Euthanasia In Our Society Today

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Euthanasia In Our Society Today

Euthanasia is a controversial subject, not only because there are many different moral
dilemmas associated with it, but also in what constitutes its definition. At the extreme
ends of disagreement, advocates say euthanasia (which in Greek means "easy death") is a
good, or merciful, death. Opponents of euthanasia say it is a fancy word for murder.

Between the two extremes, there are various positions for and against euthanasia. One
position opposes cases of "active" euthanasia, where an active, or overt, effort is made
to bring about death, such as in administering a lethal injection, but accept "passive"
euthanasia, which is generally described as declining to initiate extraordinary or even
ordinary medical treatment, as moral.

Another position advocates that passive euthanasia is acceptable when the person to die
has consented. Other positions include situations where a terminally ill patient is unable
to consent as justifiable, because it resolves a hopeless situation. Conversely, even with
this gradation, some opponents to euthanasia believe that voluntary, passive euthanasia is
the same as suicide; involuntary euthanasia is considered to be murder.

Because euthanasia poses classic dilemmas as to its morality, it is not surprising that
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