Is Euthanasia morally acceptable?

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3) Introduction and Reasons for Research

5) Secondary Research

6) Primary Research

10) Is the Euthanasia decision influenced by                              religious beliefs?

13) Should people be forced to stay alive?

15) Who wants and needs euthanasia?

17) Overall Conclusion – Hypothesis answer

19) Evaluation

21) Bibliography



 chose euthanasia as a topic because it is something close to my heart because recently my Grandmother died recently, she hadn’t been well for several years now, and one thing my dad said is ‘That’s what she’s been wanting for the last few years’.

So I wanted to find all I could about euthanasia and the arguments for and against it.

When coming up with my Primary question I had to choose one that would bring about plenty of options for secondary questions and so I could get the best range of results to draw conclusions from. I decided upon:-

                        Is Euthanasia morally acceptable?

My secondary questions

  1. Is the Euthanasia decision influenced by religious beliefs? – A lot of this is secondary research because there are not representatives of very many religions in our area.
  2. Should people be forced to stay alive? – This question looks at the idea of living wills and how should they be honoured?
  3. Who are the mostly likely candidates for Euthanasia? – This question is mainly primary research based, finding out what people think about conditions where euthanasia is permissible and who is viable for it.

Euthanasia fits into Key idea 4 in the Cultures and Beliefs unit which explores how different groups have different views on topical issues and euthanasia fits into the category of topical issue.

Secondary Research



wo of my secondary sources are from text books such as ‘Issues: The Ethics of Euthanasia’ so therefore they would be expected to be a fair and unbiased judge of both sides as they are a teaching aid and unless the school is religious the school will want to be fair to both sides of the argument. The pages taken from ‘The Ethics of Euthanasia’ relive the tale of Mrs Z and how euthanasia was a good thing for her. It is an adequate source and is likely to be reliable as it was created as a book for those wanting to find out about topical issues, the series if books it come s form is often used in schools thus supporting the reliability of it. However it was printed two years ago so some of the information may not be totally up-to-date but still this does not make it an unreliable source. On the British Humanist Organisation I found an adequate article however it being on a site with every belief against anything religious they are going to be biased. They have tried to present the other arguments but have not done it adequately to make it a fair article. The information on this article is likely to be trustworthy because they have a .org domain name the definition of which being a non-profit making organisation but since anyone can buy this name so it may not be trustworthy. Also the date updated is 2006 so the information may not be very recent but yet more recent than some things. I collected two newspaper cuttings one from the Observer and one from the Daily Mail; both of these papers have flaws in trustworthiness and reliability. The Observer cutting is taken from a paper that was issued in 2004 so the paper’s reliability value is not as great as it was and other views may have changed since then. Whereas the Daily Mail article is a 2007 issue so it will contain up-to-date views and arguments. On the other hand the Daily Mail being a tabloid uses very emotive language and is not a good source of facts but on the opinions of others, subjective writing .The Observer is a broadsheet paper and is very trusted for presenting lots of the facts and being objective about it all and not using emotive language and presenting no-ones opinion.

All of theses sources are included in the Appendix.

Primary Research


he only question which could be answered effectively using primary research was the third question because primary research is not suitable for all questions and euthanasia is a delicate topic to be asking the public about in to much detail. Therefore this being the only question that primary research would be suitable for.

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I created a questionnaire of ten questions to take a sample of the public, five young men, five young women, five mature men and five mature women. I choose this sample as I believe there is some confusion about euthanasia and this sample will achieve varied results. I chose two age groups (stratified sampling) because the adults will have well formulated opinions on the subject and the young people will have very strong feelings on the subject as young people do about topical issues. As well as this to split it into male and female so that it may show ...

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