Euthanasia Essay example

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Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing is a practice of ending a life to release an individual from an incurable disease or intolerable suffering. Euthanasia has been accepted both legally and morally in various forms in many societies but not in all. “In ancient Greece and Rome it was permissible in some situations to help others die. For example, the Greek writer Plutarch mentioned that in Sparta infanticide was practiced on children who lacked "health and vigor." Both Socrates and Plato sanctioned forms of euthanasia in certain cases. Voluntary euthanasia for the elderly was an approved custom in several ancient societies.” With the rise of organized religion, euthanasia became morally and ethically abhorrent. Christianity, …show more content…
Derek first founded the Hemlock Society in 1980 after the tragic death of his wife Jean. Jean had bone cancer and suffered a lot of pain and eventually took her own life with Dereks help.
     There are also some organizations that feel euthanasia should be illegal. One such organization is the I.A.E.T.F. which stands for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force. The I.A.E.T.F. is an information center for many different groups, one such group is Hospice. Hospice is a program designed to assist patients and families at the end of life. “Hospice care is to provide symptom-directed, supportive care and to address the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the patients, families and caregivers” of terminally ill individuals. Basically hospice doesn’t believe in any form of euthanasia. The focus of Hospice is pain management. If you can manage the pain through medications it is thought by this group that you don’t have to take your life.
     Currently, there is only one state where euthanasia is legal this state is Oregon. New York currently believes that euthanasia should be illegal, but has set up pain management programs. There are two main documents in New York that help the dying patient gain a sense of control ever the end of their life these are the do not resuscitate (DNR) and the health care proxy. The do not resuscitate or DNR form states simply that when respirations and

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