Alterity in euthanasia

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Euthanasia is a touchy topic, especially for religious and ethical reasons. However, as we advance medically and as we discover more diseases that put a lot of people in pain, a new question arises: is euthanasia immoral?  

  Euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable painful disease or an irreversible coma. This, however, is illegal in many countries and outlawed in many religions. For example, Catholic teachings condemn euthanasia, saying that it is an “act against God.”

In some countries like belgium, netherlands, india, colombia and mexico, when a patient is suffering, he or she has access to euthanasia. This is only offered in incurable diseases or conditions such as cancer. The doctor can perform the mercy kill with the consent of the patient. In other words, the person is taken off of life support. In the US, states as wash,ore,nmex, verm and cali euth is also legal.

  Euthanasia is not immoral. Doctors are givers of life; however, they are also seen as alleviators of pain. When a person is in so much pain that they have to ask for someone to kill them, one must know that they are truly suffering. Therefore, the doctor must take part in his/her oath and relieve them of their burden. it would help doctors continue to make sure that people are not in pain.

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