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Voluntary Euthanasia The Right to Choose The word euthanasia comes from the Greekeu good and thanatos death But there has been a more complex meaning developed in recent times The word euthanasia has now come to mean doing something to achieve a good death Doing something either positive or negative about getting that good death Humphry 80 The world is concerned about the denial of human rights Human rights violations include imprisonment without trial torture killing and discrimination A less recognized but also important violation is increasingly occurring in our freedom-loving country We deny incurable patients the right to die with dignity Individuals who have lived free lives and made their own personal choices are being denied this last choice The dying must have the right to choose the manner and time of that final exit death Distaste for such openness about voluntary euthanasia undoubtedly lies within the realm of modern mans horror of irrational suicide Suicide for an emotional reason is always tragic and almost always unnecessary Nevertheless suicide is endemic in humankind However much we regret it suicide will not go away Moreover if we care so much why do we not do more about prevention such as teaching parents to recognize the signs of potential suicide in their children According to statistics the suicide rate in the Western world appears to be rising steadily particularly among the youth Nuland 144-145 The other side of the argument however will not disappear or retreat just because of our distaste for emotional suicide The course of nature once seemed unalterable Now advances in medical technology have allowed terminally ill and permanently unconscious patients who once died quickly from complications or from an inability to eat and drink to be kept alive dramatically longer than ever before The newfound capabilities of medical science have brought difficult right-to-die issues into the lives of many dying patients Patients and their families need to make decisions about
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