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An acceptance of the practice of Voluntary Euthanasia is incompatible with the Christian belief in the Sanctity of Life but not with the attitudes of some ethical philosophers. Discuss.

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  • Submitted: 18/11/2003
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GCSE Euthanasia

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Essay plan

* Example of a recent case of voluntary euthanasia

* Definition

* Churches

* Sanctity of life

* Euthanasia in the Bible

* BMA association report

* Hippocratic oath

* Weaknesses and strengths after each section

* Aquinas

* Situation ethics

* Kant

* Utilitarianism - Stuart Mill, Bentham

* Hume

* Nietzsche

* Conclusion

An acceptance of the practice of Voluntary Euthanasia is incompatible with the Christian belief in the Sanctity of Life but not with the attitudes of some ethical philosophers. Discuss.

'No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'.1 Imagine at the age of 40, you are diagnosed with Motor neurone disease, a fatal disease that causes degeneration of the motor neurones, which leads the wasting of muscles. You are intellectually sound but totally dependant on your spouse for physical support. You are aware of the fact that your death is imminent and will probably be painful, suffering from severe breathing problems and pneumonia before slipping into a coma. By the age of 42 you want to end your life, leaving

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