Euthanasia: Conflict Between Life and Death
Euthanasia is “letting a person die without pain for reasons assumed to be merciful?”. It is medical killing. It is a process of taking a life of incurable or hopelessly ill person with his or her free consent in order to end his or her suffering. ‘Euthanasia’ is a Greek word which means ‘good death’. Sometimes, euthanasia is also defined as killing a person rather than ending the life of a person who is suffering from some terminal illness, also called as ‘mercy killing’ or killing in the name of compassion. People do not always die well. Some agony cause people to experience physical pain in their last days, and the ‘mercy killing’ may seem like a compassionate way of ending this suffering. Euthanasia can be performed by removal of life support equipment, lethal injection, refusal of food and fluids, gas, removal of essential medicines. There are four kinds of euthanasia: Voluntary and direct, Voluntary but indirect, direct but involuntary, and indirect and involuntary. Voluntary and direct euthanasia is selected and accomplished by patient, Voluntary but indirect euthanasia is selected in advance, direct but involuntary euthanasia is done to a patient without his consent, indirect and involuntary euthanasia is done at hospital’s decision.
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