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Do you think Euthanasia should be legalised in the UK?

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´╗┐Euthanasia is the termination of a person?s life in order to relieve them of their suffering. In most cases the person has an incurable condition that inhibits their ability to carry out everyday activities. The law in England states that it is an offence to encourage or assist a suicide or a suicide attempt. However, Euthanasia is legal in other countries such as the Netherlands and Sweden. There are two types of euthanasia; voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia happens when a person asks someone to help them die such as giving them a lethal injection. Involuntary euthanasia is carried out without they patients consent, usually when the person is in vegetative state. The first main argument which supports euthanasia is that people should have self control of how and when they die. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the victim?s relatives should not have to watch their loved ones encounter unbearable suffering. Also, keeping terminally ill patients alive comes at a high cost which could be money better spent elsewhere onto patients who actually want to live. One case study which supports this is the study of Diane pretty. Dianne Pretty was suffering from motor neurone disease and wanted to die. She and her husband asked the courts to give immunity from prosecution to her husband if he were to help her to kill herself. The court ruled that it was not acceptable, the disease took its inevitable course, and Dianne Pretty died in hospital under exactly the sort of conditions she had wanted to avoid. ...read more.

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The result of this would be an uproar which could prevent some terminally ill patients from going to see the doctor in fear of being pressured to end their lives. Doctor?s jobs are to save lives; not end them. Finally, there are also other alternatives rather than euthanasia such as palliative care which aims to reduce the severity of the patients suffering. To conclude, I believe that the law on euthanasia in England should be altered. I deem that voluntary euthanasia is acceptable however involuntary is not. The reason why I consider involuntary euthanasia as unacceptable is because whether a person will suffer endlessly until they die is questionable but ending someone?s life is absolute, it cannot be reversed. It?s also a substantial decision for a person to make and I believe would cause quite a lot of psychological problems in the future. ...read more.

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