Sonya Mahgani Christianity Coursework AO3
‘A PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO END THEIR OWN LIFE WHEN THEY WISH’
What is generally meant by the term Euthanasia is mercy killing, the deliberate ending of someones life to end suffering. Euthanasia is taken from the Greek language literally translating as ‘happy death. The right to die is the more common phrase used today. Some people in society today may argue that a person should be entitled to die with honour and have the right not to suffer whilst others call it assisted suicide and believe it is wrong to induce death, no matter what the circumstances.
There are a number of forms of euthanasia one being passive euthanasia this is the quickening the death of a person by altering or discontinuing some form of support and allowing death to come naturally. An example of this could be switching off a life support machine such as a respirator, which is breathing artificially for the patient, stopping medication, stopping food and water, or failing to deliver resuscitation in a case where the patient is unable to breathe or in a case where the patient’s heart has stopped. Passive euthanasia can also be when an increased amount of medication is given to relieve severe pain however such high doses can not only relieve pain but hasten death. Though in regards to medical principles giving such medication is viewed as completely ethical. Such euthanasia is normally performed on terminally ill patients who are in a Persistent Vegetative State, in a coma and are unable to regain consciousness so by performing passive euthanasia this induces death hence hastens the process.