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Is Euthanasia Right or Wrong?

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Is Euthanasia Right Or Wrong? The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is the one of the most public policy issues being debated in modern society. Formally called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing nature to take its course. Basically euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion. It can be voluntary, passive, or positive. Voluntary involves a request by the dying patient or their legal representative. Passive involves, doing nothing to prevent death-allowing someone to die. Positive involves taking deliberate action to cause a death. Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal throughout the world except from in the State of Oregon, where there is a law specifically allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the purpose of death. In Holland it is practised far and wide, although in fact it remains illegal. I believe that everyone has the right to choose how they choose to live their lives. Everyone deserves respect, freedom and the power to control their own destiny. Not everybody will have an easy death. Some terminal pain cannot be controlled, even with the best of care and the strongest of drugs. ...read more.


Christians believe that we are made in the image of God and therefore human life is God's gift to us and is uniquely precious, we are not the owners of life but it's minders, we belong to God because he made us. Many religions follow this belief; so do not believe in suicide and assisted dying. The opposition to euthanasia does not mean that people insist on medical treatment at all costs. Good medical practise is the alternative. Sometimes a distinction is made between active euthanasia (e.g. Giving a lethal injection) and positive euthanasia (withdrawing treatment). However it is false to describe withholding or discontinuing treatment as euthanasia unless it is done with the intention of killing the patient. Sometimes a treatment may be properly withdrawn even with the patient's consent. When a sick or elderly patient asks for euthanasia, psychological and emotional pressures can sometimes be to blame. How can we be sure it is what they really want and not just because they feel a burden to their families? Many believe that if controlled euthanasia were legalised, society would soon allow uncontrolled euthanasia. This is based on the idea that if we change the law to allow a person to help someone die, we would not be able to control it. ...read more.


I would not want to see them suffer, but this is only what I think now. I have never been in such a situation, and hope I never will, but if I was maybe I would hold a completely different view. Although, if a dog or cat is suffering, the vet is called and the animal is put to sleep. The owner is upset over the loss but they feel that they have done the right thing, by putting the pet out its misery. I do not think we can look at human life in the same way alternatively, as humans are treated better than animals and have more respect. But what is better, letting someone suffer a long-lasting and very painful life, or allowing him or her to die with dignity, in peace and without pain? This issue needs a lot of thought. Many people agree with controlled euthanasia, many disagree but there is also a large amount of people undecided on the matter. The time will come when the Government and medical services will have to open their eyes to euthanasia, and there will be a lot of debate on the subject. Until then the euthanasia debate will continue to linger, like a terminal disease. By Steven Kilburn 11x ...read more.

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