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Taking a persons life is a serious matter Some people think that a person who is in great pain should be made to suffer through it People with serious illnesses however should be able to decide if they want to live through the pain of a slow agonizing death or die a quick painless death Euthanasia should not be deemed a crime If a person is in great pain and is going to die soon that person should have the right to die without enduring pain if heshe chooses to We could keep people alive who are immobile relying on machines to do the functions that their body ceased to do But that persons life is not benefiting himher any longer If life is no longer considered a benefit to a competent patient then the life has become a burden to that patient Most people are very concerned with the last stage of their lives The fact that they are concerned reflects not just a fear of experiencing substantial suffering when dying but also a desire to retain dignity and control during this last stage of life Most patients in the last stage of their life find new ways to deal with their disabilities and find meaning and value in new activities However some find their impairments and burdens in the last stage of their lives to make their life no longer a benefit to them For many patients near death maintaining the quality of ones life avoiding great suffering maintaining ones dignity and insuring that others will remember them the way they would like to be remembered is of great importance and outweighs merely extending ones life Brock 70 In their choices of maintaining dignity and quality of life in death those who are terminally ill have two basic choices The two types of physician assisted euthanasia are passive euthanasia where a patient is taken off any medication or life support systems and allowed
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