Why we should legalize euthanasia

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A few years from now most of us will probably be starting a family of our own. Imagine one of your children is diagnosed with an inoperable bone cancer. Although your child suffers through countless chemo treatments, the doctors tell you there is nothing they can do. As your child lies in the hospital bed you can see them suffering deeply and there is nothing you can do. If you had the option, would you want to end their suffering? Knowing their only comfort in this life is death, would you give them a lethal injection that would end their torment, and let them die peacefully? Or would you just sit back and let them spend their last days in unbearable pain. Today, I will encourage you to consider the option of euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide. I will illustrate the necessity of changing the policy and legalizing euthanasia.

I will go over the current policy, the problems, and propose a solution.

First of all, one must have an understanding of the term euthanasia. The exact definition, as stated by the Suicide Act of 1961 and one commonly used in court cases is; 1- The accused intended to assist a person to commit suicide, 2- While the accused had that intention, he or she provided the assistance to the person contemplating suicide, 3- The person committing suicide was thereby in fact assisted or encouraged the attempt to take his or her own life (otherwise the alleged offender cannot be guilty of more than an attempt). There are two types of euthanasia; passive and active. According to Richard Currents World Book Encyclopedia, Passive euthanasia is defined as "hastening the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course." An example of passive...