to an unnatural prolonging of life Removing them does not shorten life does not place the patients family in unnecessary debt and also does not cause prolonged suffering for the patient or for the patients family A reasonable approach to the question of euthanasia involves four considerations First one should decide
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