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What is meant by euthanasia?

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Euthanasia Euthanasia is the intentional termination of life by another at the request of the person who dies. Although it is legal in Holland, it is illegal throughout the UK and is an extremely controversial topic often discussed in the media. When it is being debated it is essential to address all the issues and arguments for and against, religious and non-religious, as all the churches oppose it strongly. There are very many points against euthanasia. The first is that life is a gift from God and only he can take it away. This is obviously a strong religious argument that many people feel cannot be argued against, as any gift from God should be treasured. Some people also argue that there are many pain-killing drugs that will relieve the patients suffering and that at the time the patient may not be able to make a rational decision or may change their minds but be incapable of expressing this to a doctor. ...read more.


It could also help others to face death if they realised they could die with dignity. Another commonly used point is that everyone has the right to decide how they die and if the law was changed doctors could legally act on a patient's desire to die without further suffering. It would help doctors if they knew of their patients intentions. The initial decision of euthanasia could be made when the individual was not under the stress of immediate suffering or anxiety. A society which is strongly for euthanasia is The Voluntary Euthanasia Society (EXIT). They argue that "an adult person suffering from a severe illness, for which no relief is known, should be entitled to the mercy of a painless death if that is their expressed wish." They wish to change the law so that "doctors should be allowed to help incurable patients die peacefully at their own request. The patient must have signed a declaration saying that this is their own request at least 30 days previously." ...read more.


I am often in pain..." Euthanasia would provide him with a dignified and fast way of dying but as he says in the first line "My grandchildren are very good to me" he has close family who would suffer from a lot of grief and pain if he was to pass. He also says "I am afraid of becoming a burden on my family." This indicates that he is not considering euthanasia only for his own relief but feels as though it is a duty to his family. In this case he is a Christian but cannot go to church any more as he is too ill and someone from the church would visit him every week. It a difficult and very personal decision to make and he should not be influenced by anyone else so he can make it himself. In my opinion, after considering all the information on both sides of the debate I believe that euthanasia should be legal under strict regulation. If I were in the position of many terminally ill patients I would like to believe that I could end my own suffering and my doctors would be there to help me. 775 words. Tara Barbour ...read more.

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