Modern medical technology has made it possible to extend the lives of many far beyond when they would have died in the past. Death, in modern times, often ensures a long and painful fall where one loses control both physically and emotionally. Some individuals embrace the time that modern technology buys them; while others find the loss of control overwhelming and frightening. They want their loved ones to remember them as they were not as they have become. Some even elect death to avoid burdens of lingering on. They also seek assistance in doing so from medicine. The main issues of euthanasia are maintaining the status of illegality, legalizing the procedure, and regulating the procedure. The controversy of euthanasia involves moral, ethical, and legal concerns. The demands for assisted suicide and euthanasia are increasing and are causing upheaval throughout America.
The Right To Die (Euthanasia).
Euthanasia nowadays, constitutes a moral issue that from time to time comes into view mainly from its supporters who, contrarily to more traditional opinions, believe that man is the master of his life and that nobody else can force him to stay alive, especially when his life has become unbearable from illness and pain. This dilemma does not have an easy solution. It is often seen that the ending of the life should not be looked at as just a demonstration of a "humanistic" attitude that lacks spiritual consideration for man, but as a natural situation that should be respected and not abused.
The word euthanasia comes from the Greek words eu ("well") and thanatos ("death"). It means a painless and gentle death. But in modern usage, it has come to imply that someone's life is ended for compassionate reasons by some passive or active steps taken by another person. Today euthanasia is referred to, as a passive or active act that is differentiated on the basis of the behavior and the intent of the person who helps another person die.