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Should Euthanasia be legalised?

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Should Euthanasia be legalised? This essay will explore several different and varied opinions about whether or not euthanasia should be legalised. Euthanasia is the Greek word for easy death, but is often referred to as mercy killing. There are two main forms of euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is when a terminally ill patient expresses the wish to be euthenised. Active euthanasia is when a Doctor decides that it is in the best interest of the patient to be euthenised. All forms of euthanasia are illegal in Great Britain; however in Holland, Switzerland, Oregon in the U.S and the northern territories of Australia, voluntary and assisted euthanasia has been legalised in recent years. Firstly most Religious groups are opposed to euthanasia, because it is seen as murder. Christians and Jews in particularly are against euthanasia because in 'the ten commandments' it is written that 'you must not kill'. ...read more.

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In addition to the argument that pro-longing life by treatment can prolong suffering it can also be argued that the psychological effects of long-term suffering have been studied and researched by psychoanalysts over the past ten years and it has been proved that long-term suffering can cause great psychological damage to a terminally ill patient. Allowing mental and physical suffering to continue for a long period of time is possibly worse than death. However there are altruistic concerns which link these cases to the programme introduced by Hitler in 1939. In this incident however 250,000 people were gassed, mostly the physically or mentally sick or the elderly. They however were not killed to relieve suffering, but because they were unable to work. Contrary to this Hitler was not trying to relieve the terminally ill of pain and suffering. He was a fascist and wanted to rid Germany and then the World, of people who he considered "different". ...read more.

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He had attended the suicides of twenty eight people. He believed that what he was doing was right and he gave the prosecution a video tape of himself administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man who wished to die. In conclusion I believe that voluntary euthanasia should be legalised because if you have a very poor quality of life then you should be able to have the right to end it. I agree with the Roman Catholic opinion that there is no need to prolong life by treatment which will only prolong the suffering. I also think that only Doctors should be allowed to assist with euthanasia, otherwise euthanasia may be used lightly when it is not necessarily the only option. Until euthanasia is legalised there will continue to be unnecessary arrests of people who thought that they were helping, by euthenising terminally ill people who had little or no chance of ever recovering from their illness, and may have had to suffer for a great deal longer. ...read more.

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