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  1. Euthanasia and abortion.

    In the Netherlands it is practised widely, although, it remains legal which I think it shouldn't. What I say is: 'I'm against euthanasia for a positive reason; I have found on the internet and read some incredible stories of people end their lives - times that their families would have missed. It's often time after they might have asked to option out when they perhaps would have gone and spent the rest of their lives with their families of whatever time they really had left, whereas they go in and choose to end their lives.

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  2. What is meant by euthanasia?

    Positive involves taking deliberate action to cause a death. It describes the killing of a person who has not explicitly requested aid in dying. This is most often done to patients who are in a Persistent Vegetative State and will probably never recover consciousness. Active involves giving a lethal dose of toxicant to cause death. A physician supplies information and/or the means of committing suicide (e.g. a prescription for lethal dose of sleeping pills, or a supply of carbon monoxide gas)

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  3. What is Euthanasia?

    Euthanasia is a complicated issue now days as there are so many medical treatments available to keep people alive. If somebody is badly injured and losses the ability to think and feel forever and there is no chance of recovering they can still be kept alive for a long time. If a new born baby is born with abnormality's it can be artificially kept alive. Euthanasia is not just about killing people, there is more to it than that. Its deciding when enough is enough and sometimes it can be kinder to let people go than letting them carry on being in pain.

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  4. What is Euthanasia?

    One of the most recent cases of compulsory euthanasia is Tony Bland (one of the Hillsborough Stadium victims) he had suffered a great amount of brain damage after being crushed, although he could survive without a life support machine his parents couldn't bear to see him in the permanent vegetative state and requested the medical staff to stop giving him food and water. Voluntary euthanasia this is done as a last resort by the person who is suffering from a disease that is incurable, or in a condition that has left them in extreme pain and has caused them to feel as if they have lost their dignity to live.

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  5. Euthanasia Examples

    Despite confessing to the medical staff what she had done, it was decided that there was no case to answer. -the daughter increases the heroin dose, to relieve her mother's pain but causes her death - VOLUNTRY EUTHANASIA.

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  6. Whose Life Is It Anyway? How does Brain Clark persuade the audience that Ken's decision to die is right

    Of course I would like to live but as far as I am concerned I am dead already. I merely require the doctors to recognise the fact. I cannot accept this condition constitutes life in any real sense at all." The absence of freedom and choice makes you wonder just how much of a life he is now in possession of. Despite it is his life - he isn't running it. Hence the title. This starts the play with a question and all further events are in answer to it. This shows it is meant to be, partly, a battle of wills between two sides over his life. Brian Clark displays this play as a discussion of debate.

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  7. Argument against Euthanasia

    However, I am with the majority who are against this so-called mercy killing. The general public thinks that it is God who should decide when we should pass on. Doctors are only human, and human beings have no right to play God, as we could be messing with Gods plan. If sick people are thought of as not good enough to live, what's to stop this violence spreading? If the ill have their lives stolen what will happen to the blind?

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  8. What are the religious and ethical considerations to the issue of euthanasia?

    Glover stated that when looking at this distinction it is necessary to look at "the degree to which they are expensive, unusual, difficult, and painful or dangerous. These are called ordinary and extraordinary means. The main argument is argument of the santicty of life approach against the autonomy of the individual. The church believes that life is sacred and dissagree's will any of the following crimes against life such as murder , suicide,abortion etc. God gave life to us as a gift and which 'we are called apon to preserve it and make it fruitful'(decalaration on Euthanasia,1980)

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  9. Does Euthanasia Have A Place In A Civilised Society, Or Is It Simply Legalised Murder?

    Also a study published in the British Medical journal, Dr Andrews revealed that 17 out of 40 patients said to be in PVS had been misdiagnosed. Also people have been known to recover from cancer and PVS after considerable periods and some terminally ill patients make miraculous recoveries. Allowing euthanasia would risk killing people who could otherwise have had years more to live. There are also medicines today that are being improved and new ones being discovered. These medicines will be able to treat people with fatal diseases and who could say that if euthanasia is given to patient, a week later there is a cure for the disease that person had.

