The Debate On Euthanasia (Oral)

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Today, I will be discussing the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. The process otherwise referred to as Euthanasia. There are many forms that Euthanasia can take. Euthanasia can be voluntary, non-voluntary, involuntary, assisted suicide, by action or by omission. What all these types of Euthanasia have in common is that they are all relevant to today's modern society. Shortly I will be explaining what all these forms of Euthanasia mean and in what sort of real-life situations they may occur.

There are many different types of Euthanasia and they all are relevant to today's society. Voluntary Euthanasia is when a person who is killed has requested to be killed, non- voluntary is when the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent, Involuntary Euthanasia is when the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary, Assisted Suicide is when someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose.

But when it is a doctor who helps another person to kill him or herself, it is called "physician assisted suicide."

Now I will briefly explain what Euthanasia By Action and Euthanasia By Omission are and when they can apply. Euthanasia By Action is intentionally causing a person's death by performing as action such as by giving a lethal injection. Euthanasia By Omission on the other hand is intentionally causing a person's death by not providing necessary and ordinary care, or providing adequate food and water for the person.

Potentially, all of us may encounter Euthanasia in our lives with our loved ones. Because Euthanasia can affect anyone's life at anytime it should be a...