Essay by cowboyjbCollege, UndergraduateA+, October 2005

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Should a patient who has lost all powers of reasoning and who lives like a vegetable, totally hopeless and helpless, a terminal case that only wants to die, be forced to live? The number of people who are asking this question increases each day. Although the official position of the medical profession is to maintain life indefinitely, regardless of the condition of the patient, but with certain cases, euthanasia should be administered.

We are living in an age of medical miracles. Medicine has made so much dramatic progress that lifesaving techniques were thought to be impossible, a generation ago. Ill patients throughout the world are kept alive by the use of defibrillators, respirators, pacemakers and other similar equipment. A study done by the American Encephalographic Society has concluded that when an EEG reading is what is known as "flat line," the person is officially dead. What this actually means is that although there may not be any brain activity, other vital organs can work by means of certain equipment.

Now heart- lung machines can augment the duration of life.

Well some say that life is precious: How is Life Precious, When it Cannot be Lived to the Fullest?

I believe that Euthanasia should be legalized because of that option of dying. People say that their should be a option to live, but I think that there should also be a option to die. Many also think that they should stay alive because they don't want death for their own reason. Why not put them out of their misery, if the pain that one goes through is excruciating

why not let them die.

Many states have laws that explain the condition of when a

person is deceased. States believe that they should authorize the death of

an individual when it is...