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Euthanasia - Euthanasia A considerable portion of society supports euthanasia an instrument of preserving dignity in the terminally ill, bringing peace to the incurable, and closure to their families. Some Americans believe to maintain the democratic values upon which the Unites States stands in balance, they must possess the right to determine the applicable time to end a person’s life.(Chapman 209) The more widely help opinion comes in the form of opposition. The majority strikes out against euthanasia, targeting it as an instrument of the divine, a tool that humans, above democratic values and inalienable rights, dare not employ themselves lest they suffer the wrath of imposing on Almighty God....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 672 words
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Euthanasia - Euthanasia Should we allow Euthanasia in cases where people who are terminally ill request the right to die. People should have the right to control and chose whether they die or not. However I think they should be in a mentally fit state to do so. If they only have a couple of months to live and can feel the pain if they aren’t injected day after day, then I think they should be given the chance to make decisions for themselves. It is after all their life, it belongs to them and the only judge the only decision maker should be the person themselves....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 813 words
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Euthanasia - One of the most important public policy debates today surrounds the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. There are actually two types of Euthanasia, one being “voluntary", where the person dying has made a request for it. 2nd kind of euthanasia is “non-voluntary", where a person, who has not made her wishes on this matter be known, is put to death; such as people in a coma. The main question in voluntary Euthanasia is should a person wanting to kill themselves be allowed to get assistance from a doctor....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 958 words
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Euthanasia Essay: Eugenics To Euthanasia - Eugenics To Euthanasia      This essay presents the appeal which euthanasia has to modern society. What is this appeal based on. Is it a valid appeal. These and other questions are addressed in this paper.   See if this story sounds familiar: A happily married couple - she is a pianist; he a rising scientist - have their love suddenly tested by a decline in the wife's health. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she falls victim to a steady loss of muscle control and paralysis. The desperate husband uses all his professional skills to save her....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay]
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Exploration of Euthanasia - Exploration of Euthanasia Euthanasia is when an ill person or somebody with a major disability wants to end their own life to stop their pain or so their family and friends can be free of looking after them, it's not just when somebody is ill but it is also when they decide enough is enough. There are many types of euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia - when the ill person chooses to ask to die but is incapable of committing suicide without any help. This is often called 'assisted suicide' Involuntary euthanasia - when other people decide that it would be best if someone's life ends because he or she is not able to make such a decision....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 698 words
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Explaining Euthanasia - Explaining Euthanasia Euthanasia is defined as, the taking of a human life by another person to prevent further pain and suffering. There are two main types of Euthanasia, the first is voluntary euthanasia where a patient gives consent for him/her to be killed. It is also known as assisted suicide. The second type of Euthanasia is Involuntary Euthanasia this is to cause death to people who can't ask for help in dying or have no say in what happens. This applies to mainly babies and those in comas....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 649 words
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Euthanasia Opinion - Euthanasia Opinion Euthanasia is the intentional termination of life by another at the request of the person who dies. Although it is legal in Holland, it is illegal throughout the UK and is an extremely controversial topic often discussed in the media. When it is being debated it is essential to address all the issues and arguments for and against, religious and non-religious, as all the churches oppose it strongly. There are very many points against euthanasia. The first is that life is a gift from God and only he can take it away....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 665 words
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Euthanasia and Religion - Euthanasia and Religion Euthanasia is the inducement of a gentle and easy death. It is considered to be a form of suicide. Yet the procedure requires the assistance of a third party, due to the potential incapacity of the individual requesting this procedure be carried out. The case could then be turned into one of homicide. As a result of this, it is incredibly difficult to find an individual who is willing to aid in the conduct of euthanasia, as they could face prosecution in a criminal court on the charge of murder....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 840 words
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Doctors and Euthanasia - The Australian Medical Association opposes euthanasia. The Canadian Medical Association opposes euthanasia. The American Medical Association opposes euthanasia. The British Medical Association opposes euthanasia. This essay tries to explain why. During the debate in 1995-7 over the Northern Territory's temporary legalization of euthanasia, the Australian Medical Association was a major factor in convincing the nation's parliament to reverse the law. Canadian doctors watched with great interest the national debate in the United States leading up to the Supreme Court decision of June of '97....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 498 words
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Against Euthanasia - Against Euthanasia 1. Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill." There are two problems here -- the definition of "terminal" and the changes that have already taken place to extend euthanasia to those who aren't "terminally ill." There are many definitions for the word "terminal." For example, when he spoke to the National Press Club in 1992, Jack Kevorkian said that a terminal illness was "any disease that curtails life even for a day." The co-founder of the Hemlock Society often refers to "terminal old age." Some...   [tags: Euthanasia Mercy Killing Medical] 1437 words
