In November 1998, millions of American television viewers watched a retired doctor give an ailing man named Thomas Youk a lethal injection. Youk whose death was videotaped and shown on the CBS program “60 Minutes”, had been suffering from a terminal condition called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Geh-rig’s disease. Youk had asked the retired doctor Michigan pathologist Jack Kevorkian, to kill him (Euthanasia). Euthanasia is one of society’s most fiercely debated moral issues. Patients who are terminally ill are prolonged to a life of suffering with no escape, since euthanasia is illegal in all states. People who commit euthanasia can face murder charges (Euthanasia).No one should determine the quality of a person’s life, but the person themselves. Legalizing euthanasia will bring an end to patients suffering who have been terminally ill and in excruciating pain. Euthanasia is divided into many different categories; active and passive euthanasia, non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia. Active Euthanasia is defined as “actually taking proactive measures to help a person die (doctor assisted suicide). While passive euthanasia is ‘allowing to die’, and is used to describe a decision to withhold treatment. . . (Euthanasia terminology). Active euthanasia is most controversial and is better known because of Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s persistent efforts to publicize, and bring attention to the highly debated issue. Kevorkian has helped at least 50 people to die since 1990 (Assisted suicide). Passive euthanasia is not highly debated for the fact that it allows a person to die naturally. In passive euthanasia a person refuses to receive treatment with the knowledge that they will eventually die. Unlike other types of euthanasia, passive euthanasia is legal and is not considered a crime. There is no longer much debate over the right to passive euthanasia although some remain opposed to it (Doctor assisted suicide). Involuntary active...
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