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Is Euthanasia morally acceptable?

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Contents Page 3) Introduction and Reasons for Research 5) Secondary Research 6) Primary Research 10) Is the Euthanasia decision influenced by religious beliefs? 13) Should people be forced to stay alive? 15) Who wants and needs euthanasia? 17) Overall Conclusion - Hypothesis answer 19) Evaluation 21) Bibliography Introduction I chose euthanasia as a topic because it is something close to my heart because recently my Grandmother died recently, she hadn't been well for several years now, and one thing my dad said is 'That's what she's been wanting for the last few years'. So I wanted to find all I could about euthanasia and the arguments for and against it. When coming up with my Primary question I had to choose one that would bring about plenty of options for secondary questions and so I could get the best range of results to draw conclusions from. I decided upon:- Is Euthanasia morally acceptable? My secondary questions 1) Is the Euthanasia decision influenced by religious beliefs? - A lot of this is secondary research because there are not representatives of very many religions in our area. 2) Should people be forced to stay alive? - This question looks at the idea of living wills and how should they be honoured? 3) Who are the mostly likely candidates for Euthanasia? - This question is mainly primary research based, finding out what people think about conditions where euthanasia is permissible and who is viable for it. Euthanasia fits into Key idea 4 in the Cultures and Beliefs unit which explores how different groups have different views on topical issues and euthanasia fits into the category of topical issue. Secondary Research T wo of my secondary sources are from text books such as 'Issues: The Ethics of Euthanasia' so therefore they would be expected to be a fair and unbiased judge of both sides as they are a teaching aid and unless the school is religious the school will want to be fair to both sides of the argument. ...read more.


From the graphs below it is clear that not everyone who belongs to a religion believes that only God has the right to give and take life. This may be due to many things but one thing I know that has changed the way I feel on this topic is how religions are changing to become more adept to the modern world. Religious beliefs do affect a person's view on a subject but their view is not just affected by their religion and that the views of the said religion can be out-weighed by other factors and thus do not have the same viewpoint that their religion says they should have. Should people be forced to stay alive? T here is lots of evidence and arguments for this question. Source E investigates the legal problems of being allowed to die by living wills, indicating that the sufferer should be forced to stay alive. It talks of how relatives can give the word for someone, who can not decided for themselves to die, but how these relatives may be beneficiaries of the will and so may not be doing it for merciful purposes. Thus people in such states should be forced to stay alive for fear of fraud. My primary research questionnaire flagged up other arguments of what the public think if people should be forced to stay alive. When people were asked should living wills be honoured the majority said yes however when they were asked if one of their relatives were in a PVS would they have given permission for feeding to be removed only 15% said yes, 50% said unsure and the remaining 35% said no. This conflicts what they said earlier somewhat, although I can sympathise that not many people will know what they would do in such a situation without actually being in it. Source D presents a commonly used argument against Euthanasia, 'the slippery slope' argument. ...read more.


The article from the web is also unreliable as it is possible for anyone to publish anything on the web without reasonable assumption or evidence especially if it were statistics. My Primary Research My primary research consisted of a questionnaire asked to twenty people of two age groups and sexes. It did not really achieve what I had hoped it would achieve due to the local are being ethnically biased. It would have best been used to certify if the public where aware of everything about euthanasia, but as it happens I did not have a secondary question regarding the publics knowledge of euthanasia thus rendering a few of the questions obsolete, nevertheless I managed to work some of it into my answers exploring if people should be forced to stay alive. When I decided on a sample I decide for five for each group; young male and young female, mature male and mature female. In doing this I thought I would talk about different age group's answers differ between them but then I realised that it was impossible to uncover any trends with so few in each group and that talking about why they might differ may be going off the subject somewhat. The Write up In writing up the secondary questions and conclusion I found that after talking about all of my sources and what I could draw from them, it still felt that they were lacked something. There wasn't enough factual information; they were dull and boring to attempt to read without any images apart from graphs. In the remaining time I had I managed to go back and find a suitable image to make my secondary questions all the more pleasing on the eye and even used them as a stimulus in places. Bibliography and Appendix When I was collecting my sources I was careless and didn't properly collect the data needed for my Bibliography such as author and date of publication. So I had to go round rediscovering all of my sources which took up a lot of time. ...read more.

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