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  10. Does Euthanasia Have a Place in a Civilised Society or is it Simply Legalised Murder

    ' I do not make this decision lightly or uninformed... I do understand what it is about.' This quote exemplifies the passion euthanasia candidate have to be 'relieved' Euthanasia is the act of taking a life in order to relieve suffering. The word originates from Greek it means good death. In voluntary euthanasia the sufferer asks for measures to be taken to end his or her life. This is because the sufferer believes life is not worth living no more. To accomplish euthanasia there is usually an administration of a drug.

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  11. Explain the Beliefs Christian have today about Euthanasia

    This suggests that the argument some followers of euthanasia use, that it ends there suffering if wrong as it does not. Pope Paul VI in his summary on the Roman Catholic teaching of Euthanasia said: (taken from GCSE RE book) "Without the consent of the person, euthanasia is murder. His consent would make it suicide. Morally this is a crime which cannot become legal by any means" The Pope is a very high power in the Christian link between man and God and so, this statement is a valued one.

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  12. Does the play use every device to persuade us that Ken is right in 'Whose life is it anyway'.

    An example of this from the play is in the scene when Ken feels hopeless about his ruptured spinal column and the nurses try to comfort him. In the following scene, the nurses are saying he will never get better. This makes Ken look courageous about knowing he will die and makes you think that the nurses are not telling the truth. Another device is showing you that Ken cannot do anything for himself. For example at the beginning Kay and sister are massaging Ken's feet or John shaving Ken.

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  13. What is meant by euthanasia?

    Older people may feel they are becoming a burden upon their families and other people and opt for euthanasia although they may actually want to continue living. It also means that the relationship of trust between doctors and patients is put at risk as it goes against the Hippocratic Oath that doctors must try to preserve life. Some people argue that if there were better facilities for caring for the dying there would be no need for euthanasia. Euthanasia is also seen to devalue life and can be said to be the first step on a "slippery slope."

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  14. Euthanasia and types of euthanasia

    (Henrickson et al., 1986). It means doing something or omitting to do something with the intention of causing death. There are four types of euthanasia, which are; voluntary and direct, voluntary but indirect, direct but involuntary, and indirect and involuntary. Voluntary and direct euthanasia is "chosen and carried out by the patient. Voluntary but indirect euthanasia is chosen in advance. Direct but involuntary euthanasia is done for the patient without his or her request. Indirect and involuntary euthanasia occurs when a hospital decides that it is time to remove life support (Fletcher 1986).

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  15. Voluntary Euthanasia

    Diane Pretty fought against this law in several different courts including European court but failed. Euthanasia can be defined as helping someone to die who is enduring extreme suffering, for example from an incurable disease. Euthanasia can also be defined in several other ways; * Euthanasia: the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. * Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed gives consent to be killed. * Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed is incapable of giving consent or does not give consent.

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  16. Brian Clark uses a number of techniques to dramatise the Euthanasia Debate in his play, "Who's Life is it Anyway".

    It resides in the fact that the choice is removed from the man concerned.' After Ken's argument we have a doctor from the old-school of medicine, who is much more interested in saving people's lives than listening to how they feel or the rights and choices they should or could have, they are only interested in black and white medical science, and not interested in the grey and mentally and emotionally challenging areas. Dr. Emerson argues that Ken is a human life, and allowing that human life to die is a waste of a human life: 'Mr Harrison is now physically stable.

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  17. Should Euthanasia be legalised?

    In the Torah and the Bible it also reads that humans are created in the image of God and in the Bible it also reads that Jesus died to save us. Christians and Jews base their views on euthanasia on these things in particular because they believe that only God has the right to decide when to end a life. On the other hand the Roman Catholic Church is of the Christian faith but they do have a slightly different opinion.

