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Euthanasia is ending a very sick individual’s life in order to relieve them from their pain and their suffering. A person who undergoes euthanasia usually has an incurable condition also known as a terminal illness. However there are other cases where some people want their life to be ended. In many cases, it is carried out at the individual's request but there are times when they may be too ill and the decision is made by relatives, doctors or, in some cases, the courts. As said on the bbc website “the term Euthanasia is derived from the Greek word ‘euthanatos’ which means easy death.” Euthanasia is against the law in the UK where it is illegal to help anyone kill themselves. Voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide can lead to imprisonment of up to 14 years. Terminally ill people can have their quality of life severely damaged by physical conditions such as queasiness and sickness, breathlessness, paralysis and difficulty in swallowing. Mental or emotional aspects that cause people to think of euthanasia include depression, fearing loss of control or dignity, feeling a burden, or dislike of being dependent. Some individuals may say that people should respect other people’s wishes. If someone feels their life is not worth living anymore and has thought carefully about ending their life then I think we should respect their decision. People need to make decisions in their life according to their own ideas, beliefs and feelings about where they want their lives to go. People take responsibility for their own lives and since dying is a part of life, the choices people make about dying or ending their life should be part of these responsibilities. Most people are concerned at some time in their life about how their life will end. If someone plans the way they will die and they are comfortable with it then they should be allowed to do so if they wish. People may argue that Euthanasia is so that people should be able to end their lives surrounded by loved...
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