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Voluntary Euthanasia: What's Right And Wrong?

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Voluntary euthanasia can be defined as allowing a terminally ill patient an opportunity to end their lives early, peacefully and humanely. Dr. Jack Kevorkian and Sir Terry Pratchett are two men who faced and are facing time in jail due to being pro voluntary euthanasia. Diane Pretty and Vincent Humbert are two people who's lives have been affected negatively by being pro voluntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia should be made legal in all states because every person should have the right to die in dignity and peace when they choose to. However, others choose to argue voluntary euthanasia, should remain illegal because it goes against the Catholic and Christian religions. There is also belief, voluntary euthanasia defeats the goals of a doctor's job. Some are concerned about the patient's sanity at the time and argue the patient may not be fully competent and does not understand what choices they are making. Others stress, if voluntary euthanasia is legalized, involuntary euthanasia will soon to follow. Involuntary euthanasia ends a patients life without their consent. Despite the fear of involuntary euthanasia becoming legal and ethical beliefs, voluntary euthanasia should be made legal as long as the person has the voice left to choose to end their life. Voluntary euthanasia is currently legal in states such as Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Australia is fighting to have voluntary euthanasia legalized. If so many people are for voluntary euthanasia, why make a patient in pain suffer and live their life miserably? Why do we have the right to choose when their lives end? I do not want to die in a hospital bed in pain and depressed relying on other people for everything. Instead, I would like to die at peace with myself and in dignity. No one should have to suffer knowing they can not get better. These questions began the fight to legalize euthanasia in 1906. According to the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Whales, the first bill introduced and denied for legalizing the right to die movement was at the Ohio State Legislature in 1906. Soon after, in 1938 Reverend Charles Francis Potter created the Euthanasia Society of America. Eventually in 1967, a new concept entitled, the "Living Will" came into focus. This gave the patient the right to choose if they wish to die when terminally ill. Now, legal wills are in 40 states and many countries (Voluntary Euthanasia Society of England and Wales).
As a result of the “Living Will”, The Voluntary Patient Self Determination Act was created in 1991. Chitty explains how the act gave patients the legal right...

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