Euthanasia is often called a merciful killing. It is intentionally making someone die, rather than allowing that person to die naturally. It is sometimes the act of ending someone's life, who is terminally ill, or is suffering in severe pain. Euthanasia is mostly illegal in the world today. Euthanasia has a positive and also a negative side. Euthanasia is contradictory to human rights; however, it is actually the ultimate human right. In a democratic society, the prevalent one today, everyone has the right to pursue happiness. Euthanasia must be allowed because of dignity, or self-respect. Usually, patients with a terminal disease see everything they cherished fall apart. For example, a cancer patient who is in the last stage would feel pain so great that, when he dies, he would remember the world not full of love, but full of pain. The family would feel the same, seeing a loved one depart suffering. Thus, to remember one's life as dignifying, one must have the right for euthanasia. The negative side of euthanasia is that it goes against ethics, because we do not let nature take its course. We are disturbing what is occurring or happening naturally to the person. Every person has a natural inclination to continue living. If euthanasia were to become legal, anyone would have an involvement in making a decision to end a person's existence. If a person's life is considered less valuable than another's life, then euthanasia may rage out of control. People simply considered unworthy or invaluable of living would be extinguished, and that may lead to genocide. The United States was founded because people wanted to be free. Americans have fought for freedom ever since. If euthanasia is made illegal it will take away one of the founding freedoms, the freedom of choice, the freedom for a person to choose a death with dignity and free of pain and suffering for themselves and their families.