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How Eastenders dealt with Euthanasia.

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How Eastenders dealt with Euthanasia. Soap operas deal with moral and religious issues nearly every other week from abortion to murder. Eastenders is just one of many tackling these issues, during 2000 - 2001 Eastenders dealt with issues surrounding the death of Ethel Skinner. Euthanasia is a world wide controversy, making headlining news, whether euthanasia should become legal or not as many terminally ill cancer sufferers wish to have the choose to die with dignity not in pain, Up to now no one has legally achieved this in the UK. In Ethel's case she was suffering from a brain tumour and had not long to live and knew that before long she would lose her mental powers, consequential by resulting in memory loss, which frightened her. So she decides to put aside her morphine tablets and when the time was right she would take them all at once, One of her closest friends Dot, realised what she's doing and takes the medication off her. ...read more.


Dot decides that the best way to be punished is to confess everything to the police. The police can find no real evidence as Ethel was on high doses of morphine causing 'Double Effect' as when someone is taking a high dose of morphine continuously like Ethel, the drug will eventually kill the person and also Ethel's body had been cremated. Dot, they felt, was her best friend that had nursed her and was now confused. After Dot tells Pauline her close friend what she has done, this shocks Pauline, as Dot pleads her case to Pauline saying, " She begged me, She made me promise. I knew it was wrong, but I saw it in her eyes. She always had that sparkle, but it was not there any more... just suffering" Pauline retorts saying " And what if she had asked you to put a pillow over her face? ...read more.


All Christians agree that euthanasia is wrong. They believe in the sanctity of life, which Dot referred to. All Churches teach that euthanasia is a grave sin. However, not all Christians are in agreement about whether it is acceptable when patients are incurably ill and are only being kept alive by intrusive treatment. Nor is there agreement about people who are in a persistent, vegetative state or brain dead. Where as Jews use the same teaching on abortion to oppose euthanasia. The sixth commandment very clearly states, " You must not kill!" However, some rabbis would not oppose the switching -off of a life support machine in the case of "not striving officiously to keep alive." Their argument is that if someone strives officiously to keep someone alive, then they are interfering with a natural process and against the workings of God's will. " If there is anything which causes a hindrance to the departure of the soul. Then it is permissible to remove it." Rabbi Moses Isseries Fiona Houghton ...read more.

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