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Active Euthanasia - Active Euthanasia Active euthanasia is the act of killing of a living person in attempts to stop the suffering on someone's behalf. Active euthanasia should remain illegal because of the immorality of the acts. In looking at the definition, that will be enough to prove that active euthanasia should not be accepted in our society. In the first part of the definition, active euthanasia is the killing of a living person. Despite any circumstances, a living person has the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 469 words
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Abortion and euthanasia - Abortion And Euthanasia The Roman Catholic Church believe that life begins when the baby is made (conception). From this belief it influences its attitude to issues such as contraception, euthanasia and suicide. Roman Catholics say that life is sacred. What they mean by that is that life is special to God. For them, every person is a separate living human being and all have the rights to live. All Roman Catholics are against abortion, they believe that abortion is a murder and should have the rights to life....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 715 words
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Euthanasia is Morally Wrong - The matter of euthanasia continues to be a contentious issue within today’s society. Over the past years, there have been a slew of debates that have tried to justify the practice of assisted suicide, otherwise known as euthanasia. Gallup’s survey in 2007 served to illustrate this fact by showing that over 75 percent of Americans believe that euthanasia should be permitted. However, what Americans have failed to discern is that legalizing any form of euthanasia goes against the sanctity of life and will result in no limitations to the justifications of why it is being performed....   [tags: Against Euthanasia ]
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The Pros and Cons of Euthanasia - “Euthanasia is defined as a deliberate act undertaken by one person with the intention of ending life of another person to relieve that person's suffering and where the act is the cause of death.”(Gupta, Bhatnagar and Mishra) Some define it as mercy killing. Euthanasia may be voluntary, non voluntary and involuntary. When terminally ill patient consented to end his or her life, it is called voluntary euthanasia. Non voluntary euthanasia occurs when the suffering person never consented nor requested to end a life....   [tags: Euthanasia Essays]
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Euthanasia: Everyone Has the Right to Die - One of the reasons I picked Euthanasia is a subject that I am unfamiliar with. I want to learn both sides of the argument and how people from each side thought about it. So in this paper I will talk about both sides of the argument, the people on each side, and the different types of Euthanasia. The subject of Euthanasia is a heated battle, in which lines have been drawn between warring social, religious and political groups. Many people want this controversial institution erased from the volumes of lawful medicine, but others say that we should be able to choose our fates in extreme cases....   [tags: Euthanasia Essays] 1489 words
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The Debate on Euthanasia in the United Kingdom - The Debate on Euthanasia in the United Kingdom One of the biggest controversies in the UK today is Euthanasia. Arguments about Euthanasia often hinge on the ‘right to life’ and ‘right to die’, should it be legalised. Originally the word Euthanasia meant ‘a gentle and easy death’, however nowadays it is ‘the act of inducing an easy death’. Why the change in meaning and everybody’s new found view that Euthanasia is in fact murder. Many people have diverse views on the issue. Humanists live by moral principles and promote happiness and fulfillment in this life; they believe that voluntary euthanasia is morally correct, whilst upholding the need for safeguards to preven...   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 647 words
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Christian Beliefs on Euthanasia - Christian Beliefs on Euthanasia We as Christians believe that god created the world and every thing that lives on it. We believe that because he created it we have not got the right to create or end someone's life. Humans are different from other aspects of life because he gave us free will and he also gave us responsibility to care for ourselves and particularly for those at the end of their lives. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word meaning easy death. It's when you commit a merciful act of helping a person to end their life in a painless way due to a terminal or very painful health condition....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 522 words
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Euthanasia should not be legalized in America - Euthanasia refers to the intentional bringing about of the death of a patient, either by killing him/her, or by letting him/her die, for the patient’s sake to prevent further pain or suffering from a terminal illness. Euthanasia is a complex issue in many underlying theological, sociological, moral, and legal aspects. Its legalization is heavily debated around the world, with strong arguments made for both sides of the issue. The supporters of euthanasia often repeated that “We have to respect the freedom of the patient" or “people should be able to exercise control over their own lives and death.” However, Euthanasia, by nature, is “wrongfully killing” or “mercy killing”, and if we al...   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 898 words
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Euthanasia: Whose Life Is It? - Euthanasia: Whose Life Is It. Imagine a body slowly and excruciatingly being broken down by an unseen and uncontrollable invader. Now imagine that there is a law preventing anyone from ending that suffering. Welcome to the argument over euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as "the act or practice of killing out of mercy." Euthanasia technically exists in four categories: active, passive, voluntary, and involuntary. Passive euthanasia is the act of removing all treatments and forms of life support intended to prolong life or cure illness, and allowing the patient to die of natural causes....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1096 words
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Euthanasia is an Individual Decision - Euthanasia is an Individual Decision According to the American Heritage Dictionary, euthanasia is defined as "the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment." Not everyone agrees with this definition. I have always believed that euthanasia was the human choice or nonchoice of ending another person's life because of the excruciating pain they are suffering due to an incurable disease....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1796 words
