A man, well into his forties, lies helplessly

A man, well into his forties, lies helplessly in the cold room of the hospital. He eagerly waits for the results of his tests that are to be hand delivered by the warm-hearted doctor. He lies there, his skin is pasty white, his body is slowly deteriorating both inside and out, and his hair is gradually falling out. Yet somehow the man manages to fight for his life, striving to be able to go home to his wife, play football with his son, and take his dog Nasia, for a walk. In the faint distance the man can hear the footsteps of the doctor, the sound intensifying as the doctor get closer. As the physician approaches the door the mans heart thumps louder, and faster, in sync with the sound of the footsteps. Nervously the doctor opens the door, walks inside, and gives the ill man an artificial smile, the kind people give when they pose for pictures. A sound comes out, and the man hears the doctor say, you have lung cancer, and it is terminal. His once beating heart sinks to the floor, and all hope flies out of the window into the realm of death. The man, pondering the long road of agony ahead, says to the doctor, I do not wish to suffer the effects of the cancer, I want to die. He continues by asking the question every doctor fears to answer, Can you give me something to end my life? This process is known as euthanasia. The word stems from Greek origin meaning good death. In general, euthanasia is the process of a physician killing a human being who suffers from a painfully terminal disease to bring them peace. The topic has become quite controversial throughout the United States as well as the rest of the world. Advocates feel that each and every person has the right to be able to choose how they live, and how they die. They claim that everyone should have the privilege of controlling their own destiny. Opponents of mercy killing argue that the act is immoral and would have a negative effect on the social a…

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