• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is meant by euthanasia?

Extracts from this document...


Euthanasia Euthanasia is popularly taken to mean the practise of helping severely-ill people die, either at their request or by the doctor deciding to withdraw life suport. Euthanasia is currently illegal in the United Kingdom and therefore medical workers refuse to help any patients in need. Euthanasia comes in different forms: voluntary and involuntary, involuntary being where a doctor, friends and family decide when the person involved cannot do so themselves and voluntary being where it is the person's own choice. There is also passive and active euthanasia. Passive is when the medication is discontinued and the patient eventually dies; active euthanasia is when the patient is given something to help them die, for example an injection. The word euthanasia comes from the Greek meaning "a good death." In the United Kingdom it is illegal to perform euthanasia but in other places like Holland it is allowed. ...read more.


Almost half of the doctor population agree with voluntary euthanasia. They would willingly end someones life if they were sure it was what the patient wanted. A survey showed that higher than 10% of doctors had already been involved in the death of a patient. If the patient is eventually going to have a slow and very painful death, why should they not have the right to happily die in a peaceful way? They should not have to go through a painful life if they know that eventually they will die and it will be severely painful. They should be entitled to the relief of their pain. When someone dies it should be with dignity and peace. Also, some people argue that there is no point in living if there is nothing to live for. Imagine, you are in hospital. As you cannot move due due paralysis, you are forced to lie in an uncomfortable bed day after day. ...read more.


Some people might say that if euthanasia was legalised, the system could be open to abuse. However, if it was to be introduced and strictly controlled, there would be little chance of abuse. Today, doctors are allowed to withold treatment or deny resuscitation but they do not do this because they need an extra bed or because the greedy relatives want to get their hands on the will. Recently, the family of Mary Oremerod praised her doctor after he had committed passive euthanasia. In conclusion, after investigating reasons for and gainst euthanasia, I still have my mind set on the legalisation of euthanasia. I believe that no other person should decide the fate of someone elses life. If someone is unconscious and cannot make their own decision, the doctor can perform involuntary euthanasia if the doctor believes that it is the best answer. People should not have to go through anything that they do not wish to go through. It is their life, nobody elses! ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Euthanasia section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Euthanasia essays

  1. My hypothesis: Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK.I am going to answer a ...

    religious views, articles about patients or people experiencing the choice of Euthanasia, arguments for and against, types of Euthanasia and the laws and regulations surrounding it at the time. As well as this I needed more information concerning different areas of Euthanasia.

  2. What is meant by euthanasia?

    In fact it is the same law as murder. So it is illegal to practice any type of euthanasia at the moment other than passive euthanasia. However in many cases of 'mercy killing', the charge has been reduced to manslaughter under S.2 (1)

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    Incurable diseases and extreme pain leading to death causes some to consider euthanasia however I hold the Christian view that each human being is a gift from God and that each one of us are sacred. Viktor Frankl in his book Man's Search for Meaning states; "A creative life and life of enjoyment are meaningful.

  2. Euthanasia should be legalised in Queensland under very strict conditions - Discuss.

    The twenty-one spectators who witnessed Nancy's death were automatically questioned to determine whether they had made any contribution or were an assistant in any way to her suicidal passing. These witnesses were not notified, until two years after the event, that they were not being charged with assisting suicide (www.exitAustralia.net).

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    that would usually shorten their life span considerably but that it is ok in these circumstances because the patient would consider Euthanasia otherwise and that by giving those level of drugs they can keep him or her alive longer than they would if they were to be Euthanised.

  2. The Issues of Euthanasia in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    "Yes, he's beginning to realise what he's up against." "I'm changing the prescription and putting him on a small dose of Valium. I'll have a word with Dr. Emerson. Thank you Sister." This shows that Dr. Scott puts the extra effort to make sure of the comfort of her patients.

  1. What is meant by euthanasia?

    It is stipulated that for purpose of tissue-removal the death of a person had to be established by at least two medical practitioners, one of whom shall have been practicing for at least five years after the date on which he registered as a medical practitioner2 and so this act

  2. What is meant by euthanasia?

    to a person, so that they can easily terminate their own life. Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal throughout the world apart from in the State of Oregon in USA, where there is a law specifically allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the purpose of euthanasia.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work