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Explain what is meant by Euthanasia? What teachings might a Catholic use when discussing this moral issue?

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AO1 Explain what is meant by Euthanasia? What teachings might a Catholic use when discussing this moral issue? Euthanasia is known as the act of bringing about as easy death. In other words, it is when someone who is terminally ill, wants to end their suffering, so commits suicide or has someone kill them. In Britain, it is illegal for a doctor to deliberately give a patient a dose of medicine that will kill them. Euthanasia is not mentioned in the bible but certain Christians are guided by a number of passages. For example, life is a gift from God "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you", (Jeremiah 1:5). This would suggest that only God can start a life, and only God should be allowed to end one. From this Catholics would say that Euthanasia is taking the life of someone out of God's hands, and is therefore wrong. One of the Ten Commandments says, "Thou shall not kill". ...read more.

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Euthanasia is the help of killing someone else, in one-way or another. This is committing murder and illegal in the churches eyes. A02 What is the Hospice movement and how and why might Christians support it? A hospice is a place where people who have a terminal illness are treated until they die. The hospice movement specialises in pain control and the aim is to give people with painful and terminal diseases the best possible quality of life. The staff look after the patients and help them prepare for death. The hospice movement was developed from the concern of Christians that people should be helped to die with dignity. Catholics believe that deliberately to kill a dying is immoral. The hospices' duty is to be with them, to offer appropriate physical, emotional and spiritual help in their anxiety and depression, and to communicate through their presence and care that their human beings and the divine presence, support them. ...read more.

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In this situation, people should be able to die with dignity, than live a life not worth living. On the other hand, life is a gift from God, and that "each individual its steward." This means only God can start a life, and only God should be allowed to end one. An individual who commits suicide is committing sin. God does not send us any experience that we cannot handle. God supports people in suffering. To actively seek an end to one's life would represent a lack of trust in God's promise. Our life is in God's hands and Euthanasia is taking that away from him and destroying it. Surely, if God felt like it was own time to die, he would in a way he thought suitable. Overall, I think that Euthanasia is wrong because we should not be able to choose when we die. Life is a very precious gift and should not be thrown away. However, I can see reasons why people commit Euthanasia, I just do not agree with it. ...read more.

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