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Euthanasia formerly know as mercy killing means intentionally making someone die rather than allowing them to die naturally In an online article by the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force says that euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion Euthanasia is one of the most important public policy issues being debated today The outcome of that debate will profoundly affect family relationships interaction between doctors and patients and concepts of basic morality Euthanasia Answers Some cases exist in which euthanasia should be allowed when done under the guidance of a medical doctor Euthanasia has become an issue of increasing attention because of Dr Jack Kevorkians assisted suicides Because of an increasing number of assisted suicides in Michigan Gov Engler signed an anti-assisted suicide law in September of 1998 that made doctor-assisted suicides a felony This law places anyone assisting in a suicide to prison sentence of up to five years andor fined up to 10000 Michigan Governor By signing this Gov Engler has put a great deal of stress onto some patients who wish to take their lives this way but now have no way of doing it With the passing of this law many people thought that most of the population would be against the right-to-die not so In a survey that I conducted on the campus of Marshall University on Oct 22 1999 80 of the students that I interviewed think sometimes there are circumstances when a patient should be allowed to die compared to only 15 think doctors and nurses should always do everything possible to save a persons life It also showed that 80 of these students approve of state laws that allow medical care for the terminally ill to be removed or withheld if the patient wishes whereas only 13 disapproved of the laws Also 70 think the family should be allowed to make the decision about treatment on behalf of the patient if they are unable to 70 think it
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