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Regulation and Reform of Euthanasia - Regulation and Reform of Euthanasia Throughout the twentieth century, major scientific and medical advances have greatly enhanced the life expectancy of the average person. However, there are many instances where doctors can preserve life artificially. In these cases, where the patient suffers from a terminal disease or remains in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), the question becomes whether to prolong their life even though it may consist of pain and suffering. One of the landmark cases that involve euthanasia is that of Karen Ann Quinlan....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 589 words
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Euthanasia is the Right to Kill - Euthanasia is the Right to Kill In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley shows an example of the widely debated topic of doctor-assisted deaths, or euthanasia. Formerly called “mercy killing,” euthanasia means making someone die rather than allowing them to die naturally. In Huxley’s novel the futuristic “World-State” uses euthanasia for everyone who is no longer “useful to society.” “Death with dignity,” has become a catch phrase used by euthanasia activists, but there’s nothing dignified about killing someone....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 604 words
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Euthanasia (greek for good) - The word "euthanasia" comes from the greek--eu, "good", and thanatos, "death". Literally, "good death". The dictionary describes euthanasia as "a quiet and easy death, the means of procuring this or, the action of inducing a quiet and easy death." Euthanasia has a becomes a legal, medical, and ethical issue over which opinions are divided. I feel that if there is no hope for a cure for a terminally ill patient then if they want, let them out of their misery....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1285 words
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Religious Tradition view of Euthanasia - Religious Tradition view of Euthanasia State One Religious Traditions View Of Euthanasia Euthanasia is described by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘The bringing about of a gentle and easy death, especially in the case of incurable and painful diseases’ . The Christian view of Euthanasia is that it is wrong. They understand, the pain and emotional suffering, caused in the case of terminally ill, but believe that a hospice is a better solution and that to commit Euthanasia is murder and a degrading act upon human life....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1039 words
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and the Law - Euthanasia and the Law A severely handicapped or terminally ill person should have the right to choose to live or die. The right to live; the right to choose to live or die should not only be a right allocated for bodied individuals of sound mind but for all human beings. Euthanasia is a controversial issue which encompasses the morals, values and beliefs of our society. Euthanasia, literally defined means "good death". There are two types of euthanasia, active and passive....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1865 words
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Christian Beliefs about Euthanasia - Christian Beliefs about Euthanasia Euthanasia is the practice of helping people who are seriously ill and in intolerable pain to die, either at their own request or by others deciding to take away life support. I will be looking at voluntary Euthanasia, where a terminally ill person asks for help from a doctor, relative or a friend to die with dignity. There are other names for voluntary Euthanasia and these include assisted suicide, mercy killing, and easy or gentle death....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 620 words
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Euthanasia – Not Only at Patient's Request - Euthanasia – Not Only at Patient's Request      No indeed, euthanasia and assisted suicide would not only be at a patient's request. This false presumption has been disproven time and again by the practical working-out of euthanasia and assisted suicide in locales where it has been legalized. And yes, there are complications, which are not given great media exposure, but which appear in journals devoted to this debate. It is the intention of this essay to correct these false notions - with copious professional documentation....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Christians' Views on Abortion and Euthanasia - Christians' Views on Abortion and Euthanasia Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. Pro Life is a belief that abortion is murder, as life begins at the moment of conception and Pro Choice is the belief that the woman who is pregnant should make her own decision. The Roman Catholic Church believes that abortion is murder. “Do not kill” Exodus 20: 1-17 is one of the Ten Commandments, in their eyes life begins at conception and so abortion would be classed as murder....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 565 words
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are Murder - Euthanasia is Murder Euthanasia - is it killing or letting die. In the last thirty years, this has been a highly controversial topic, the worldly morals versus the Christian. Although there are certain instances where it is justifiably considered to be letting die, it is essentially murder. Euthanasia comes from a Greek word, meaning "easy death," and is now often associated with the infamous Dr. Kevorkian. There are three types of euthanasia - what doctors consider to be "letting the patient die," for instance taking both conscious and unconscious patients off of life support, not reviving the patient in case of a heart failure, et cetera....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1077 words
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Euthanasia of Pretamture Babies - Amy gave birth to a baby boy after only 24 weeks gestation. The premature child weighed only 1 1/4 lbs and was only 13 inches. Statistically, the child has between a 5% and a 20% chance of survival and over a 50% chance of growing up with intellegence disabilities, cerebral palsy, blindness, and deafness. Should money be continually spent on medical treatment or should the parents and/ or doctor be given the rigt to take away the life support. What is euthanasia. Is it just a murder, or is it a helpful procedure to end people's suffering....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1855 words
