Euthanasia essay

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1. Definition.
2. Controversy.
3. Right to die.
4. Right to live.
5. Conclusions.

1. Definition.
Euthanasia is a painless intentional death (or killing) by act of omission of dependent human being for his/her alleged benefit, especially to end a painful and incurable disease.
There are many types of euthanasia:
* Voluntary euthanasia: When theperson who´s killed is requested to be killed.
* Non-voluntary: When the person who´s killed didn´t made any request and neither gave consent.
* Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who´s killed expressed a contrary wish.
* Assisted suicide: When someone provides guidance and information to take his/her own life with the intention that they will be used to this purpose. It is alsocalled “physician assisted suicide” when is a doctor who helps another person to suicide.
* Euthanasia by action: Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection.
* Euthanasia by omission or passive euthanasia: Withdrawing some type of support and letting nature take its course, examples of this are, removing life support systems, stoppingmedical procedures, stopping food and water, not delivering CPR and letting the patient’s heart stop.

2. Controversy.
“Euthanasia, of course, is the next round of that discussion, ... It's a lot more difficult because with euthanasia, the life wants to be taken. So you can't say, 'Poor fetus, nobody asked the fetus.' It's, 'Poor old guy, somebody asked him and he said, please do it.” NigelCameron.

This intentional termination of life by another is at the request of the person who dies, but like so many other religious, social and political terms, euthanasia has many meanings.
For example. In some religions, as catholic, it is consider a sin, because it´s consider killing, murdering, the unforgettable sin.
Some people believe that the doctors consider themselves Gods, and theydidn´t approve the idea of taking a life of someone else, even with their consent.
But, by the other hand, some other people believe this is a way to stop the unnecessary pain and give her/him a rest.
I think that this issue is not only controversial for religious or political , its issue of all of us, and everyone holds their own ideas, not being able to accept other opinions. Maybe this fightis not for the euthanasia itself, it is for the foolishness of people.

3. Right to die.
 “Death is not the greatest of evils. It is worse to want to die, and not be able to” Sophocles.
“When life is death, death is life, and my life is my own property”. Anonymous.
One of the reasons helping the euthanasia is that it provides a way to relieve extreme pain.
When a person is dying,facing his last hours, just suffering, it would be consider cruel not doing anything and just wait for his death. Taking the pain away in these circumstances is, in my opinion, the best choice. Most people wish for a peaceful death, free of suffering.
Here comes probably the most important reason: freedom of choice. Everyone is owner of their own life, including death. It is unfair that doctors andfamiliars decide for you. It´s just not right.
Actually, the Living Will is a document which confirms the consent of the person about “killing him” or not. It is a legal document stating the wish of the person of his death. That person must be entered about his options, and decide voluntary by himself.
There are situations in which physical and moral pain become degrading. Some people thinkthey must die with dignity so they could rest in peace. This is important for many beliefs and it is issue of everyone.

4. Right to live.
"A man, even if seriously sick or prevented in the exercise of its higher functions, is and will be always a man ... [he] will never become a 'vegetable' or an 'animal,'" the Pope said. "The intrinsic value and personal dignity of every human being does...
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