Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person.

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What is Euthanasia:

Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person.

In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it, but there are cases called euthanasia where a person can't make such a request.

A person who undergoes euthanasia is usually terminally ill, but there are other situations in which some people want euthanasia.

What is euthanasia?


Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit.

Voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed has requested to be killed.

Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent.

Involuntary euthanasia is when the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary.

Assisted suicide is when someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill himself it is called "Physician-assisted suicide".

Euthanasia by action is intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection.

Euthanasia by omission is intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water.

Why people want euthanasia:

Most people think unbearable pain is the main reason people seek euthanasia, but some surveys in the USA and the Netherlands showed that less than a third of requests for euthanasia were because of severe pain.

Terminally ill people can have their quality of life severely damaged by physical conditions such as incontinence, nausea and vomiting, breathlessness, paralysis, difficulty in swallowing...

Psychological factors that cause people to think of euthanasia include depression, fear of loss of control or of dignity, feeling a burden, or dislike of being dependent.

What about uncontrollable pain? Shouldn't cancer sufferers and others experiencing unremitting agony be allowed the choice to end their own lives?


The better response to patients in pain is not to kill them, but to make sure that the medicine and technology currently available to control pain is used more widely and completely. According to a 1992 manual produced by the Washington Medical Association, Pain Management and Care of the Terminal Patient, "adequate interventions exist to control pain in 90 to 99% of patients." The problem is that uninformed medical personnel using outdated or inadequate methods often fail in practice to bring patients relief from pain that today's advanced techniques make possible.

But one thing that people who want euthanasia forget to asked themselves is:

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Euthanasia - what religions think?

The Christian view

Christians are mostly against euthanasia. The arguments are usually based on the beliefs that life is given by God, and that human beings are made in God's image. Some churches also emphasise the importance of not interfering with the natural process of death.

  • Life is a gift from God
  • all life is God-given
  • birth and death are part of the life processes which God has created, so we should respect them
  • therefore no human being has ...

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