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    Legislation on Euthanasia

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    A 5 page research paper on legislation involving euthanasia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    to end their life, or have someone help them end their life, when it gets too difficult to bear physically, emotionally and spiritually, due to an illness, there are many  who believe that any kind of euthanasia is wrong. There are different types of euthanasia as well, such as physician assisted. For the most part euthanasia is illegal in the  United States. The following paper examines legislation which involves euthanasia in the United States. Legislation on Euthanasia When looking at the information pertaining to the individual states it  appears that many, if not most, states have legal defenses against assisted suicide, or euthanasia, through their laws concerning homicides. For example, "Euthanasia is prohibited in Iowa under the general  homicide laws" (Legal Status of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in the United States). However, many states, also including Iowa, have developed laws that specifically address euthanasia as well: "Iowa enacted a law  that specifically prohibits assisted suicide" (Legal Status of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in the United States). There are also many states wherein various legislations, in various states, have been attempted in  connection with assisted suicide. For example, "Proposed legislation to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas was introduced in 2001 and then withdrawn" (Legal Status of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in the United States).  Another state, Colorado, enacted a petition in 2000 that would allow for the legalization of physician assisted suicide but the appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals failed (Legal Status  of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in the United States). Overall it appears as though there is no legislation which allows euthanasia in any form in any state, although there has been  many attempts, in various states, to implement legislation that would allow for euthanasia. There are, however, also various cases that bring the subject of euthanasia into a different light, presenting 

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