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Euthanasia - the views of EXIT and Christians

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Respect for Life: Euthanasia Kirsty Kee Euthanasia is the process of causing intentional death to relieve the suffering of a person who may be terminally ill or in immense pain. In the UK it is illegal. There are two types of euthanasia: passive, which is withdrawing a life support machine, or active, which is a direct action taken to end a life. Explain why the organisation known as EXIT (The Voluntary Euthanasia Society) seeks to change the law on accepting euthanasia. EXIT wants to alter the British laws on euthanasia, so that a patient is able to choose their final wish. They do not support involuntary euthanasia and hope that voluntary euthanasia will not lead to involuntary. EXIT believes that it is immoral and a disregard of human rights to deny a person control over their life, and patients should have some control over when and under what circumstances they die. ...read more.

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They believe that it is God's responsibility when a person dies, and that it should not be in the control of others. The Bible states that humans are not to decide when they die: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted." Ecclesiastes 3:1-4. Killing another person, if it is for mercy, is still murder in many Christian's eyes. Murder is forbidden by the Bible by the Sixth Commandment. It is disturbing to some Christians that a person, in the image of God, would take a life like this with little conscience and almost no moral significance. They see life as a precious, sacred gift and do not believe it should be discarded easily. If a person wants to die before their time has come, Christians see it as offending God and not using his gift to the greatest of their ability. ...read more.

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merciful deaths (coup de grace) on the battlefield may become accepted. Some lives, such as the disabled, may not be properly valued. Medical staff may abuse their power, administering euthanasia instead of preserving life. Consequently, voluntary euthanasia may eventually lead to involuntary. Furthermore, the mentally disabled may be unable to have an involvement in the decision, and would be vulnerable. In the case of a person who is becoming mentally incapacitated, a proxy may be required, and the patient would lose control. If the proxy was a family member, they may become frustrated and agree to their death in order to gain an inheritance. Other vulnerable elderly patients may be pressurised into agreeing to euthanasia by their family who are anticipating an inheritance. John currently does not need to consider euthanasia. If he did his family may suffer a painful sense of loss. As John is a member of the church, he should respect the church's view. A better alternative would be to live in a hospice, where he can avoid worrying about being a burden on his family. ...read more.

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