Should Euthanasia Be Allowed?

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Euthanasia allows a human being to die with dignity. Originating from the Greek terms "eu" (happy or good) and "thantos" (death), euthanasia means literally "happy death" or "good death". It is commonly defined as the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy (LeBaron). Assisted suicide is a form of euthanasia, when a person helps commit suicide or provides information of how to do so to another person. A person taking another person's life without his or her request in order for that person not to have ample suffering is a mercy killing. Both are methods of euthanasia. We all have the right to die if it ends a person's suffering or if a person…show more content…
Sixty-one percent thought physician-assisted suicide should be legalized and nearly 80 percent preferred not to be resuscitated if they had no chance of having a good quality of life. A nationwide Gallup poll conducted in April 1996 found that 75 percent of adults favor allowing doctors to end the lives of the terminally ill if the patient requests it, compared with 65 percent in 1990 and 53 percent in 1973. In June 1996, Remedy Magazine surveyed 31,541 individuals 55 years of age and over. The results showed that 65 percent agree that the terminally ill should have a legal right to commit suicide with a doctor's assistance and 64 percent favor enacting legislation to give people this right. Here is an interesting fact from that same survey, 50 percent of the Catholics surveyed supported legalizing it compared with 64 percent of the general sample (Hemlock). The difference between murder and euthanasia is that murder is unlawfully slaying a person who wishes to live. Euthanasia is help with a good death, a person who wanted to die. When a person murders another person, it is killing a person against their wish to live. A person who wishes to die and is helped, is not murder by any means. People should have the right to choose whether they would like to die, when the time comes to decide. If a person does not believe in euthanasia, then he or she does not have

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