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The Christian Position on Euthanasia -      This essay has chosen to study the largest Christian denomination's attitude toward euthanasia, in order to determine the basic Christian position in the current debate on euthanasia. It is interesting to note that, even within one Christian church like this, there are a host of considerations on the euthanasia question. The rights and values pertaining to the human person occupy an important place among the questions discussed throughout the world today. In this regard, the largest Christian denomination, the Catholic Church, solemnly reaffirmed the lofty dignity of the human person, and in a special way his or her right to life....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Dr. Kevorkian and the Benefits of Euthanasia - Everybody at one time or another will inevitably have death knocking at the door. And no it will not be Brad Pitt. Coping with death is a very difficult concept to deal with. Dying comes in one of three ways: homicide, suicide and natural causes. There is no debate with regards to homicide, a person takes the life of another person. Suicide is the taking of one's own life, similarly a paper cannot be written for or against it. Last but not least is death by natural causes. I would not want to write a paper on why a one hundred-fifty year old person passes away; could it have been that the person was really really old....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 1936 words
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Don't Legalize Euthanasia - Don't Legalize Euthanasia Euthanasia, a term that can be described as "mercy killing" or the ending of a person's life because they no longer have the desire to live. Euthanasia has been a worldwide controversial debate for many years. Two types of euthanasia may be discussed, active and passive. Active described as "killing" and passive as "allowing to die." Is it the physical pain or is it depression that leads a person to desire death. If foreign countries allow, and cannot control their own "mercy killings," why wouldn't the United States follow in their footsteps....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1456 words
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Euthanasia is the Best Option - Euthanasia is the Best Option   Euthanasia is a very controversial topic. People argue as to whether or not a person who is terminally ill, or handicap, should have the right to die by euthanasia.  People say that dying by euthanasia is to die with dignity, instead of living an artificial life on respirators and other life support machines. If a person is terminally ill, and there is nothing anyone can do for them, why should they have to suffer?  Not only do they suffer but their family does also.  They will watch as their condition gets worse, and then the vision in their head of the loved one who has finally died many months after they were diagnose as terminally...   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 897 words
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Argument Against Euthanasia -   Euthanasia is a medical procedure which speeds up the process of dying for people with incurable, painful, or distressing diseases.  The patient’s doctor can stop treatment and instead let them die from their illness.  It come from the Greek words for 'good' and 'death', and is also called mercy killing.  Euthanasia is illegal in most countries including the UK .  If you suffer from an incurable disease, you cannot legally terminate your life.  However, in a number of European countries it is possible to go to a clinic which will assist you to die gracefully under some very strict circumstances....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 477 words
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Christian Responses to Abortion and Euthanasia - Christian Responses to Abortion and Euthanasia Different Christians have different viewpoints on the issues of Abortion and Euthanasia. The Church of England states that life is god given and is to be; ‘Nurtured, supported and protected.’ It views ending a human life at the beginning or end as; ‘A great moral evil.’ Also they have stated a case for ‘The rights of humans to be valued.’ This explains that people who are ill and vulnerable, people who need special care and the unborn should be treated as well as any other human being....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 674 words
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What is Meant by Euthanasia - Euthanasia is known as the act of bringing about as easy death. In other words, it is when someone who is terminally ill, wants to end their suffering, so commits suicide or has someone kill them. In Britain, it is illegal for a doctor to deliberately give a patient a dose of medicine that will kill them. Euthanasia is not mentioned in the bible but certain Christians are guided by a number of passages. For example, life is a gift from God "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you", (Jeremiah 1:5)....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 634 words
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Euthanasia And The Robert Latimer Case - Euthanasia and the Robert Latimer Case Euthanasia is undoubtedly an issue that plagues the minds of those living with children or adults who are severely disabled. Rarely is one found to have a ‘ neutral' outlook upon it; that is, a side must be chosen, for or against. It is too delicate a topic to be ‘in the middle' about. Over the years, cases involving euthanasia have caused massive controversies as to whether or not it is feasible to take the life of another human being in order to ‘put them out of their misery'....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1022 words
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Christians Response to Abortion and Euthanasia - Christians Response to Abortion and Euthanasia Abortion, the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb, is considered a sin and is forbidden in Roman Catholic Christian religion. The Roman Catholic Christians (RCC’s) are very strict and some would not even consider it if the mothers life was in danger. Christians believe that you have to have faith in God and you have to except the life you are given. In Christianity the unborn child is considered human even at the very early stages of life, as in the embryo or foetus, and life is a gift from god that is not yours to take away....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 569 words
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Christians' Beliefs about Abortion and Euthanasia - Christians believe that all people are created in the image of God and are equal in Gods sight. Therefore everyone should be treated equally and have equal rights and not be treated cruelly. The first basic right to everyone is the right to life. "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person." (Article 3, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." (Article 5, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) The Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception, so abortion is always wrong....   [tags: Euthanasia Essays] 2686 words
