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WHAT DOES EUTHANASIA MEAN Isis Kearney ENG 121-019 September 22 2000 WHAT DOES EUTHANASIA MEAN At some point in our lives we will all depart this fine world but do we have to suffer until that day comes Unfortunately a vast majority of our society believes its wrong to consider euthanasia an option Throughout history we have fought for the freedom of choice like abortion the right for woman to vote and the right for gays and lesbians to marry just to name a few examples Euthanasia should be considered a pro-choice decision as long as physicians have guidelines that they must follow Euthanasia may not be right for everyone based on their religious beliefs cultural background or their upbringing That does not necessarily mean that euthanasia is wrong for everyone The word Euthanasia originated from the Greek language Eu means good and Thanatos means death The definition that the Netherlands State Commission uses is the intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who seeks death as a last resortNSC That is the term euthanasia usually implies nevertheless the person who wishes to end their lives due to great agony must initiate the act However many people define euthanasia to include both voluntary and involuntary termination of life Like so many other terms in our language euthanasia has many meanings The result is mass confusion among our society Presently there are four complicated categories that represent euthanasia The first is voluntary euthanasia-in which a patient voluntarily brings about his or her own death with the assistances of a person- typically a physician Encarta In this incident the act is considered suicide intentional self-inflicted death The patient actually consents to his or her own death either verbally or through a living will In the case of Don Dax Cowart he verbally consented to his own death but the physicians and his family
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