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Easy Death Terminally ill patients should have the right to die with dignity When a doctor helps a patient die it is called euthanasia but when a person tries to kill himherself it is called suicide If people do not want to stay on their death bed forever they should be able to kill themselves To avoid the stigma of suicide euthanasia should be allowed for the benefit of the terminally ill Euthanasia is defined in Websters Dictionary as granting painless death to a hopelessly ill patient with a non-curable disease The word euthanasia is derived from the Greek word thanatos meaning death and the prefix eu meaning easy or good From 1976 on there has been debates about the disconnecting of respirators and feeding tubes that keep thousands of people alive in a continuous vegetative state or coma and medically assisting to end the life of an individual that is hopelessly suffering Medical euthanasia is a general term sometimes used to describe euthanasia given by a doctor for the benefit of the individual - to end hopeless suffering or a meaningless existence It is customary to classify euthanasia into active versus passive Active euthanasia means a positive merciful act taken deliberately to end futile suffering or a meaningless existence It is an act of commission death is induced either by direct action to terminate life or by indirect action such as in giving drugs in amounts that will clearly hasten death Some would limit the use to direct intentional Pamela Siegall action to end life which under present law is murder If the intent in giving drugs is to hurry death as well as to relieve pain that too is now a criminal act though proof of such intent might be difficult to establish Even if a physician provides the means for a patient to end his own life it is against the law
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