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Should Euthanasia be legalised in Britain?

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Euthanasia Should Euthanasia be legalised in Britain? The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. Is that not how we would like our end to be? Unfortunately, Euthanasia is one of the most controversial issues being debated about in society today. Formally called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone to die, instead of allowing nature to take it's course. Basically, euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion. We would all agree that every human being has the right to life; it is the most basic and fundamental of all our rights, and with every right comes a choice. I firmly believe that everyone has the right to choose how he or she live and die. Every one deserves respect, freedom and the power to control their own destiny. Yet, not everybody will have an easy death. Some terminal pain cannot be controlled, even with the best of care and the strongest of drugs. Other distressing symptoms, which come with disease, such as sickness, immobility, incontinence, breathlessness and fever cannot always be relieved. Pain is not always the issue- quality of life is too. Those against euthanasia say that it is morally wrong and against God's plan. ...read more.

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These patients are left lingering, until eventually they die. These conditions are hard for me to accept. I strongly believe that if a patient asks a doctor in earnest to perform euthanasia, that they must give great consideration to this request. I reiterate; pain is not the key issue- quality of life is. I see the non-legislation of euthanasia as causing pain and heartbreak for families and friends who have to watch in misery as the person they love suffers in great agony or simply just slips further away from them into a coma. Obviously, the pain of losing a close relative or loved one is indescribable. This person is gone and many people come to terms with it, but often a larger trauma, which causes more grief, is having to watch that person suffer while you look on hopelessly with no chance of easing their pain. When finally that person dies, their relatives good memories may be overrun by the memories of that persons last few days of agony and misery, when all they could do was watch them suffer and loose dignity. As I said earlier, everyone would like to die with dignity. A classic example of the whole reason as to why euthanasia should be legalised is Sue Rodriguez, a mother in her early thirties. ...read more.

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We could have been punished by the law if we kept an animal alive in similar physical conditions." Never was a truer word spoken. Also, from a purely economical point of view, the financial cost of long term medical and nursing care is significant. Euthanasia removes the necessity for this type of care allowing funds saved to be spent elsewhere where life may be usefully preserved. All the reasons I have outlined convince me that it is crucial to society as a whole, and to individuals in particular that euthanasia be legalised. We think of ourselves as a caring society, one that does not believe in causing pain and suffering, but if this is the case then why is there still a debate on the issue of euthanasia being legalised? I simply cannot understand how anyone with a conscience can stand by and watch a human being whose mind and body have been plagued by disease, and not give them the choice of leaving behind pain, indignity and despair. I reiterate; euthanasia should be available to whoever requests it if the circumstances justify it. We need to put an end to this inhumane and barbaric law. Gemma Nicol Page 1 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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