Euthanasia Is The Painless Killing Of A Patient Suffering From An Incurable Disease?

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Euthanasia is “the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable disease or in an irreversible coma.” The practice of Euthanasia is illegal in most countries. In fact only three states in the United States and the District of Columbia allow assisted suicide. Four states have no laws against euthanasia, and 38 states have made euthanasia illegal. Is it better for a person to live a biological life or a biographical life? If a person with a terminal illness’s pain can be managed to a tolerable level should they still have the choice to live or not? There is also the religious view on Euthanasia. Is there a difference between “letting” someone die and “killing” someone? In California the “End of Life Option Act” was just recently passed in October. They were inspired by Oregons act “Death with Dignity Act.” In order for someone to die with medical assistance in California they must meet certain requirements. A patient with a terminal illness must have a diagnosis with six months or less to live. The terminally ill patient must be a resident of California. The patient must orally say two times with fifteen days between each statement that they want to die. Two witnesses must be present to hear the patient make that statement. One of the witnesses is not allowed to be a relative or someone who is going to financially benefit off of the patients death. The death certificate must state that the cause of death was from the terminal illness, not by

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