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Euthanasia is the practice of ending a persons life so as to release them from unbearable suffering or an incurable disease There are two different types passive euthanasia occurs when all means are not carried out to prevent a persons death whereas during active euthanasia direct actions are performed which will lead to a painless death in a person who is horrendously suffering There is general consensus around the world that passive euthanasia is morally right in some cases especially when the patient has remained in a permanent vegetative state for some time However active euthanasia is much more controversial We must ask ourselves the most fundamental question that directly touches this important issue Is euthanasia- active or passive- really moral or is it in fact immoral How are we going to go about answering this question 1 We cannot discover whether euthanasia is immoral simply by consulting our feelings Our feelings may be nothing more than irrational prejudice they may have nothing to do with the truth At one time most people felt that people of other races were inferior and that slavery was Gods own plan Our feelings about euthanasia may also be mistaken so we cannot rely on them However when one must make a moral judgment rational support is in order We must analyse and weigh up the reasons before we make a decision about active euthanasia The single most powerful argument in support of active euthanasia is the argument from mercy Terminally ill patients sometimes suffer pain so horrible that it is beyond the comprehension of those who have not actually experienced it themselves Their suffering can be so terrible that we do not like to even think about it we recoil even from the descriptions of such agony The argument from mercy says active euthanasia is justified because it provides an end to this anguish Stewart Alsto spoke movingly of his wife Jacky
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