Euthanasia

Euthanasia - Littrell Inviting the Reaper Death is an...

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Littrell Inviting the Reaper Death is an inevitable part of life. It is something all people are forced to deal with. How each person handles death depends on his or her beliefs. When one discusses death, it is nearly impossible not to discuss euthanasia. Those for euthanasia and those opposed both bring up very valid arguments. Deciding which side is right and which side is wrong is a matter of opinion. There are many aspects of euthanasia one must look at when deciding one’s own stand on the matter. To better understand euthanasia, one must first understand what it is. Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or blunder of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. There are many forms of euthanasia, which are voluntary euthanasia, non-voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia, active euthanasia, passive euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed has requested to be killed. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. Involuntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. Active euthanasia is intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection. Passive euthanasia is intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary care or food and water. Assisted suicide is when someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill him or herself, it is called physician-assisted suicide (Euthanasia Definitions). While euthanasia itself is an extremely complex topic, each side brings up very valid points. Those against euthanasia state euthanasia will not only be for people who are 1
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Littrell “terminally ill.” There are many definitions for the word “terminal.” Who is to say what terminal is when the definition is different for everyone? Some laws define "terminal" condition as one from which death will occur in a "relatively short time." Others state that "terminal" means that death is expected within six months or less (Bellieni). The next argument against euthanasia says euthanasia can become a means of
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