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

"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 or some medical practitioners." Discuss.

Extracts from this document...


AS Religious Studies Coursework Essay. "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 or some medical practitioners." Discuss. Euthanasia is defined as: the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy (Merriam-Webster online dictionary). www.Euthanasia.com describes each of the types of euthanasia in the following terms. Non-voluntary: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. Euthanasia: the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. (The key word here is "intentional". If death is not intended, it is not an act of euthanasia) Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed, this may also come in the form of a living will. This is a will, which, in great detain, outlines possible circumstances and outcomes a patient may wish their doctors or carers abide by. ...read more.


If she refused, the pain would have been incredible, however her death would come sooner. This would be an acceptable situation to the Roman Catholic Church, however it would mean Diane would have to endure incredible pain, the primary thing that she wanted to avoid. This is an example of passive euthanasia; the patient and doctors would do nothing to allow the patient to die sooner, however this doesn't conform to the view that euthanasia is a good or easy death. "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government."... Thomas Jefferson; the third President of the USA. This may be a prime reason why euthanasia is illegal all over the world accept in Holland and Belgium. Many governments feel that to legalise euthanasia would begin a slippery slope to legalised killing of societies weakest members. Including the elderly and disabled. The Christian protestant view of euthanasia tends to be slightly more relaxed. A lower percentage of Protestants disagree with euthanasia, because they feel that in some circumstances, to put a person through unnecessary pain and suffering is wrong. ...read more.


If you have not experienced the pain then how can you know? The CMF (Christian medical fellowship) published an article on Physician assisted suicide in 2000. This article goes against Prettys' view. CMF make the point that distress and pain can sometimes cause bad decisions, and a person's true autonomy may be abandoned. However CMF also states that to have personal autonomy is NOT the same s saying that people have the right to do whatever they like. Therefore to ask for PAS would not be right because it impinges on the doctors' autonomy, and that of their families and friends. Legalisation of PAS would give doctors enormous new powers over life and death. This has the real possibility of removing the patient's innate trust in their doctor. This could result in the elderly and other of societies weakest members becoming scared of going to their practitioners for relief of a simple cold. Trust will be lost. Finally, the CMF concludes that 'Rejection of euthanasia as an option for the individual entails a compelling social responsibility to care adequately for those who are elderly, dying or disabled. A good death is not the same as simply having a convenient one.' ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Euthanasia 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 GCSE Euthanasia essays

  1. The Issues of Euthanasia in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    Emerson feels that he would be killing his patient if he allowed him to be discharged from the hospital, and that is totally against a Doctors teaching. Dr. Emerson's stubbornness about discharging Ken would not change, and he continued to say that, "That's impossible," for Ken to be discharged.

  2. The belief regarding the sanctity of life means that our lives are very precious ...

    And lower to them the wing of humility out of compassion, and say: my Lord, bestow on them Your mercy even as they cherished me in childhood" (Qur'an 17:25- 25)

  1. My hypothesis: Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK.I am going to answer a ...

    that in the case of involuntary Euthanasia (where a family member has to choose for the patient whether to end the patient's life). I think this because although the patient may not be able to communicate, they may not want to be euthanized.

  2. “An acceptance of the practice ofvoluntary euthanasia is incompatible with Christian belief in the ...

    There are also many technical terms associated with euthanasia. Double effect or DDE is when a treatment is administered with the intention of prolonging life, but as a side effect of the treatment the patient dies (indirectly). PAS or Physician assisted suicide is when a doctor will administer a drug

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    The last question and the whole questionnaire proves that being a Christian doesn't necessarily mean that they are against euthanasia. Is Euthanasia ever justified? Euthanasia has been such a controversial topic because this issue is so complicated and so complex.

  2. What are the religious and ethical considerations to the issue of euthanasia?

    Most people would like to imagin their family members and ourselves having the least painful death and some argue this for a reason to make euthanasia legal. Euthanaisa shows mercy for those suffereing with intolerable pain from an incureable disease.

  1. Euthanasia and types of euthanasia

    public prosecutions to prosecute her husband if he helps her to commit suicide. Richard Lamerton, a spokesman of one of the campaigners against legalising euthanasia added, "Once you have killed somebody they have no rights and no choice. It would leave the door open to all sorts of dubious decisions

  2. One of the main reasons behind the euthanasia ethical debate is the difference between ...

    to stay alive if they do not wish to be (Reasons for Euthanasia 2011). As euthanasia is seen as immoral, and in most countries is illegal, it is rarely performed. However, some people no longer wish to stay alive, and believe they should be able to receive euthanasia.

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