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Under what circumstances if any do you approve of Euthanasia?

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Sam Williamson 11T Religious Studies Coursework Under what circumstances if any do you approve of Euthanasia? The word 'euthanasia' comes from the Greek words 'eu' and 'thanatos', which together mean 'a good death'. Today, the meaning of 'euthanasia' has widened, to include how that good death is brought about. Specifically, 'euthanasia' is understood to mean a good death brought about by a doctor providing drugs or an injection to bring a peaceful end to the dying process. In trying to make my decision I had to take into account the following: The issue of voluntary euthanasia takes in medical, legal, ethical, political, individual and practical considerations. On one level, it is an academic debate, with experts battling it out about the pros and cons of assisted dying. ...read more.

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But, most importantly, we should remember that this is also a personal debate. For the terminally ill, the issue of voluntary euthanasia is often not about ethical or legal considerations. It is about the choices that they are able - or unable - to make at the end of their lives. For those few who would like to be able to opt for voluntary euthanasia, this is not a dry academic debate. It is an emotional and deeply individual debate about what the right choice is for them. The Voluntary Euthanasia Society campaigns for a change in the UK law to allow voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in certain strictly defined circumstances. ...read more.

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The late Rev. Dr Leslie Weatherhead, a Methodist Having read this I realised that I myself believe in What Dr Weatherhead said, I believe like he does it is wrong to keep someone alive against there will when they have a terminal disease. If someone is facing a long painful death in a hospital, which people can find depressing and uncomfortable, why make him or her suffer more if they have asked to have a kind death? Personally I would not be able to do this and under these circumstances I believe that a doctor giving their patient an overdose is a more humane way of allowing a patient to die ...read more.

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