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Euthanasia in Terminally Ill Patients
An argument in support of legalized euthanasia in terminally ill patients.
# 153072 | 1,087 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Ethics (General)

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The paper discusses the definition and classification of involuntary euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia and active and passive euthanasia, and looks at the position of those both for and against euthanasia. The paper then argues that the compassionate and civilized option to suicide is euthanasia and it is an extremely good option for senior citizens since they frequently suffer a lot before they can finally die. Furthermore, the paper reveals that most Americans want doctors to assist terminally ill patients in ending their suffering through euthanasia and so it is better to permit doctors to assist patients legally instead of killing them behind closed doors. The paper contends that legal safeguards can prevent euthanasia from harming society and concludes that is it not cruel to forc som on to suff r rath r than h lping him nd his mis ry?

From the Paper:

"There is a dispute inside the medical and bioethics text concerning whether the non-voluntary ending lives of patients can be considered as euthanasia, regardless of the patients intentions or medical health conditions. According to Beauchamp & Davidson the patient's consent regarding euthanasia is not taken as one of the criterion for ending a patient's life if he is suffering from terminal illness. Nevertheless, patient's consent is taken as an essential part of euthanasia by other sources. For instance, in a conversation by the European Association of Palliative Care (EPAC) regarding euthanasia the following statement was presented by the authorities on the subject: "Medicalized killing of a person without the person's consent, whether non- voluntary (where the person in unable to consent) or involuntary (against the person's will) is not euthanasia: it is murder. Hence, euthanasia can be voluntary only.
"Euthanasia carried out under patient's consent is regarded as voluntary euthanasia. Th countri s that hav l galiz d voluntary uthanasia ar B lgium, Lux mbourg, N th rlands and Switz rland. Th only two stat s in th US that hav l galiz d voluntary uthanasia ar Or gon and Washington. The term assisted suicide is often linked to voluntary euthanasia especially when the patient aids in ending his own life with the help of the physician."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harris, NM. (Oct 2001). "The euthanasia debate.". J R Army Med Corps 147 (3)
  • LaFollette, Hugh (2002). Ethics in practice: an anthology. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 25-26
  • Rachels J (January 1975). "Active and passive euthanasia". N. Engl. J. Med. 292 (2)

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