The thought of losing a loved one can be extremley devastating. Deciding whether or not to allow a loved one try to fight out the pain even longer, even if they do wish to die is even more devastating. Euthanasia has become a more popular topic all over the world. Albania, belgium, netherlands, oregon, switzerland and luxembourg are some locations that recently legalized the practice of eithanasia (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.html). What happens when a family member has been in the hospital for awhile fighting their illness but have shown no signs of improvement and they just want to be put out of their misery? Do you grant their wish and pull their feeding tube? Or do you let it go and continue to watch them suffer?
Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit (http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/index.html). Euthanasia is also frequently referred to as "mercy killing" (http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/index.html). This is used for patients who have had a terminal illness for a long period of time and show no signs of getting better. The patient experiences a sever amount of pain that is uncontolable. The process of euthanasia is a freedom of choice. There are two main types which are active euthanasia and passive euthanasia. Active is when a nurse or doctor provides a patient with with medicine that will kill them. Active euthanasia is basically "poisoning" the patient or in other words overdosing them with pain killers or sleeping pills (http://www.pregnantpause.org/euth/types.htm). Passive euthanasia is when the patient does not recieve the medication or treatment that they need to stay alive ( http://www.english-online.at/society/euthanasia/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.htm). When a patient has a heart attack the medical staff will make their best attempt to resuscitate that patient if the doctors do not do this action than this is an example of...
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