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Euthanasia comes from the Greek and means painless happy deathWebster defines it as an easy and painless death or an act or methodof causing death painlessly so as to end suffering advocated by some asa way to deal with victims of incurable disease Yet one more groupthe Euthanasia Society defines euthanasia as termination of human lifeby painless means for the purpose of ending severe physical sufferingWhat is euthanasia on a more intimate level Some call euthanasia mercykilling an others call it murder Euthanasia is one of the mostcontroversial issues affecting all realms of society and needs to beclosely examined In order to delve deep enough into the issue thereligious legal cultural ethical medical and spiritualramifications of euthanasia from both proponents and opponents ofeuthanasia need to be explored The following discussion of euthanasiawill inform people about euthanasia and to help them draw their ownconclusions To clarify matters there are two types of euthanasia passive andactive Both have the end result of ending the life of a terminally illperson Passive euthanasia can range from discontinuing life-sustainingmedical treatment such as removing patients who cannot breath on theirown from a respirator to giving pain medications such as morphine inamounts that have the side effect of hastening death 6 Activeeuthanasia is a direct act by a physician or other person that has thepurpose of ending a life It is often done by giving the patient alethal chemical injection or IV drip or by inhaling a deadly gas 10 Euthanasia is such a controversial topic because it brings forthquestions about the morality of killing the effectiveness of consentthe duties of HYPERLINK Downloads physicians and equity inthe distribution of resources 1 It is a topic that is particularlyuncomfortable for society to confront especially in the medical fieldHowever it is not a new phenomenon brought into the spotlight recentlyby individuals like Jack Kevorkian Euthanasia has been both discussedand practiced in both the East and the West from the beginning
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