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THESIS: A person suffering from a terminal disease or in a coma should have the legal option to die with dignity, avoiding a long and painful death.

I. Euthanasia has different types of implementation that will vary accordingly to particular cases.

A. Active euthanasia refers to the merciful act of death.

B. Passive euthanasia involves withholding the medication.

C. Voluntary euthanasia indicates that the patient is the one making the decision to end the medical treatment.

D. Involuntary euthanasia applies in cases when the patient has an impediment to make a decision.

II. Euthanasia is usually seen as the same as assisted suicide, but they are two separated terms.

A. Euthanasia is defined as the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering.

B. Assisted suicide is defined as suicide with help from another person (such as a doctor) to end suffering from severe physical illness.

III. Reasons why euthanasia should be legal.

A. It eases the patient of its pain, suffer, and depression. It is a personal decision to be alive or not.

B. Family and friends of the illed patient can be relieved of the emotional, psychological, and economical pressure.

IV. Moral and religious issues about euthanasia.

A. Euthanasia is often seen as murder, which implies a violation to the universal morality of life.

B. Religion advocates the power of life to God and euthanasia violates the sanctity of human life.

Every day, millions of people are being diagnosed with terminal illnesses or being seriously injured in accidents. Sometimes, those diseases and accidents end up in long and agonizingly painful deaths. Although medication could briefly ease the pain, the long-term agony that the patient has to deal with is ceaseless. Undoubtedly, the human life has an...