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Should Euthanasia be legalised in the UK? One of the biggest controversies in the UK today is Euthanasia

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Should Euthanasia be legalised in the UK? One of the biggest controversies in the UK today is Euthanasia. Arguments about Euthanasia often hinge on the 'right to life' and 'right to die', should it be legalised? Originally the word Euthanasia meant 'a gentle and easy death', however nowadays it is 'the act of inducing an easy death'. Why the change in meaning and everybody's new found view that Euthanasia is in fact murder? Many people have diverse views on the issue. Humanists live by moral principles and promote happiness and fulfillment in this life; they believe that voluntary euthanasia is morally correct, whilst upholding the need for safeguards to prevent involuntary euthanasia. Other religious groups such as Christians and Roman Catholics use phrases like 'the sanctity of life' to justify their view that life has fundamental value and must not be destroyed. They think that there is a moral distinction between active euthanasia and omissions, which cause death (passive euthanasia), only passive is ethically permissible. ...read more.

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Some argue that if we permit voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia will soon follow, this is called 'the slippery slope' or 'the thin end of the wedge' argument. However, involuntary and voluntary euthanasia are very different actions and I don't believe that this would be the case. Voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed has requested it; involuntary euthanasia is when the person hasn't requested to die. Another key idea is the costs involved. Our hospitals are basically wasting thousands of pounds on patients who don't really want to be there! Drugs that are used in euthanasia only cost around �30 whereas it could cost up to �30 000 to treat a patient properly just so they can lie there in pain, being fed through a tube. People have the right to do as they wish in this life, we are, after all, born free and equal in dignity and rights and if staying alive forces us to lose our dignity, it is surely up to ourselves to choose our course? ...read more.

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But isn't euthanasia about dignity? If we kept English Sterling because of dignity then why can't we change the euthanasia laws and stop English citizens' dignity being crushed by the arms of medicine? Euthanasia is ethically correct, but not politically correct, since when does politics come into a person's life choice? It doesn't. In conclusion, euthanasia is the right course in most medical situations. It allows people the chance to free themselves from the pain and agony they would otherwise undergo. Therefore I believe voluntary euthanasia should be legalized in the UK as people are, in fact, born free and have their own rights. People shouldn't be forced to stay alive if it's not what they want, nevertheless others do not have the right to take that away from them. Put yourself in a terminally ill patient's shoes, what would you choose: life in a hospital bed, suffering from pain and discomfort being fed through a drip, barely alive or an easy, peaceful death? Word Count: 829 words. ?? ?? ?? ?? Naomi Wood 5/3/2007 1 ...read more.

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