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Euthanasia And Self Determination - When speaking in terms of legalized euthanasia, and self-determination, Callahan feels that people should make decisions for themselves according to their own beliefs as to what comprises the good life. (pg. 226) He also states that we will, one way or another, die of some disease and that death will have dominian over all of us. (pg. 227) The meaning of this is no matter what we are all destined to die. In the case of death he first looks at suicide. This is when a person takes his or her own life, without the assistance of another....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 814 words
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Euthanasia and Living Wills - Euthanasia and Living Wills Imagine someone you love...better yet, imagine yourself lying in a hospital bed oblivious to the world around you, unable to move or show any signs of life, your own existence controlled by an I.V., a respiratory machine, and a feeding tube. In essence you are dead. Your body is no longer able to sustain life, its entire purpose is now replaced by a machine - you are being kept alive by artificial means. At this point the question arises - should you be kept alive by these means or should you be allowed to die a natural death....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1123 words
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Factors Affecting Euthanasia - Factors Affecting Euthanasia       In the September 4 issue of the British. medical journal The Lancet, Canadian researchers report on how dying patients' "will to live" is likely to show "substantial fluctuation" due to changes in both physical and mental factors. Dr. Harvey Chochinov of the University of Manitoba and his colleagues assessed the "will to live" twice daily in 168 mentally competent cancer patients admitted to palliative care, and correlated this with a variety of other factors....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia: Right or Wrong? -   The media continue to hit us with incidents of euthanasia. In Oakland County, Michigan, state officials have revoked the license of 37-year-old hospice nurse Anne Nicolai and are weighing criminal charges, after she acknowledged giving three patients overdoses of morphine to hasten their deaths. The deaths occurred in 1996 and 1997, but investigators only learned there was anything suspicious about them last summer when they received an E-mail Nicolai had written to her boyfriend. The message reportedly revealed details of the three deaths as part of Nicolai's effort to make peace with herself and the world after "finding God" [Detroit News, 2/23/01, 2/22/01]....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Abortion and Euthanasia and Religion - Abortion and Euthanasia and Religion 1. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life is scared. This teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia. The word abortion means to end someone’s life before they have been born, including miscarriages but this ends naturally. When people talk about abortion they are talking about pregnancies which end deliberately. In Britain there are about 180,000 abortions every year with an average of about one every there minutes....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 965 words
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Euthanasia Essay - A Proper Death - Euthanasia and a Proper Death Assisted suicide is a very controversial topic in American society that must be dealt with. In assisted suicide, a patient who is terminally ill requests the doctor to administer a lethal dose of medication to end his life. Assisted suicide brings up many moral and legal issues regarding the right of a patient to die with respect and the duties of a doctor. This issue is divided among people who believe that doctor assisted suicide is illegal and immoral and those who believe that suicide is a right that people have....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 2126 words
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History of Euthanasia in America - History of Euthanasia in America 1973- The American Medical Association issues the Patient Bill of Rights. The groundbreaking document allows patients to refuse medical treatment. 1976- The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan, who has been in a tranquilizer-and-alcohol-induced coma for a year, can remove her respirator. She dies nine years later. 1979- Jo Roman, a New York artist dying of cancer, makes a videotape, telling her friends and family she intends to end her life....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 899 words
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Euthanasia and Futile Care - Euthanasia and "Futile Care" Imagine visiting your 85-year-old mother in the hospital after she has a debilitating stroke. You find out that, in order to survive, she requires a feeding tube and antibiotics to fight an infection. She once told you that no matter what happened, she wants to live. But the doctor refuses further life-sustaining treatment. When you ask why, you are told, in effect, "The time has come for your mother to die. All we will provide is comfort care." Sound far-fetched....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1631 words
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Euthanasia Leaves no Room for Hope and Miracles - Euthanasia Leaves no Room for Hope and Miracles Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, is a topic involving many serious issues that continue to be argued over among people throughout the world. There are two types of Euthanasia. One is active euthanasia, a doctor taking any direct action designed to kill the suffering patient. The other is passive euthanasia, to withhold treatment and allow a patient to die. In most cases, passive euthanasia is permitted but whether or not active euthanasia should be allowed creates a major controversy.(Rachel,452) The question, should a person be allowed to end their life through active euthanasia when they are terminally ill and the pain of dying...   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 508 words
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Euthanasia Essay - Let Them Die! - Euthanasia - Let Them Die. Euthanasia is one of society's most widely and hotly debated moral issues. It has pained and exhausted the courts for entirely too long, questioning the ethics and morality of the issue. It is a never-ending loop that by no means considers our right, or the victim's right, to freedom. It has pierced the pocket books of American taxpayers extensively and should be put to rest with only this statement. Let them die. I believe that euthanasia is only debated and kept on the political agenda to keep the courts busy, thereby ensuring the security of political pocket books....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1567 words
