Essay on The Legalization of Euthanasia

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Euthanasia legalization has been a controversial topic for years; studies have shown that arguments regarding the euthanasia debate are often depending on the process used to take the life of the patient. There are a lot of thoughts surrounding the issue of euthanasia and whether or not it should be legal. According to the Encyclopedia of American Law, euthanasia is categorized as a class of criminal homicide (, par. 3). However, not all homicides are considered illegal. In today’s society, killing is seen as excusable when used as a criminal penalty, but inexcusable when carried out for any other reason. In most places, non-voluntary euthanasia is considered illegal and involuntary euthanasia is considered a criminal homicide.…show more content…
Voluntary and direct euthanasia is when euthanasia is selected and carried out by the patient. Voluntary but indirect euthanasia is chosen ahead of time. Direct but involuntary euthanasia is done without the patient’s request. Indirect and involuntary euthanasia is when the hospital decides to remove a person from life support. The most known process of euthanasia is a doctor giving patients a powerful sedative which slowly numbs their body before injecting another drug to stop their heart.
There are five methods of euthanasia and each methods of euthanasia have different outcomes. The methods used when giving euthanasia are the withdrawn or withheld treatment, the injection treatment, the plastic bag treatment, the dehydration and suicide pill treatment. The withdrawn/withheld treatment is when food and water is being withheld from the patient. This method causes the patient to starve to death. It is also suggested to be the most painful method. The injection treatment is a coma induced treatment that usually causes the patients to die usually as a result of anorexia, which is caused by the muscle relaxant induced. The plastic bags method is known to the most distraught way to die. This method, referred to as “self-deliverance” is when doctors’ places a Carbon Monoxide Helium plastic bag over the patients head; this method causes
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