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  18. What is meant by euthanasia?

    In the bible it says "Thou shalt not kill." This rules out any type of killing, euthanasia included. Some might say that God would not like to see his people in agony but is this really the case? Killing yourself would mean that you are being selfish as you are thinking about the pain you are going through. A number of religions believe that pain is part of life's circle. Some Christians believe that since Jesus Christ's suffered on the cross, we are meant to suffer as well.

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  19. Evaluate the Ethical Arguments For and Against Voluntary Euthanasia

    Even with modern pain control people can still suffer right to the end of life. If the killing is done at the patients request it is called 'voluntary euthanasia'. If it is done without the patients request, even though they could have requested it before they were in a state which prevented them from doing so, then it is called involuntary euthanasia. If a patient was never capable of requesting this then it is called non-voluntary euthanasia. An example of this might be if a patient is in a Persistent Vegetative State. Passive euthanasia is to withhold treatment.

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  20. Euthanasia and religion

    A wish to maintain their independence, along with the desire not to continue to be a burden on other family members, then becomes the motivation. Perspectives on the ethical issues are vastly variable on this topic, across the social spectrum. An argument against the practice of euthanasia, commonly starts with religion. The sixth commandment in the Christian Bible states, 'Thou shalt not kill'. This implies that the act would be committed with violence; a criminal act, where the victim believes that they have a life worth living and would prefer not to be killed.

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  21. Religious Education - Respect for life: Euthanasia

    This is known as passive euthanasia and is not illegal. The Voluntary Euthanasia Society campaigns for the legalisation of euthanasia in the UK. The organisation campaigns to make it legal for a competent adult, who is suffering from a severe or terminal illness, to be allowed to request medical help to die at their own request. The organisation supports the 'right to choose', and believes that we as individuals should be able to decide when and how to die. It believes that euthanasia is humane as it prevents a dying person from losing their dignity through suffering and it can also be a relief to families who experience anguish and distress by watching their relative suffering.

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  22. What would you do if someone you loved asked you to help them die?

    Most religions disapprove of euthanasia. Some of them absolutely forbid it. The Catholic Church, for example is one of the most active organisations in opposing euthanasia. Human beings are free to do as they please, but their freedom does not extend to the ending of their own lives. Euthanasia and suicide are both a rejection of god's absolute sovereignty over life and death. The church believes that each human life is a manifestation of god in the world, a sign of his presence and glory.

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  23. Should Euthanasia be legalised in Britain?

    Those against euthanasia say that it is morally wrong and against God's plan. These people believe that no one has the right to play God. Christians believe that we are made in the image of God and therefore human life is God's gift to us and is sacred- we are not the owners of life, but its guardians, we belong to God because he created us. To them, tampering with God's plan would be a crime in itself. Many religions follow this belief; so do not believe in suicide or assisted dying. Euthanasia may also be problematic in that sometimes in life miracles, as rare as they are, can happen.

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  24. How merciful is mercy killing?

    How can taking life be justified if we do not have a certain standard, who then has the power to determine the value of life or the worth of a human being? If a law is put into place making euthanasia legal would this law really be able to cover every situation and every grey area? Euthanasia is morally wrong whether voluntary or not, it protects the rights of one group while discriminating against the rights of another. The legislation of euthanasia aims to protect the rights of the young and healthy while discriminating against vulnerable members of our society, specifically the aged, sick and lonely.

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  25. Are there any circumstances in which euthanasia would be right?

    The VES hopes that one day, the law will allow doctors to end the lives of people who have made it clear, in writing, that this is what they want. Some Christians would support this point of view. They might agree that the main thing to consider is how you would feel if you were the person suffering. You should treat others as you would like to be treated, putting the principle of agape into practice, and euthanasia could be the most loving action. They believe that people should be allowed to decide for themselves when they want to die.

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