Euthanasi Dying With Dignity Essay

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Euthanasia: Dying with Dignity
Melissa Goodman, Diana Hutchings & Natasha Layden
College of the North Atlantic

“If I cannot give consent to my own death, who’s body is this? Who owns my life (News, 2014)?” Powerful words from Sue Rodriquez the individual who brought to light the topic of euthanasia in Canada during the early 1990’s (News, 2014). Even years after Sue’s attempts at legalizing euthanasia, it still remains a conflicting debate in Canada today. Euthanasia is defined as “an act that brings about the immediate death of a terminally ill patient (Keatings & Smith, 2010).” There are three forms of euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia, non-voluntary euthanasia, and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is defined as euthanasia performed with the patients consent (Butler, Tiedemann, Nicol & Valiquet, 2013). Non-voluntary euthanasia discusses a patient who is unable to provide informed consent (Butler et al., 2013). Involuntary euthanasia is an act that is performed on a patient without their consent (Butler et al., 2013). This paper will focus on the debate surrounding voluntary euthanasia, and its use on competent patients. Pain and suffering can be witnessed all over the world. Chronic and life threatening illnesses may result in an individual suffering intolerable pain, or destroying their comfort and dignity. There may be times when modern medicine cannot relieve the pain of a suffering patient. It is these cases that support euthanasia. A dying…

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