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Top Ten Reasons For Legalizing Euthanasia - Euthanasia has always been a taboo subject in some cultures. People all over the world so openly engage in conversation in matters of life. But when it comes to the other half of life, death, no one likes discussing it. Only terrorists claim how glorious death will be. These are some of the reasons that many people in society feel that euthanasia is morally wrong. Who is to say when it is time for someone to die or how much a person should suffer before they are allowed to end their life. How does someone know what the right age is that people should die....   [tags: Argument in Favor of Euthanasia]
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Euthanasia Essay - Mercy Killing Not Necessary - Euthanasia Essay - Mercy Killing Not Necessary "Mercy Killing" as Euthanasia is also known, has been outlawed within the United States. The definition of mercy killing is where someone is terminally ill with a disease, and an accomplice helps to end the misery of that victim's life. In my opinion, this decision should be a live and let live decision. If and only if the victim agrees ahead of time before the pain starts to end it, then they should live their life the way they want to; if that includes ending it the way they want to, so be it....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Outlawing Euthanasia Restricts our Rights - Outlawing Euthanasia Restricts our Rights In America today many arguments are centered around the right to choose: the right for women to have an abortion, the right for gays to be allowed to raise children or be legally married, and the right to physician-assisted suicide. These arguments all have something to do with the individual having the right to make this choice or if society should be able to decide for them, thus removing this choice. Euthanasia is a choice everyone should have, but like all rights, it should not be taken advantage....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 891 words
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Euthanasia Essay: Moral Considerations in the Debate - Moral Considerations in the Euthanasia Debate      The Judeo-Christian moral tradition celebrates life as the gift of a loving God, and respects the life of each human being because each is made in the image and likeness of God. As Christians we also believe we are redeemed by Christ and called to share eternal life with Him. Our Church views life as a sacred trust, a gift over which we are given stewardship and not absolute dominion. The Church thus opposes all direct attacks on innocent life....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are Morally Correct - Euthanasia is Morally Correct "The third night that I roomed with Jack in our tiny double room, in the solid-tumor ward of the cancer clinic of the National Institute of Health in Maryland, a terrible thought occurred to me. Jack had a melanoma in his belly, a malignant solid tumor that the doctors guessed was the size of a softball. The doctors planned to remove the tumor, but they knew Jack would soon die. The cancer had now spread out of control. Jack, about 28, was in constant pain, and his doctor had prescribed an intravenous shot, a pain killer, and this would control the pain for perhaps two hours or a bit more....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1567 words
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The Truth about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - The Truth about Euthanasia      Euthanasia news apparently sells big in the media. Barred from conducting an on-camera interview with Jack Kevorkian in prison, ABC News is waging a court battle against the Michigan Department of Corrections; they have refused a request from the ABC program "20/20" to let Barbara Walters interview Kevorkian. Corrections invoked a state prisons policy that took effect last March, barring TV crews except for stock footage and scenes of inmates taking part in prison activities....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay]
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It's Time for Voluntary Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - America Needs Voluntary Euthanasia There are at least two forms of suicide. One is 'emotional suicide', or irrational self-murder in all of it complexities and sadness. Let me emphasis at once that my view of this tragic form of self-destruction is the same as that of the suicide intervention movement and the rest of society, which is to prevent it wherever possible. I do not support any form of suicide for mental health or emotional reasons. But I do say that there is a second form of suicide -- justifiable suicide, that is, rational and planned self-deliverance from a painful and hopeless disease which will shortly end in death....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1933 words
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Who Wants It? - Euthanasia - Who Wants It.       In Los Angeles, former respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar was charged with six counts of murder in January for allegedly giving lethal injections to patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1996 and 1997. Saldivar has reportedly called himself an "angel of death" and confessed in 1998 to hastening "anywhere from 100 to 200" deaths, but later retracted the confession. He is also the plaintiff in several civil suits for wrongful death, though some of these have been dismissed for lack of evidence....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide]
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Free Euthanasia Essays: Euthanasia and the Pain Relief Promotion Act - Euthanasia and the Pain Relief Promotion Act President Clinton said that the key question regarding the Nickles/Lieberman Pain Relief Promotion Act is "whether the bill as written would have a chilling effect on doctors writing medication for pain relief on terminally ill patients." The question he raised is a testable proposition. Language almost identical to that found in the Pain Relief Promotion Act has been enacted in ten states in recent years - and the effect of such language on the use of powerful pain relief medication such as morphine has been dramatically positive....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 871 words
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Free Euthanasia Essays: Assisted Suicide - Assisted Suicide To sanction the taking of innocent human life is to contradict a primary purpose of law in an ordered society. A law or court decision allowing assisted suicide would demean the lives of vulnerable patients and expose them to exploitation by those who feel they are better off dead. Such a policy would corrupt the medical profession, whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill. The voiceless or marginalized in our society -- the poor, the frail elderly, racial minorities, millions of people who lack health insurance -- would be the first to feel pressure to die....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 780 words
