Essay about Euthanasia

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Introduction Euthanasia continues to be a subject of ethical debate. It is defined as the administration of lethal drugs by someone other than the person concerned with the explicit intention of ending a patient’s life, at the latter’s explicit request (Quaghebeur, de Casterle, & Gastmans, 2009).
An unprecedented number of people in the United States today live well into their late adult years. Improved medical and public health practices, increasing life expectancies, and the “graying” of the baby boom generation have all contributed to this phenomenon (Moulton, Hill, & Burdette, 2006). Euthanasia has been and always will be a topic of debate in the United States because Americans are living longer. Oregon, Washington, and Montana
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Research Question and Thesis The purpose of this research is to examine euthanasia. The physician behind such a controversial topic and the variety of religious beliefs compared. In my opinion I believe someone’s life is in God’s hands. I’m not so sure how I would feel if I was approached by a loved one who was suffering with a terminal disease and I was asked to assist in ending their life.
Key Terms Euthanasia is the intentional administration of lethal drugs in order to terminate painlessly the life of a patient suffering from an incurable condition deemed unbearable. Voluntary euthanasia is the intentional administration of lethal drugs in order to terminate painlessly the life of a patient suffering from an incurable condition deemed unbearable by the patient, at the patient’s request. Non-voluntary euthanasia is the intentional administration of lethal drugs in order to terminate painlessly the life of a patient suffering from an incurable condition deemed unbearable, not at this patient’s request. Physician assisted suicide is a physician intentionally assisting a patient, at this patient’s request, to terminate his or her life.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dr. Jack Kevorkian is an Armenian-American pathologist who served in the Army in the Korean War. He was also known as Doctor Death. Dr. Kevorkian once stated “My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It’s got to be decriminalized.” Dr.

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