Euthanasia a view of both sides.

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Euthanasia is the merciful permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals in a relatively painless way, for reasons of mercy. The term comes from the Greek word meaning "good death."

There are many different types of pain an ill patient can experience. It is frightening to think that numbers of terminally ill patients may suffer excruciating pain because of fundamentally strict federal and state laws that prohibit citizens from choosing assisted death. People, in my opinion, have the right to commit suicide and the right to refuse undesired medical treatment. The terminally ill are overwhelmingly in favor of this choice. Once they have reached the terminal stage, they have little control over what happens to them. They should have the choice to die early if the pain is too much for them to handle. Knowing that option is there would give them courage to handle the daily troubles.

Physician assisted suicide is a practice that should be supported because it can be controlled through practical laws, it eases a patients painful suffering, and by showing how special life is it will alleviate agony.

Many debates have arisen in the United States among physicians, religious leaders, lawyers, and the general public over the question whether euthanasia should be legalized. Nowhere are the concepts of assisted suicide and the cruelty of making it illegal more distinct than when individuals are unable to take their own lives. in some cases, terminally ill patients do not have the use of their limbs or are unable to gather the proper drugs or equipment by which they might deliver euthanasia to themselves. Here, suicide is only available through assistance.

In Conolly's paper, "Euthanasia is not the answer," his unlikely point of view leads to believe that once euthanasia becomes legalized, we will be...