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

Ethical Issues Involved In The Legislation of Euthanasia?

Extracts from this document...


Ethical Issues involved in Euthanasia Euthanasia is 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. There are 2 different types of euthanasia. Passive euthanasia occurs when a patient dies because the medical professionals either don't do something necessary to keep the patient alive, or when they stop doing something that is keeping the patient alive. Examples of this might be; * Switching off life-support machines. * Disconnecting a feeding tube. * Not carrying out a life-extending operation. * Not giving life-extending drugs. Active euthanasia occurs when the medical professionals, or another person, deliberately do something that causes the patient to die. Either type requires that somebody acts. In the first case by not doing something, and in the second by an intended action. Arguably, euthanasia should not take place in the absence of the consent of the person concerned. But, passive euthanasia can more readily occur in the absence of consent. Clearly, there are issues or dilemmas' surrounding the matter as to whether or not the individual is able to give informed consent. ...read more.


Particularly , pressure could be bought on vulnerable people to achieve an outcome that they themselves may not desire. Others would take the view that euthanasia can alleviate suffering. People have the right to determine their own destiny and die as and when they want to. Many people think that each person has the right to control his or her body and life and so should be able to determine at what time, in what way and by whose hand he or she will die. Behind this lies the idea that human beings should be as free as possible and that unnecessary restraints on human rights are a bad thing. And behind that lies the idea that human beings are independent biological entities, with the right to take and carry out decisions about themselves, providing the greater good of society doesn't prohibit this. Allied to this is a firm belief that death is the end. Another ethical issue regarding euthanasia is, is death such a bad thing? If death is not a bad thing then many of the objections to euthanasia vanish. Once we get past the idea that death is a bad thing, we are able to consider whether death may actually sometimes be a good thing. ...read more.


I would hope to be in old age by then and would assume most people would understand. Also I believe, if I'm not mistaken, the fight against Euthanasia is financed by the medical industry who stand to make alot more money keeping you alive then letting you pass on. Oddly enough the money that lobbied for euthanasia came not only from fundamental christain groups, but oddly enough from insurance companies... Despite this I think euthanasia has to many complications to allow it be to be legalised. This is due to factors such as, you can not distinguish a mentally ill person from a sane person if they both came into a clinic and said 'I want to die.' Also, someone who comes into a clinic and says "I want to die" will be considered crazy either way. It is for reasons like this euthanasia is so hard to regulate as finding out if the person is being taken advantage of, if they are genuinely ill or just fed up or if they are being forced into it would take too long and many people would argue that there are a lot more important issues going on in today's society. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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 Practical Questions 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 Practical Questions essays

  1. To what extent would a follower of Natural Law allow euthanasia?

    to think and reflect' whereas Joseph Fletcher states that personhood consists of self-awareness, self-control, sense of the future, sense of the past, capacity to relate to others, concern for others, communication and curiosity. Some people think that a person is always a person, even if they lose what these philosophers

  2. 'Euthanasia should be legalised. Agree or Disagree?'

    able to end their life and, if necessary, be assisted in doing so. However, the quality of life worth living is one that only the person in question can define. Having control over their life is a way of enhancing their human dignity.

  1. What are the ethical issues involved as a result of using biotechnology in cases ...

    Locke came up with his own definition of a person ; concept of self as a continuing subject of experience and other mental states and believing that it is itself such a continuing entity''. In other words to be a person one must possess a certain level of consciousness which neither an embryo nor a new born baby possesses.

  2. RE euthanasia for and against

    As long the patient's death was a secondary consequence of the medication, they are exempt from any charges.4 PRO-LIFE/CHOICE OVERVIEW Two views on euthanasia are pro-life (for euthanasia) and pro-choice (against euthanasia). Pro-choice maintains the quality of life and that people live their lives to the full as long as they can.

  1. Explain what scholars mean when they say that ethical statements are no more than ...

    To simply say "Caring for your children - hurrah!" ignores these important points. When we talk about the "Boo-Hurrah Theory", we may be tempted to ask whether it actually constitutes an ethical theory at all. The whole idea seems rather crude and infantile, reducing matters of serious moral importance to a simple 'yay' or 'nay'.

  2. Explain the case for voluntary euthanasia.

    His mother had Alzheimer's disease. He said, "I think this has made me see how the issues of someone with these kinds of problems are really very difficult.? In an interview with Ronald Bailey, published in December 2000, he explained that his sister shares the responsibility of making decisions about his mother.

  1. Explain different ethical approaches to issues of war and peace.

    The probability of success is also an issue in a just war, if the war that is started is futile then it can never be just, as in the case of the Second World War when Britain declared war on Germany their chances of success were almost zero considering the

  2. Describe the religious and ethical issues raised by human surrogacy.

    Some suggest that the language which is used should be different ? the surrogate mother should be known as the provider and used as an incubator to the genetic child of the couple. There is also the issue of commercial surrogacy and the potential exploitation that can arise from this, particularly in lesser developed countries such as India.

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