English Coursework - Discursive Writing

Should Euthanasia be legalised?

Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly putting to death people who have incurable, painful, or distressing diseases or handicaps. It comes from the Greek words for good and death, and is commonly called mercy killing. Euthanasia may occur when incurably ill people ask their doctor, or a friend or relative, to help them to die.

Active euthanasia is illegal in the United States, Canada, and almost all other countries. Most religious groups consider it suicide or murder and, therefore, immoral. Some supporters of euthanasia claim that it allows a person to die with dignity instead of being kept barely alive by artificial means. An alternative to euthanasia is the withholding of most types of medical treatment which allows the patient to die naturally, and it is usually legal.  This is currently against the law in the United Kingdom although it was recently a very large story line in the television soap “Eastenders”.  

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In the program, an elderly lady asked her best friend to help her kill herself because she had terminal cancer.  The old lady didn’t want to be a burden to her family and friends, so she pleaded with her close friend to help her die by giving her an overdose of drugs.  Her friend was a Christian and believed that it was a sin to do this as the church thinks only God should have the power to give and take life, and tried to persuade the ill lady not to put her in this position.  The lady became ...

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