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Improvement in medical technology is helping people live longer

Improvement in medical technology is helping people live longer. Lifespan of people have extended due to modern medicine, healing patients with chronic retrogressive diseases , but not all the time. Euthanasia is one of the most controversial topics in the world pertaining to the act of mercy killing. Euthanasia is defined as the act or practice of killing terminally ill individuals in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy(Merriam-Webster). It basically gives people the right to die. The word was derived from the two Greek words – eu (well) and thanatos (death) – meaning a good death(DK). Other names given to it are mercy killing and assisted suicide. It is usually administered to patients suffering from excruciating pain but also pertain to reasons such as life changing physical injuries and psychological factors associated with terminal illnesses(AHRC). There are different types of euthanasia and they are: voluntary euthanasia, non-voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia and, passive and active euthanasia(DK). Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Colombia, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Australia and certain states in the United States of America. Proponents argue that those who suffer greatly would benefit from the legalization of euthanasia. The debate on the legalization of euthanasia has a wide range of participants including physicians, experts in ethics and health law, politicians and the general public (2 inside Strinic). This essay seeks to argue that the right to die should not be granted due to the following reasons.