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Euthanasia Austin Burt English Comp One of the biggest controversies of this decade is euthanasia; this is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of the elderly and disabled all throughout the United States . Before we, as a country, make up our minds, it is completely necessary to understand what it means and how it can benefit our culture . Euthanasia is defined as the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit, or someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life . We, as a country, cannot really look ahead to the future unless we look at the past and try to grasp how euthanasia began and why . Euthanasia can be traced back as far as the ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations . It was sometimes allowed in these civilizations to help others who were unable to care for themselves and wanted to die by voluntary euthanasia; as time passed, religion increased, and life would become more sacred in the eyes of people . Euthanasia in any form was quickly considered to be morally wrong . It was almost forgotten in all civilized cultures until the original euthanasia program was created by Nazi regime to "purify" the German race . The first gas chamber was designed by professors of psychiatry from twelve major German universities . They selected the patients and watched them die. Then they
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slowly reduced the price of humanity until the mental hospitals were almost empty . They were joined by some pediatricians, who began emptying the institutions of handicapped children in 1939 . By 1945, almost 300,000 "pure blood Aryan" Germans had been killed. By then these doctors were killing bed wetter’s, children with misshapen ears, and those with learning disabilities . These events are what caused citizens of this country to become extremely fearful of euthanasia . If it could happen to a civilized country in the 1930s, what is preventing it from happening in the United States today? If euthanasia were to become legalized, it would simply relieve the suffering of those with incurable diseases by administering lethal doses of a drug . Rather than a person suffering for years, only to die slowly and agonizing death . With euthanasia the
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course ETHICS 101 taught by Professor Camp during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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