Euthanasi Voluntary And Involuntary

1273 Words Jul 31st, 2014 6 Pages
Can you imagine that you are lying in bed and feeling extreme pain, caused by disease, and you cannot do anything to stop it? No one would like to find themselves in such circumstances. Unfortunately, not every person spends the last days or weeks of life in a peaceful manner. Instead, there is a possibility of “uncontrolled physical agony and emotional distress” (Bruce and Boston 1). One of the ways of preventing suffering at the end of life is mercy killing, or euthanasia. There are two types of euthanasia – voluntary and involuntary. Involuntary, or passive euthanasia, occurs when a person is not able to give permission for his or her death, e.g. if the person is in a comatose condition; voluntary euthanasia is performed with a help of a doctor with a person’s consent. Legalizing voluntary euthanasia allows people, who are terminally ill, have physical disabilities, or are in the beginning stage of Dementia, to choose whether to endure until their body gives up or to peacefully pass away without torment. First reason why euthanasia should be legalized is that there are myriads of terminally ill people who are suffering from horrible symptoms that cause pain and that cannot always can be relieved with medications. An example of a disease that can cause incapable and uncontrollable pain is cancer. One type of it, which is often fatal, is osteosarcoma in children, which is “one of the most common secondary malignant” (Hatori 1) childhood cancers. After finding…
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