What Is Euthanasia?

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Euthanasia is derived from the Greek words Euthan (good) and thanatos (death). It refers to the voluntary termination of the life of a person or animal in a painless manner.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is the name that is cited the most when euthanasia is discussed. He claims to have assisted more than 125 terminally ill patients to die peacefully. Pro-choice activists have always argued that when a person is terminally ill and is in a lot of pain he should be allowed the liberty to choose between life and death. Dr. Kevorkian and his ilk offer a painless death, usually via a drug overdose or withdrawal of life support. There have been documented cases of doctors writing 'do not resuscitate' in their notes in cases concerning terminally ill patients. It is unclear if this can be considered euthanasia.

Euthanasia can be also be non-voluntary when the patient lacks decision-making capacity and their proxies are not informed that the patient is going to be euthanized.
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Nathan Corrie answered
Essentially it is mercy killing. When a person (or an animal for that matter) is so ill that their life has no quality, and there is no real hope that they will get better, some people believe that is kinder to help that being to die peacefully rather than continue suffering.

It is done routinely for pets when their condition cannot be treated, but the case for the same thing being available for humans is still a passionately debated issue.
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Euthanasia Is the act of shortening the time span of an ill dying person through medications through an agreed consent either by the patient or their relatives. Mostly perceived as an ethical but at some point, it weighs some cons especially to those patients in agony and the doctor sees no probability of survival.

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