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Madelyn Enderle Professor Scoll Writing 2010 14 November, 2017 The Ethics of Euthanasia When is it okay to kill yourself? The one legal way to terminate life in seven countries, and is called euthanasia. Euthanasia, also known as Physician assisted suicide, is the means of ending life due to medical or psychological reasons. The stigma surrounding euthanasia is that it is immoral and terrible, but upon researching, euthanasia isn't as ethically wrong as it superficially seems. It in fact, is the most merciful and best option for a terminally ill person. The word euthanasia is Greek for well-death. It means an “act of seeking to provide a good death for a person who otherwise might be faced with a much more unpleasant death-hence the term “mercy killing”” (). To understand the ethics surrounding euthanasia, one must also know the various types of euthanasia. There are four types of euthanasia that are practiced today: voluntary, non voluntary, active, and passive. The difference between voluntary and non voluntary is that in a voluntary euthanasia situation, the patient makes their own choice to terminate their life, thus avoiding future suffering. Non voluntary euthanasia involves another person making the decision for someone else who is incapable of making their own decision. Non voluntary cases often include disabled infants and patients in comas. Active euthanasia is
the use of drugs or injections to physically end someone's life, while passive euthanasia is the removal of treatment, thus allowing the patient to die of natural causes. Euthanasia, being clearly a very serious, literal, life-or-death matter is not easily accessible for numerous reasons. Being legal in only 7 countries, and a 6 U.S. states, it is not something typically taken lightly or granted often. In Belgium, to make a request of euthanasia,

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