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Describe different responses to Euthanasia.

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Austin Finnegan 4T Euthanasia Past Paper Question 1) Describe different responses to Euthanasia. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word to 'die well'. In everyday speech, euthanasia is described as the act of killing a person who is suffering from a distressing mental or physical condition. Many people get the meaning of Euthanasia wrong and they think it includes stopping treatment, treating pain, or switching off respirators, this is not euthanasia. Euthanasia is where a doctor or friend intentionally ends a person's life to 'finish their suffering', this is euthanasia. There are two types of euthanasia, 'voluntary' and 'compulsory'. Voluntary euthanasia is where a person makes the decision to end his/her life, whereas compulsory euthanasia is where someone else (usually a doctor, or family member) makes that decision. There are many different responses to euthanasia. According to Christian belief, all human life is sacred as people were made as God's special creation and each individual person is known by God who plans their lives and decides how long they should live. The bible explains this in Psalm 139:16: "...your eyes saw my unformed body. ...read more.

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2) Explain why people may disagree with the request of a patient dying of cancer for euthanasia. There are many views on euthanasia and with these varying views, there comes disagreement. There are four main views. There is absolute pro-life who believe that euthanasia is always wrong on moral or religious grounds or both. 'Religious' pro-life teach that Euthanasia is never good and can be an escape from important religious experience. Another view is the view from the moderate pro-choice view, this is that euthanasia is undesirable, but on rare occasions it may be justified. The last main view is the absolute pro-choice view and this is that moral principle of choice says that euthanasia should be the free decision of the patient. The only group that says that euthanasia is unacceptable under all circumstances is the Absolute Pro-Choice group. The Religious pro-life only accept it if there is no cure, the moderate pro-choice view shows that euthanasia is acceptable when the patient has clearly requested it, where pain or suffering cannot be relieved or when there is no cure. Absolute Pro-Choice hold the view that euthanasia is only acceptable when the patient has clearly requested it. ...read more.

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Although this scenario seems unlikely, when talking in terms of euthanasia, this is very important. I also hold the same view as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society that every person has the right to die without pain and with dignity. I also believe the view that euthanansia is kind because if a patient was in such a state that they could not say they wanted to commit euthanasia someone needs to help them and take their needs into account and act for them. Others may disagree with me because a patient may not be in a fit state to make a thoughtful decision and would therefore say what they have not thought about carefully. This way it is murder as it is not what the patient really wants. Others also hold the view that with the development of medicine, a cure could be found tomorrow and it would be kinder to let a patient hang on so that when a cure is found they live a happy life whereas they could be dead. However, I still believe that I am right because when a patient has a terminal disease, they have a terrible and agonising time ahead and it is only kind to put them out of their misery instead of dye a slow and painful death. ...read more.

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