Euthanasia

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 14
  • Published : December 16, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Euthanasia

There has been a lot of disagreement in the world about euthanasia, whether it is permissible or not, and the definition itself for a lot of people classify it in many different ways. Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering. Euthanasia is categorized in many different ways, which include voluntary, non-voluntary, involuntary and active or passive. Voluntary euthanasia is conducted with the consent of the patient. Voluntary euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The term assisted suicide is often used when the patient brings about his/her death with the assistance of a physician. Non-voluntary euthanasia is conducted where the consent of the patient is unavailable. Examples include child euthanasia, which is illegal worldwide but is decriminalized under specific circumstances in the Netherlands. Involuntary euthanasia is conducted against the will of the patient. Mercy Killing is also used in the topic of euthanasia. Mercy Killing is killing someone to put them out of their misery. Voluntary, non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia can all be further divided into passive or active. Passive euthanasia means the withholding of common treatments, such as antibiotics or vitamins, necessary for the continuance of life. Active euthanasia means the use of lethal substances, such as a lethal injection with a fatal dose drugs, or forces to kill. In some situations, people might think it is OK to go with euthanasia, for they are suffering with an illness or pain. They could ask to be killed, which is called a Physician-Assisted suicide. The physician provides materials useful in suicide to a patient who requests them. The physician might for example drag in a cylinder of gas, and hook up the mask, but the patient would have to turn on the gas himself. Another type of this situation would be a...
tracking img