Euthanasia: Only For The Terminally Ill

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Jean is 93 and battling cancer. She decided not to finish her treatment. She could of died on her own but the doctors did not assist her death. She was left practically waiting months on months slowing dying in her own body. She was tired of being alive, she saved up 50 sleeping pills. Fear took over Jean and decided not to take them. Even though she decided not to take them she still didn't want to be alive. Few weeks pass, Jean is laying in her bed hooked up to an oxygen tank.She was in so much pain. Trying to ease the pain, the nurse came in and gave her some morphine. The next day she died. Sadly she has to suffer in pain for months. Many doctors think death is a curable problem. Treatment can be very expensive to afford, patients shouldn’t have to suffer, and its the patients personal decision (Fridstein).
Passive euthanasia, self deliverance, assisted suicide, and active euthanasia are all the types of euthanasia. They all are very different on how they end suffering. Active euthanasia is illegal but the rest of them are. While deciding if euthanasia is the right option or not you should ask yourself questions:
“1. In terms of personal philosophy and ethics, is this the right thing to do? Are you comfortable with it in your conscience?
2. Is your relationship with the person who is asking for help one of love, loyalty and respect?...
3. ...Are you prepared to take the consequences, whatever they may be?
4. Who else knows or might get to know about this intended action…?” (Humphrey 18).
Passive euthanasia or “pulling the plug,” when you unplug the individual from any device helping them live. If the patient is on a breathing tube, you could disconnect the respirator to stop the flow of oxygen to the lungs. Disconnecting the feeding tube to quit getting food. “...sophisticated use of certain drugs to stave off death” (Humphrey 2). This route of euthanasia should not lead to legal problems. “...you have to sign a Living Will and also a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care…”
(Humphrey 2).
Self Deliverance is when the patient takes their own life. The person takes their own life to end the suffering so they don't need to be in pain anymore. This way is a one person “job”. The other options involve another person. For the patients best interest family should be there for them. This form of euthanasia is legal and no papers needed to sign. Also it is accepted ethically (Humphrey 2).
Assisted suicide is when you take lethal drugs from a doctor or physician. The pills that you swallow lead to your death. It is legal form. But if someone offers you a pill to help you to end your life that is against the law and that person can go to jail. The more people hear about this form of euthanasia it is becoming more accepted. “In 1996 two U.S. appeals courts ruled in favor of physician-assisted suicide, making it likely that this is the modified form of assisted death which will be adopted. But the U.S. Supreme Court quickly squashed that and...

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