Death with Dignity Essay

926 WordsApr 19, 20154 Pages
It’s my life Euthanasia is defined as an intentional termination of life by another at the request of the person who wishes to die. There are two forms of euthanasia. One is passive and the other is active. Passive euthanasia is hastening death by removing forms of support. Examples of this include taking the patient off a respirator, stopping medications and discontinuing food and water. By altering support these patients will die as nature takes its course. Most who choose this passive way of terminating their life are put on morphine to decrease the pain. This form is acceptable in certain places in the United States and is utilized by medical professionals. The second form of euthanasia is active. This means that a person suffering from an incurable illness asks someone to kill them. It is considered manslaughter and punishable by law. Death with dignity is physician assisted suicide and is considered a voluntary passive form of euthanasia. This is a very controversial subject in society and the medical field. It is when the physician provides a prescription of a lethal dose of a controlled substance or a supply of carbon monoxide to the patient. The patient then makes the choice whether to utilize this prescription to end his or her own life. Euthanasia should be an option for people with terminal illness and know that they are not going to live a healthy life. A terminal illness includes a great amount of suffering and pain that is unnecessary to some. This choice should be made by the patient with the help of their physician, family and friends. When a person is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the quality of their life decreases and if they are told by a physician that they will not live a long time the death with dignity choice can be helpful. It can eliminate suffering for both the patient and for the family. The patient is not the only one affected

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