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Euthanasia Should a patient who has lost all powers of reasoning and who lives like a vegetable totally hopeless and helpless a terminal case who only wants to die be forced to live The number of people who are asking this question increases each day Although the official position of the medical profession is to maintain life indefinitely regardless of the condition of the patient euthanasia should be the choice of the patient or the patients family if the patient is unable to make the decision We are living in an age of medical miracles Medicine has made so much dramatic progress that lifesaving techniques that were thought to be impossible a generation ago are now possible Ill patients throughout the world are kept alive by the use of defibrillators respirators pacemakers and other similar equipment A study done by the American Encephalographic Society concluded that when an EEG reading is flat line the person is officially dead What this actually means is that while there may not be any brain activity other vital organs can work by means of certain equipment Now heart and lung machines can augment the duration of life Some say that life is precious but if a full filled life isnt within the grasp of the person living it than it cant be precious I believe that Euthanasia should be legalized because it should be an option of the patient who is dying People say that there should be the option to live but I think that there should also be the option to die Many also think that the person should stay alive because it is Gods will when they should die Why not put them out of their misery if the pain that one goes through is excruciating and death would relieve them of their pain Many states have laws that explain the condition of when a person is deceased States believe that they should authorize
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