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Historical reaction Euthanasia

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Problems with euthanasia

           Like we already know, euthanasia brings up numerous debates around the world. Depending where you are in the world, the politics, morals and religions define what is euthanasia.

            For example, in the Netherlands, they refer to euthanasia as “letting die” or “allowing dying”.  This is because they believe that it is legally and ethically acceptable and permissible.  The United States are beginning to think in the same was as the Netherlands

            In other countries, like Canada, euthanasia is not legal and it has caused much debates in the courts.  Such as the Rodriguez case, where a woman in British Columbia wanted the right to let someone kill her once she will not be able to do it herself, because she was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

            One of the major problems of euthanasia in Canada is that citizens do not seem to find and agreement as to when euthanasia may be acceptable.

            Parliament needs to know where they would draw the line in an issue such as euthanasia, because everyone that is charge with murder would say they performed the act because they though the victim was suffering or that the victim asked them to kill them.   A good example of this is the Latimer case, where the father killed his daughter who was mentally disabled.  He believed that his daughter was suffering from a hip joint problem.  Another example of this is what the Germany government did during the World War II, where the Nazi used the T-4 Euthanasia Program to systematically kill disabled adults and children.  Over 200,000 people died under this program during the World War II.