Causes Of Euthanasia

What are the causes of euthanasia?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The causes of euthanasia: mercy, desire to end suffering, despair, etc.

Other terms for "euthanasia" are "assisted suicide" and "mercy killing." There are no real causes of euthanasia, but there are reasons why people might resort to it. Some people, like Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was imprisoned for assisting in suicides, believe that to prolong the suffering of a terminally ill person is immoral and the dying person should be the one to decide when it is time for his or her life to end. Other people, like Michael Schiavo, who won the right to remove the feeding tube that was the only thing keeping his severely brain-damaged wife Terry alive, believe that whether there is pain or not, when someone is in a vegetative state and is unaware of his or her surroundings, it is inhumane to keep that person living.

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atyourservice | Student

The cause of euthanasia is the desire to end suffering on a suffering person by ending his or her life.

angelalee3 | Student

The causes of euthanasia are a desire to end suffering and the viewpoint of having mercy on the suffering person by ending his or her life. Euthanasia is when a person is assisted in suicide because he or she can no longer stand the suffering that he or she is incurring. Proponents for euthanasia believe that it is a merciful and humane way to end life, instead of watching someone suffer. Opponents to euthanasia believe that people's lives should be respected to natural death and should not be taken prematurely.