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Should Voluntary Euthanasia be allowed in the U.K.?

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´╗┐Should Voluntary Euthanasia be allowed, by law, in the U.K? Assisted Suicide, also called Voluntary Euthanasia, is currently a contentious issue in many countries. The question in the debate is this: if a terminally ill person decides that they wish to end their life, is it acceptable for others to assist them? This would normally take the form of a doctor administering a lethal injection, which would end their life painlessly. A clear distinction must be made with involuntary euthanasia, by which someone is ?put down? against their wishes, and which is simply murder by another name. To this date, voluntary euthanasia is not allowed in the U.K. Most people, if determined to end their lives go to Dignitas. ...read more.


This was certainly the case with Ms Alison Dais. She had several severe disabilities and used a wheelchair full time. She was taking morphine, a powerful pain relief drug for her severe spinal pain. She objects to euthanasia because, had it been available when she wanted to die, 19 years ago, when doctors wrongly believed she was terminally ill, than she would have been robbed of some of the best years of her life. She thinks that if euthanasia were legal, doctors would take people like her, who would qualify for euthanasia, at their word, who say they want to die. Also some people think that, several years down the line, that it would be a situation where other people could also make the decision about whether someone lives or dies. ...read more.


There are also many arguments for voluntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia provides a painless dignified death and also means you can die with your family around them in a loving atmosphere. It would also spare families the agony of watching someone they love die a slow painful death In my opinion, I do not think that euthanasia should be allowed in the U.K. as I think it would put the elderly population of our country at risk from being force into euthanasia. However, if someone was in incredible pain and wanted to end their life they should be able to know that by going to Dignitas or any other euthanasia clinic, that their relatives will not be prosecuted for ?assisting? them. ...read more.

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