Euthanasia Is Not A Standard Form Of Care

2076 Words Dec 4th, 2014 9 Pages
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia are terms used to define the method in which a close relative and/or doctor of an ill or disabled individual, participates in an activity which directly or indirectly leads to the death of said individual (Garg, Chanana, Rai, Gargi, 2010). Due to the humanistic desire to end the individuals suffering and pain, the behavior is supported by the relative(s) and healthcare (Garg, Chanana, Rai, Gargi, 2010). Since euthanasia is not a standard form of care, the attitudes and practices of the matter vary. Amongst the different opinions of the method comes the separation of states. Throughout the United States, only four states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana (FindLaw, 2014). The remaining 46 states consider any type of assisted suicide illegal (FindLaw, 2014) . In order to gain perspective on both sides of the spectrum, a state in which physician-assisted suicide is legal – Oregon – will be cross-examined with our home state, Pennsylvania, an anti-physician assisted suicide commonwealth.

As a prerequisite to tackling both sides of this debate, one must know that there are six different types of euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is when an individual requests to end their life due to an illness that is terminal. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when an individual does not give consent for their death. Involuntary euthanasia is defined as when a person who is killed expresses their wish to not die.…
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