Euthanasia Discussion

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Whose responsibility is it to decide when, where, and under what conditions a person is to die? This question inevitably brings up discussion of spirituality, beliefs, and legislation. Euthanasia is an idea that has been around for decades yet as we progress in technology and medical competency the discussion screams to be addressed formally by passing legislature. Euthanasia must be taken out of the hands of lawmakers and put into the hands of the thousands fatally ill patients trapped in their own bodies and/or minds. It is our responsibility as a society of profound thinking individuals to discuss this difficult and troubling issue that has plagued the lives of families all over the entire world. We must debate on an issue that …show more content…
As of right now there are two countries that have legalized euthanasia, The Netherlands and Belgium, along with Australia’s Northern Territory. In the United States there is only one state that has legalized PAS, which is Oregon. PAS is defined as “the prescription or supplying of drugs with the explicit intention of enabling the patient to end his or her life by an overdose” (Willems et al. 2000). The debate has multiple angles of support and opposition. The leading support groups for euthanasia center around the fact that it is their lives to control. As Dorothy Rasinski Gregory states,
Ask the average physician, attorney, or layperson what kind of death he or she would prefer and a variety of responses might be heard: “in my sleep; . . . after I’ve had a chance to bring closure to a family problem; . . . with dignity; . . . while still in possession of my faculties; . . . with little or no pain; . . . after I’ve had a chance to say ‘goodbye’; . . . not dependent on anyone or anything; . . . before I become a burden; . . . fast—so I won’t know what’s hit me; . . . only after I’ve made my peace

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