• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is Euthanasia?

Extracts from this document...


Euthanasia What is Euthanasia? It is the intentional killing of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. Types of Euthanasia * Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed. * Non-voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. * Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. How Euthanasia is administered? * Euthanasia By Action (Actively): Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection. * Euthanasia By Omission (Passively): Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water. What is NOT Euthanasia? * Not commencing a treatment that would not provide a benefit to the patient. ...read more.


* The U.S. state of Oregon legalizes assisted suicide in 1998. * In 2000, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia. * In 2002, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia. The Book Destruction of Life not Worthy of Life (1920) In this book, authors Alfred Hoche, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Freiburg, and Karl Binding, a professor of law from the University of Leipzig, argued that patients who ask for "death assistance" should, under very carefully controlled conditions, be able to obtain it from a physician. This book helped support involuntary euthanasia by Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany (1939) In October of 1939 amid the turmoil of the outbreak of war Hitler ordered widespread "mercy killing" of the sick and disabled. ...read more.


With euthanasia no one's life is being saved - life is only taken. Steps taken to against Euthanasia * Between 1857 and 1865, a New York commission led by Dudley Field drafted a criminal code that prohibited "aiding" a suicide and, specifically," providing another person with any deadly weapon or poisonous drug, knowing that such person intends to use such weapon or drug in taking his own life" * In 1999, pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to a 10-25 year prison term for giving a lethal injection to Thomas Youk. Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life * No one has the right to take another persons life. Life should be valued not abused as everyone is given only one chance to live. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level General Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level General Studies essays

  1. Analysis of Thomas More's Utopia

    More has the tendency to downplay incidents using understatements. Many such events are described as being quite less significant than they actually are, especially when it comes to war. When a village or town is taken over by Utopian soldiers after a battle; "They merely kill those responsible for its failure to surrender...and enslave the rest of the garrison".

  2. How Australian society responded to vietnam war

    It was determined to oppose any ALP policies - so it automatically supported the war. Response and support throughout the Australian society regarding the Vietnam war was widespread.

  1. Is the Survival of a society dependent on Fate or Human Choice?

    that you can still have societal changes even if the geography does not allow for it. This is evident in chapter three of Sachs book as he discusses eight points that determine whether a society will thrive or not, and the role that humans are playing in failing societies.

  2. Place Value Lesson Plan

    The use of the math centers will be used for two days. 1). Website - Fishing for Place Value using http://www.gamequarium.com/placevalue.html 2). the students will use social studies incorporated in the math lesson. The students will begin to look for details that show numbers in their current city.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work