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Voluntary Euthanasia

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Introduction

Euthanasia is the word used to describe the practice of ending the life of a person who is suffering from an incurable disease or handicap (E.g. Cancer) using painless methods. The intention of this is to avoid prolonging a persons suffering and pain. It can also be referred to as 'mercy killing'. Euthanasia is illegal throughout the world. There are five different types of euthanasia, voluntary, involuntary, compulsory, passive and active. Voluntary Euthanasia This is when a patient decides to end their own life, they may be incapable or scared of attempting suicide so they enlist the help of a relative of friend. Involuntary Euthanasia This is when others, usually the courts, doctor or family member make the decision to end a patients life, as they are incapable of doing it themselves. E.g. if they are on a life support machine. Compulsory Euthanasia This is when Euthanasia has to be performed because a person has a certain illness or reached a certain age and is no longer considered to have a purpose or use in life. No country will allow compulsive euthanasia. Passive Euthanasia This is when no action is taken to prolong life, but no action is taken to end life. ...read more.

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"After sunset all who had friends who were sick, brought them to Jesus. Jesus placed his hands on every one of them and made them well." Christians get all there moral beliefs from the Bible. Any everyday problems they may face should be rectified from the teachings in the Bible, and applying them to modern day situations. This quote is an excellent example of advice if a Christian was ever faced with euthanasia. Jesus was sent to earth by God to give people hope and trust in God. If Jesus took the time to look after and nurse fellow Christians then so should we. Christians can, and do put their beliefs about euthanasia into action in many different ways. One of the most common and persuasive is to send a petition to the local M.P. This is usually quite effective, as the M.P must act on it, otherwise they will fear on losing votes. Some Christians, take their beliefs to a more violent level, maybe arson or suicide bombs. Though these are few and far between, I do not think that this would make people sit up and listen, as they are being hypocritical, and going against what they were protesting about in the first place. ...read more.

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Some people describe certain diseases as a torturous way to end life. Torture is no way for an innocent person to end their life. People should have the right to decide what to do with their own lives; if their decision is to end it then we should respect that decision. Christians would agree that "euthanasia can never be justified," as they believe euthanasia is morally wrong. Euthanasia goes against the sanctity of life, values and morals from the biblical and church teachings that they have been brought up with. I have mixed views on euthanasia. I believe that it is wrong to end a person's life without their consent, and I believe it is wrong to try to prolong a life that would not be fulfilled if the small chance of recovery happened. I believe that life support machines are a way of prolonging a life that has already passed away, and switching the machine off would not be wrong. I think that hospices are a good alternative to euthanasia, and would be a peaceful way to end life. Although my views are mixed, it would be hard to say what I would do faced with any form of euthanasia, in theory, I feel that my views are correct, but in practice I am not sure how I would react. ...read more.

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