Abortion And The Death Penalty

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Issues such as abortion and the death penalty are very divisive within the United States populace because they allow for the government to have a say on when life begins or should be taken away. In addition, these issues have both moral and religious disputes that add to the heated debates. In recent years, however, the usage of euthanasia to end the lives of those suffering with terminal illnesses has gotten mainstream traction. Although the usage of euthanasia remains illegal in the United States, several countries in Europe have already decriminalized the act. Therefore, this paper will make an argument in favor of euthanasia usage as it provides a quick and dignified way to die; however, the concerns of the opponents of the medical practice will be taken into consideration in order to develop a solution that regulates the medical practice effectively. Euthanasia is referred to as mercy killing because it involves the painless killing of a patient who is suffering from a painful disease or terminal illness (Banovic 1316). Yet, there are two categorical distinctions of euthanasia: Active and passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia is considered an intentional act that causes death (Ho 253). Some examples of this type of euthanasia include a lethal injection of potassium chloride or when a person is deliberately killed by being given an overdose of painkillers. Alternatively, passive euthanasia is an intentional act to avoid the prolongation of life (253). Two examples of
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