An Argument in Favor of Euthanasia

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An Argument in Favor of Euthanasia
The term euthanasia literally means ‘painless death’. It is used in our contemporary moment to describe a situation where a person chooses to kill themselves or be painlessly killed in order to put an end to their life. The reasons vary, but usually include things like a terminal illness, or living with in escapable degree of pain. Whatever the reasons may be, some people reach a conclusion that they want to die. While killing oneself may be suicide, being aided in achieving a painless death by another is called euthanasia. Currently, euthanasia is illegal in the United States, but a large debate surrounds the issue. Euthanasia should be legalized because failure to do so is a violation of a human being's...
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.....simply a more active role, but essentially the same thing.
The United States should follow in the footsteps of other countries and allow for the legal implementation of euthanasia. Doctors like Jack Kevorkian should not be ostracized from the medical community for engaging in such a practice. Refusing euthanasia is a violation of personal freedoms, which lies at the core of American values. This is why euthanasia should be legalized.
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