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Everybody is going to die sometime but for some serious medical conditions only prolong the wait upon their deathbed From newborn infants with severe handicaps to elderly men and women diagnosed with hopeless amnesia euthanasia has found a place in society since societys creation and a boundary is begging to be drawn Passive voluntary and active are the two mains forms of euthanasia A cancer patient certain to die within a month may ask to have his or her respirator turned off and have the iv removed presenting them with a quick and dignified death this would be an example of passive euthanasia A case a active euthanasia would be a person manually assisting the patient in suicide A doctor providing a lethal dosage of drugs to be inserted into the arm would be an example Keep in mind however that the doctor cannot be the one to trigger the drugs into the patient without turing the case into murder This is the similar to the recent occurrence of Dr Deaths actions With perhaps the most infamous name in euthanasia Doctor Jack Kevorkians brave methods came to an abrupt halt in spring of 1999 He was sentenced to ten to twenty-five years in prison for the assisted suicide of Thomas Youk a 52 year-old victim of Lou Gehrigs disease The judge recognized this case to be different from Kevorkians previous trials on account of the lethal injection Kevorkian initiated himself rather than the regular prescription of lethal drugs tolerated over 130 times before Kevorkian will not be eligible for parole until May of 2007 and rightfully so say even many right-to-die groups He is a symptom of the problem rather than part of the solution says John Brooke of Americans for Death With Dignity - a California-based euthanasia support group Clearly euthanasia has its share of protesters and there even some supporters who recognize the boundaries The battle now returns to a
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