One of the biggest controversies of this decade is euthanasia. Euthanasia is inducing the painless death of a person for reasons assumed to be merciful? There are four types ofeuthanasia
voluntary and direct, voluntary but indirect, direct but involuntary, & indirect and involuntary.
• Voluntary and direct euthanasia is chosen and carried out by the patient
•Voluntary but indirect euthanasia is chosen in advance
• Direct but involuntary euthanasia is done for the patient without his or her request.
• Indirect and involuntary euthanasia occurswhen a hospital decides that it is time to remove life support
Euthanasia can be traced as far back as to the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It was sometimes allowed in thesecivilizations to help others die. Voluntary euthanasia was approved in these ancient societies. As time passed, religion increased, and life was viewed to be sacred. Euthanasia in any form was seen as wrongIn this century there have been many groups formed that are for and against euthanasia. In 1935 the first group that was for the legalization of euthanasia was formed. It was called theVoluntary Euthanasia Society and was started by a group of doctors in London . The first society established in the United States came shortly after in 1938. It was called the Hemlock Society and it nowconsists of more than 67,000 members. The purpose of this society is to support your decision to die and to offer support when you are ready to die This society also believes that a person must havebelieved in euthanasia for a certain amount of time before you can make the request for death
Euthanasia has been a large issue in the courts during this century. The first doctor was charged forperforming euthanasia in1935. Harold Blazer was charged for the death of his daughter. His daughter was a victim of cerebral spinal meningitis. He killed her by placing a handkerchief soaked with...
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