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Euthanasia defined today is the taking of a life at the request of another with the desired outcome being death This definition really only applies to voluntary or willful euthanasia Non-voluntary and involuntary involves killing a person without the patients knowledge or consent which can also be called murder Some people tend to call this a life-ending treatment I stick with murder in every sense of the word Another form of euthanasia is called passive euthanasia which involves the taking away or the withholding of life supporting measures This becomes complicated when you factor in several excruciating circumstances such as the withholding of food and water those things cannot really be withheld because are the very basic right to survival Nevertheless one need not be obligated to use an extreme means to sustain life Because of its complexity each case must be looked at on an individual basis however it is imperative to note that if a particular medical procedure is dangerous or extreme then it can be stopped One must not intend the death by suppressing or removing treatment options The removal of a treatment as the illness becomes worse is not a direct form of killing In this case it is the illness that is killing not the one removing the treatment It is my belief that euthanasia is outside the scope of the commonly held life centered values in todays society and that we cannot allow it to happen without serious social and personal tragedyActive euthanasia or as some call it mercy killing applies to the Dr Kevorkians of today This is the planned and preformed murder or killing of the patient either through their consent voluntary Supporters of this type of murder have covered their ears to the commandment of the Lord Thou shalt not kill The goal while it might seem a legitimate one to eliminate and relieve suffering from the patient should
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