Euthanasia Regarding Euthanasia

Topics: Euthanasia, Death / Pages: 17 (4249 words) / Published: May 21st, 2006
The topic of my research paper is euthanasia. I chose this topic because it is very controversial and I am intrigued by the dialog it can spark. Before this research paper I thought euthanasia was simply a doctor or nurse killing patients they thought didn't have any quality of life by giving them a lethal injection. I found from my research that it is a lot more complicated than that. There are people who actually want to be euthanized. There are also situations where removal of ventilation or feeding tubes will bring about death. There are many different situations and circumstances and even definitions of euthanasia. This paper will only scrape the surface of the mountains of debates, legal issues, moral issues and personal stances of this very sensitive topic. The first obstacle of this paper is to clearly define euthanasia. "Euthanasia defined is the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment." (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2000)
"The practice of painlessly ending the lives of people who have incurable painful or distressing diseases or handicaps. It may occur when incurably ill people ask their physician or friend or relative to put them to death or to allow them to die. It may also occur when ill people ask others to help them commit suicide. (The World Book Encyclopedia, 2004, pg.421) These are simple, or politically correct, definitions of euthanasia. The definitions get a little more complicated when they are defined by different organizations. Euthenasia.com had several break outs and definitions on their website. They started with the basic euthanasia definition – "the intentional killing by an act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. (The key word here is intentional. If death is not intended, it is not an act of euthanasia)."

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