Euthanasia is refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Euthanasia is illegal in all states of the United States. Physician aid-in-dying (PAD), or assisted suicide, is legal in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Montana. The key difference between euthanasia and PAD is who administers the lethal dose of medication. Jack Kevorkian, American physician who gained international attention through his assistance in the suicides of more than 100 terminally ill patients. He carried out many experiments on people in jail on death row. He’d give them lethal injections, which earned him the name “Death Doctor”. He was later arrested multiple times for being in the “presence” at the time of many people’s deaths. When I was first told about this project I wasn’t sure how I felt about it and I wasn’t really sure what euthanasia was. After researching it I was still a little on the fence and talked to my mother about it and what her opinion was. One thing she brought up that had an effect on my decision was with the treatment of animals. Euthanasia is basically the same thing as when they put animals to sleep. Years ago we put two of our dogs down because they were ill and suffering. We were unable to bear watching them suffer everyday so that’s when we decided to put them down. How come that is legal but it’s not legal for humans? I would not be able to sit back and watch someone I truly cared about suffer in excruciating pain everyday and have to live like that. They should be able to have a will and a living will stated what they would want to do if their life every got to that state. As for me If I was in that position and had an incurable disease and was in miserable pain or in a vegetable state I would not want to continue to live and I wouldn’t want my children or family to see me in that state.
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