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Should Euthanasia be Legalised, Discuss.

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´╗┐Amit Wangoo 13/02/2013 3.5 ?Euthanasia should be legalised? The word Euthanasia stems from the Greek, phrase ?euthanatos?, which in turn means a gentle and easy death. In the modern world, Euthanasia refers to when a person choses to have their life ended, usually due to the fact that they are suffering or are terminally ill from for example cancer or motor neurone disease. It is in some ways the humane way of ending someone?s life. Euthanasia is only legal in three countries, they are Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, however Euthanasia is debated widely by many countries into whether it should be legalised or not. Euthanasia is illegal in Britain. To kill another person deliberately is murder or manslaughter, even if the other person asks you to kill them and anyone doing so could potentially face 14 years in prison. In the countries that it is legal there are two types of Euthanasia; voluntary and involuntary. I will now be talking about a Christian response on the issue and any alternative arguments. Voluntary euthanasia is when the person concerned asks them to aid and assist them to die. The person may persuade another person to help them end their life, or in some cases write a living will which explains their wishes to someone if they were in such a situation that they were unable to communicate to them. ...read more.

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However, many Christians believe that suffering and pain are part of life and not a reason to choose to end your life. They believe that God should be trusted life and that God loves all humans in any way, even if they are terminally ill. We see this in the bible when God has said: ?Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.? Hebrew 13:5. Some Christians believe that humans should die with dignity and they should die naturally, this also is a way of showing complete loyalty and faith in God. Christian denominations support the hospice movement that were developed for people to die in dignity. They are places for terminally ill people who are cared for in such a way that they and their family feel no pain at all and may die in peacefully with comfort and dignity. In the same fashion the Church of England highly supports the hospice movement believing they are places of compassion and support. Despite this, people argue that if suicide is legal then why isn?t euthanasia? It is a more humane of ending someone?s life than suicide. Euthanasia is a much kinder way that forcing someone to continue their life of suffering. Not only does it eases the suffering of the patient but also eases the pain of the family who have to watch their relative go through agony. ...read more.

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Furthermore, I do think that the main reason Christians draw different views on Euthanasia is due that particular person?s experience. For example, a Christian may know or have a relative or friend who has had a terminal illness and were not able to end their life but continue to suffer. It would therefore alter that person?s view on the legislation of euthanasia and they may draw different conclusions, to euthanasia. Other Christians may also believe in eugenics and would see it fit to kill anyone who could be harmful to the evolution of the human race. In conclusion I personally belief is that euthanasia should be legalised in Britain but perhaps not in LEDC?s (Less Economical Developed Country) seeing as the process of euthanasia may be abused and would not work. I believe that everyone has a right to choose if they want to end their life, however I only think that it should be allowed if no quality of life can continue, for example if someone is paralytic and cannot do anything. I have a high respect for hospices and support the hospice movement seeing as I have had past experiences with them. I believe that if euthanasia is legalised it has to be regulated heavily by the doctors and patients should not be pressurised by anyone to end their life and however ill they may be, they have to right to choose whether they wish to live or die. ...read more.

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