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What is meant by euthanasia?

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Euthanasia Ai) Euthanasia is ending a persons life deliberately for compassionate reasons. The Oxford dictionary says it is "the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease". This is why it is sometimes called mercy killing. There are two different types of euthanasia, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is sometimes called active euthanasia. This is where the person refuses to have medical treatment to keep them alive or persuades someone else to help them die. Involuntary euthanasia is sometimes called passive euthanasia. This is where the decision to end the persons concerned life is up to a medical expert or a close relative. Suicide is different because this is when a person kills himself or herself. In England Euthanasia is Illegal and should not be carried out, although there are many groups like the voluntary euthanasia society trying to change the law in Britain and make it legal like it is in the Netherlands. Many people in Britain believe that Euthanasia should be made legal because people should have the right to chose when they end there life. There isn't much point leading a painful unfulfilling life where you can't do anything for yourself. But many people would disagree with this. ...read more.

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The main arguments overall for Christians against euthanasia is that it is only gods decision to end a persons life and nobody else can gain that right. The main argument for Euthanasia for Christians is that the bible is always on about caring for your family and neighbors. Therefore if someone is in so much pain they want to end their life you should do the caring thing and end their life. Overall I think for a Christian there is more passages in the bible against euthanasia than for it. b) A hospice is a place where people who have only got a few months left of their life go and try to make the most of their last few months of their life. They offer relief from the pain and offer them comfort and things to do. They focus on caring not on curing. St Giles hospice is a good example of a hospice. As it is currently defined Hospice palliative care means improving the quality of life of those who are dying by giving them physical, emotional and social care. Family are a very important part of the hospice team. ...read more.

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Although many Christians are unsure about the subject there are many Christian groups that would agree with this statement. One of these groups is the Catholics. They believe that euthanasia is totally wrong and that it is against their faith. They believe that God is the creator of our life and therefore also the person who ends our life. They believe that human beings do not have the power to make a decision this big. They believe that it is Gods decision and nobody else's. There are many passages in the bible that support their theory. The overriding passage is probably this. " He sets the time for birth and death." This is of course talking about God. They can use turn to one of the 10 commandments to prove their theory. This is of course "thou shalt not kill." They also believe that we have a right to proper care but again not the right to terminate our, or other people's life. There is another group that would agree with the statement and believe almost the same as the Catholics about Euthanasia. This is the Salvation army. They also believe that only God has the right to decide how long we live and when we finally die. ...read more.

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