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Euthanasia and end of life medical care. There are many questions that can be asked about this controversial topic. When a person chooses a stance on Euthanasia or assisted suicide as its sometimes called, one is either for or against. There isn't much middle ground to be had. I personally am for euthanasia or even terminal sedation because if my quality of life reaches the point that I am a burden to family and on myself and in constant irreversible pain I should be able to make my own choice if I am of sound mind. I do also believe there should be laws and provisions that must be satisfied before hand.

Society, politics and religion tell us that euthanasia takes the value away from human life, that it is immoral in religion and can lead to potential financial gains if left unchecked. Valid arguments exist for those for and against the subject but the right questions need to be asked.

Since we are born with the ability to make our own choices when is it acceptable to end ones own life? First and foremost the patient's personal feelings should be taken into consideration. Secondly, the family of the patient’s feelings and needs cannot be taken lightly. Is there considerable pain and suffering involved that cannot be repaired.

Medical professionals should take into consideration the patients wants and needs while looking at it as professional as well. Is the patient suffering from an incurable communicable illness? Are there any treatment options left to explore.
With medical advances and technology a patients suffering can be softened and their life extended by weeks, months and even years. If a patient is terminal the pain and suffering can be relieved to a tolerable level until nature takes its course.

When a person’s quality of life is beyond repair and they are determined to be of sound mind they should be able to make the decision to…...

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