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Voluntary euthanasia One of the biggest controversies of this decade is euthanasia Euthanasia can be traced as far back as to the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations It was sometimes allowed in these civilizations to help others die Voluntary euthanasia was approved in these ancient societies As time passed religion increased and life was viewed to be sacred Euthanasia in any form was seen as wrong Encarta 99 In this century there have been many groups formed that are for and against euthanasia In 1935 the first group that was for the legalization of euthanasia was formed It was called the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and was started by a group of doctors in London The Voluntary Euthanasia Society The first society established in the United States came shortly after in 1938 It was called the Hemlock Society and it now consists of more than 67000 members The purpose of this society is to support your decision to die and to offer support when you are ready to die This society also believes that a person must have believed in euthanasia for a certain amount of time before you can make the request for death The medical methods and effects have a large impact on how people view euthanasia Euthanasia can be performed by lethal injection gas the removal of life support equipment the removal of necessary medicines and withholding of food and fluids many see this as cruelty due to its effects on the patient It causes nausea vomiting heart problems depression dry skin and shortness in breath As one can see there are many aspects and issues that make euthanasia controversial Euthanasia is the intentional taking of the life of another person by act or omission for compassionate motives There are three types of euthanasia the first one is voluntary and this is when a person has requested it for himherself The second one is non-voluntary and this is when there has been no
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