Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

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General Overview “Euthanasia is directly or indirectly bringing about the death of another person for that person’s sake; it is thought to provide a benefit or a good for the person by ending a life deemed no longer worth living-a situation that typically arises when someone has an incurable or terminal disease that causes great suffering or when someone experiences an irreversible loss of consciousness,” (Vaughn, 2010, p. 292). “Related to, but distinct from, active voluntary euthanasia is physician-assisted suicide-the killing of a person by the person’s own hand with the help of a physician,” (Vaughn, 2010, p. 293). In all states in America expect one it is illegal. There is a lot of controversy surrounding euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, from supporters of many different theories. Some believe that human life should be more about quality rather than quantity. Should a person who has a terminal illness is required to live in pain? Could this cause more harm than good based on an overall happiness of everyone? Is it humane to allow someone to suffer over a long period of time because it is morally wrong to assist in suicide? Or is it okay for someone to make a choice with their own human life, based on their quality of life? If the family is the greatest number of people, do they decide on weather their loved one lives or dies? Does cost play a factor in how much care you will receive till you die? What about organ donation? Is it okay to end life for donation
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