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To begin with, Webster dictionary defines Euthanasia as the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy. The word Euthanasia was established from the ancient Greek. Eu means good and thanatos meaning death. Euthanasia and assisted suicide carry a long history. The history of the practice dates back to 400 B.C. It began in 400 B.C with the Hippocratic Oath and is still in existence as of today and recently in the year 2008 when the U.S. state of Washington legalized assisted suicide. Over the past two decades euthanasia has became a more frequent debate. In the late 1990s the topic was brought to the focus of public view with the trial of Doctor Jack Kevorkian. Dr. Kevorkian was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. Dr. Kevorkian was found guilty for the murder of Thomas Youk after giving him a lethal injection. As of today the Suicide Act states under section 2, that assisting suicide is considered a criminal offense when it can be proved that someone committed or made a attempt to commit suicide and there was a second party that assisted them to commit suicide. There are now quite a few foreign countries that are allowing euthanasia to be performed on patients. The Netherlands and Belgium are two countries that are allowing the practice of euthanasia. The practice of Euthanasia was legalized in Belgium in 2002 and in the Netherlands in 2000. The several countries that allow euthanasia, allow the practice to be done on patients in certain conditions, such as chronic pain associated with an incurable illness, are met.


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