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Euthanasia Essay - Physician Assisted Murder - Physician Assisted Murder Physician assisted suicide is illegal in all states but Oregon. Physician assisted suicide is defined by Religious Tolerance.org: a physician supplies information and/or the means of committing suicide to a person, so that they can easily terminate their own life. The decision of when and where the time of our death should occur is one that only God has the right to decide. Because no person or doctor has the right to end a life, physician assisted suicide should be illegal....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 942 words
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Euthanasia Essay - Assisted Suicide is for Everyone - Assisted Suicide is for Everyone Should Doctors assist their patient's death. The doctors' obligation is to provide every possible support during the process of dying. Do doctors have the right to hasten the process, when requested to do so. There has been a great deal of discussion over this topic for the past few years. For many years now, assisted suicide has been a debated topic of who believes in it and who does not. The Christian faith disagrees in the act of assisted suicide....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1383 words
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Euthanasia Essay - Assisted Suicide as an Unethical Option - Euthanasia as an Unethical Option Should a question of right and wrong be compromised for a question of convenience. "When I regained consciousness 3 days later, I was in Portland Hospital paralyzed (at first) from the neck down. I also had a severe concussion, collapsed left lung and crushed left collarbone. A pair of metal tongs had been drilled in my skull and attached to weights to stabilize my neck and I was on a slab of bed that turned me from back to front every 4 hours....After I surprised the doctors and lived to get into rehab, they told me, at that time, the average lifespan of a male quadriplegic was 36 years......   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 1963 words
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Circumstances that Justify the Use of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Circumstances that Justify the Use of Euthanasia "...the elderly patients...are comatose. They weigh practically nothing. Their skin hangs in heavy folds on their skeletons. 'These patients must be fed through gastric tubes pushed down their throats,' Dr. Peter Haemmerli explains, and that can make even comatose patients retch and vomit." (Culliton 1273). Thus, according to Barbara J. Culliton, many severely ill patients must endure much pain. Not a very pretty scene, is it. Is it right to keep them living in this pain....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 517 words
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Euthanasia - Euthanasia Euthanasia is one of the most controversial issues affecting all realms of society and needs to be closely examined. In order to delve deep enough into the issue, the religious, legal, cultural, ethical, medical, and spiritual ramifications of euthanasia from both proponents and opponents of euthanasia need to be explored. The following discussion of euthanasia will inform people about euthanasia and to help them draw their own conclusions. I. Introduction Euthanasia comes from the Greek and means "painless, happy death." Webster defines it as "an easy and painless death, or, an act or method of causing death painlessly so as to end suffering: advocated by so...   [tags: Death Ethics Morals Papers]
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Debate Speech Opposing the That Euthanasia Should be Legalized - Debate Speech Opposing the That Euthanasia Should be Legalized Madame chair, fellow members of the opposition, members of the proposition and members of the house we are all here today to debate the controversial topic of Euthanasia and whether or not it should be legalized. Members of the house the opposition vehemently cannot accept the legalization of Euthanasia. The term Euthanasia has came to mean an easy death which is what we all want ,but will legalizing euthanasia provide us with this....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 844 words
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Euthanasia: We Have a Right to a Peaceful Death - If there is a contemporary ethical issue which is even more explosive than abortion, it's the question of whether human beings have the right to a peaceful death (euthanasia). In my opinion, a terminally ill person should have a right to avoid pre-death pains and die as peacefully as possible. At this final stage of our presence here, we should not agonize in pointless pain but try to leave well and this implies our right to decide whether we should use euthanasia. Thus, I believe that we need a law that will confirm our rights to euthanasia....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 451 words
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Euthanasia - Euthanasia In today's society there are many disagreements about the rights and wrongs of euthanasia. Although death is unavoidable for human beings, suffering before death is unbearable not only for terminal patients but for the family members and friends. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word "Thanatos" meaning death and the prefix "eu" meaning easy or good (Russell 94). Thus, "eu- Thanatos" meaning easy or good death. Euthanasia is a better choice for terminal patients than suicide. In our society, suicide is always traumatic for families and friends....   [tags: essays papers] 1504 words
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We Must Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia - We Must Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia There are many sides to the dilemma of whether or not euthanasia should be carried out. There is the question of morality, the question of active versus passive euthanasia and the question of when euthanasia should be put into use. None of these questions are totally cut and dry. There seem to be more gray areas within this issue than there are black and white. Yet when you look at the problem on a personal level with the actual individuals involved, some of those gray areas almost disappear....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 891 words
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It's Time to Regulate and Reform Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - It's Time to Regulate and Reform Euthanasia One of the landmark cases that involve euthanasia is that of Karen Ann Quinlan. Quinlan, a twenty-one year old New Jersey resident, overdosed on pills and alcohol in 1975. She was rushed to the hospital where her physical condition gradually deteriorated to a vegetative state. The doctors determined she had no chance of recovery. Before the coma Karen said that if anything ever happened that would leave her physically and mentally incompetent, without any chance of recovery, she would not want to be kept alive by "extraordinary medical procedures," notes Derek Humphry....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1288 words
