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Should Euthanasia be legalised?

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Should Euthanasia be legalised? Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly putting to death people who have incurable, painful, or distressing diseases or handicaps. It comes from the Greek words for good and death, and is commonly called mercy killing. Euthanasia may occur when incurably ill people ask their doctor, or a friend or relative, to help them to die. Active euthanasia is illegal in the United States, Canada, and almost all other countries. Most religious groups consider it suicide or murder and, therefore, immoral. Some supporters of euthanasia claim that it allows a person to die with dignity instead of being kept barely alive by artificial means. An alternative to euthanasia is the withholding of most types of medical treatment which allows the patient to die naturally, and it is usually legal. This is currently against the law in the United Kingdom although it was recently a very large story line in the television soap "Eastenders". In the program, an elderly lady asked her best friend to help her kill herself because she had terminal cancer. ...read more.

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If it is murder, the person who helped the person to die would be prosecuted, this makes it hard for anyone to do this for fear of going to jail. On the other hand, if it is deemed suicide the person would not be able to be buried in church grounds: this may put a lot of people off even attempting it. These religious groups feel that because only God should have the power to give life, then only God should have the power to take life away. Some people argue that because the person is so ill and delusional then they do not know what they are saying; therefore you can't act upon their statement. In some cases this may be true; for example, if a patient is suffering from severe pain, he or she may ask someone to help them die because the pain is affecting their ability to think rationally. If the person carries out this deed they may be left wondering if it was the right thing to do or not. ...read more.

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On the other hand it is deemed cruel by a lot of people to keep anyone living against their will, for example you wouldn't keep a dog alive if it had a terminal illness because that would be cruel. The church say that it is wrong to take your own, or somebody else's, but surely "God" would rather someone be peaceful and comfortable than living on in pain. In conclusion I personally feel that the practice of euthanasia should be perfectly acceptable for the world in the twenty first century in which we are now living. I think that the government need to work in conjunction with the Medical Ethical committee, who decide whether it is morally right for doctors to be put in the position of making life or death decisions concerning us, to find a way to put laws in force to make sure this practise is not misused. Why should the government have the right to say whether someone can be put out of their misery if they have an incurable illness? ENGLISH COURSEWORK - DISCURSIVE WRITING By Aran Stewart 1 ...read more.

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