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Does Euthanasia Have A Place In A Civilised Society, Or Is It Simply Legalised Murder?

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Does Euthanasia Have A Place In A Civilised Society, Or Is It Simply Legalised Murder? Euthanasia beyond any doubt does not have a place in our civilised society. It is undoubtedly murder and people who are severely disabled or terminally ill should unquestionably still die naturally. Euthanasia is the act of causing somebody to die gently and without pain. there are two types of euthanasia. One is active euthanasia which involves a lethal injection given to someone who is severely disabled or terminally ill. The other is passive euthanasia which involves doctors to withdraw all treatment to their patients. To begin with many people decide to end their lives when they are told they have a life threatening disease. This will lead to them assuming there life will turn into misery but most people fail to realise that doctors can make wrong diagnosis. An incident like this has occurred at St Joseph's Hospice. A statement for this incident said "Last year fourteen patients were admitted to St Joseph's Hospice having been diagnosed as suffering from advanced cancer - they were found to have no cancer or the cancer was in such an early stage that it was amenable to treatment.". ...read more.

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Also euthanasia may prevent the future generation of doctors in joining the profession. This could be a major problem for the NHS and other medical services as they are already short of staff. Many critics of euthanasia will agree with this point as did Dr Peggy Norris who says that if euthanasia is legalised, many objections on moral grounds could mean "poor job prospects for doctors who weren't willing to kill their patient on request. This is recipe for a nightmare." I am convinced that if euthanasia is legalised it will prevent patients travelling to the hospitals. There is conclusive evidence for this statement as Dr Peggy Norris, a GP of Liverpool, has claimed that in Holland were euthanasia is practised, some elderly people have to be counselled before they go into hospitals because they are frightened they will be "put down". This makes it clear that euthanasia will affect many people. Another reason that euthanasia should most definitely not be legalised is because allowing such practice will immediately open up great dangers of abuse by doctors and relatives similar to the case of Dr Harold Shipmen who killed numerous of patients by giving patients injections which included methadone. ...read more.

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This without doubt is murder. Euthanasia is a controversial, debatable and thought-provoking issue. Euthanasia without a shadow of doubt should remain illegal and people who are suffering in agony should fight until they die naturally. With the highly effective painkillers now available there is never any need for the terminally ill to suffer any pain. Use of painkillers, not euthanasia, is the answer to terminal illness. Disability and illness should most definitely not be the answer for euthanasia. If euthanasia is legalised : How would you decide whether to give a patient euthanasia or not? However much a patient is suffering, it is the role of a physician that all doctors have to swear to cure diseases and restore patients to health, not to kill them. Doctors should not be forced to compromise their professional oath or be put under pressure on deciding whether to give a patient euthanasia or not. Power will be misplaced and accidents will occur. If euthanasia is legalised, only in the future would we realise what an appalling, abysmal and outrageous decision we made. Euthanasia will lead to major disputes in our civilised society. Fasal Akbar ...read more.

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