Topics: Euthanasia, Death, Suicide Pages: 3 (1160 words) Published: March 7, 2006
Imagine a world marked by constant pain. In this world you are comforted only by the few minutes of sleep you get in-between the waves of pain caused by your cancer. This world expands only to the edges of your bed. You can't eat, bathe, move, or take care of yourself. You are completely dependent on the nurse that walks in once every hour to check if you are still breathing. To some this is only a horrible nightmare; to others this is a reason for euthanasia. Euthanasia has been a growing topic of controversy. It has been marked by countless debates of its morality, legality and whether it is a human right or not. In examining the leading issues behind euthanasia all three of these topics are of utmost importance. Where they come together is in the question of whether euthanasia is a fight for a person's right to die or a fight for a person's right to kill. Euthanasia should be permitted only to a certain extent. If a person were terminally ill euthanasia would be allowed as long as there is clear consent from the victims themselves. The first bill for euthanasia was drafted in Ohio 1906. There were many more attempts to pass bills for "a right to die" but they were unsuccessful. One bill for euthanasia was close to being passed in Florida 1967. This bill aroused extensive debate but was unsuccessful. In 1986 Americans Against Human Suffering was founded. It launched a campaign that became the California Death with Dignity Act in 1992. Other Countries are also trying to pass laws for euthanasia. In Australia a Dr. Philip Nitschke invents a killing machine for a do-it yourself suicide. The machine involves a simple chemical reaction as formic acid is dripped into a solution of sulphuric acid giving off the lethal carbon monoxide gas, which is delivered through nasal prongs. Your first breath of the gas will be your last breathe of life with the sudden death effect the gas will have on you. Australia is now the only nation in the...

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