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Free Essay on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Playing God - Playing God: A Role That Shouldn't Be Cast All humans will die. Approximately 2,155,000 people from the United States will die in one year. In the United States, during the year of 1989, 34% of all deaths were caused by heart disease, 23% caused by cancer, 6% by strokes, and 2.2% by accidents involving motor vehicles. In that same year, 5.5% of the deaths were caused by medical negligence and suicide (Leading causes). This does not take into consideration the number of people who were killed by assisted suicide and euthanasia....   [tags: Euthanasia Physician Assisted Suicide] 1270 words
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Euthanasia - Many people see death is a bad thing. People don’t like it and they don’t want to hear about it. For many seriously ill and vegetative patients, death is a good thing for them. Death will end their suffering from pains and they can also die with dignity. Euthanasia traditionally means a “good death.” The term has traditionally been used to refer to the hastening of a suffering person’s death or “mercy killing.” The legalization of euthanasia is important for the patient because it would give dying people a choice to determine if they want to fight the disease or end their suffering....   [tags: good death] 503 words
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Euthanasia - A considerable size of society is in favor of Euthanasia mostly because they feel that as a democratic country, we as free individuals, have the right to decide for ourselves whether or not it is our right to determine when to terminate someone's life. The stronger and more widely held opinion is against Euthanasia primarily because society feels that it is god's task to determine when one of his creations time has come, and we as human beings are in no position to behave as god and end someone's life....   [tags: Mercy Killing Death]
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Euthanasia Essay - Euthanasia is the practice of ending a life to release an individual from suffering an incurable disease or intolerable pain. Having to lay in bed twenty-four hours a day is no way to live a life. People that suffer from a serious illness should have the right to die by euthanasia. In 1991, a national telephone survey was conducted which posed the question, “If you were terminally ill, what would you want for yourself?” Fifty-two percent of one thousand four in the US said that they’d consider assisted suicide or euthanasia....   [tags: Euthanasia Essay] 589 words
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Speech on Euthanasia - Speech on Euthanasia I stand before you today in confrontation. I stand before you today equal to any man. I stand before you today with a challenge. I challenge any man who deems, their morals, their ethics, their beliefs, their conscience enough to find themselves fit to judge others. I challenge any man who deems himself fit to pass judgement upon another’s life. I challenge any man who believes they can play god. I challenge any man who believes in euthanasia. How can you believe in something you cannot justify....   [tags: Euthanasia is Murder] 1153 words
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The Bible and Euthanasia - Euthanasia is a controversial issue in today's society. It is defined as the intentional ending of a life with the purpose of relieving pain or suffering. Many people believe that it is within a human's right to die a peaceful, dignified death with assistance. While others believe that euthanasia is an immoral act and that legalising the deliberate killing of humans will undermine the legal system in the UK. Currently in the UK, it is illegal for a doctor or another person to deliberately do something that causes the patient to die - e.g....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 603 words
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Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalized - Euthanasia is a Greek word which means gentle and easy death. However, it is the other way around. It is not a gentle or easy death because there is not a type of death which called gentle in the world. According to writer Prof. Ian Dowbiggin, in Ancient Greece people used euthanasia without the patient's permission. It means that in Ancient Greece they did not care about the voluntariness. Also, there are just few doctors who obey the rules of the Hippocratic Oath. (250) After Christianity, the church found out how evil suicide was and they told people killing another person or themselves was a brutal behavior....   [tags: Euthanasia Essays]
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Is Euthanasia Morally and Philosophically Justifiable? - When considering whether the piece of legislation titled “The Death with Dignity Act” is morally and philosophically justifiable, the moral and philosophic viability of what is referred to as active voluntary euthanasia must first be evaluated. Because active voluntary euthanasia seeks to reduce the amount of suffering of the patients as well as offer individuals greater control over their life it can be justified, and the “Death with Dignity Act” outlines a responsible method for enacting active voluntary euthanasia....   [tags: Euthanasia Essays] 877 words
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Personal Evaluation of Euthanasia - Personal Evaluation of Euthanasia I feel that euthanasia should be legalized. I believe that everyone has the right to choose how he or she live and die. Not everybody will have an easy death. Some terminal pain cannot be controlled, even with the best of care and the strongest of drugs. Other distressing symptoms, which come with diseases, such as sickness, no mobility, breathlessness and fever cannot always be relieved. A life filled with pain is horrible and it ruins the quality of life....   [tags: Argumentative Euthanasia Essays] 559 words
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Free Euthanasia Essay - The word "euthanasia" is Greek, which means "a good death." The issue is far more complex than what a dictionary's explanation is. The issue of euthanasia is one of the most discussed topics in all of the United States Congress. US government agencies, legislators and leaders have attempted unsuccessfully to stop assisted suicide nationwide by barring the use of federally controlled substances at lethal levels intended for mercy killing. There are many issues surrounding the act of assisted suicide that are yet to be resolved in the United States....   [tags: Free Euthanasia Essay] 575 words
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