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  1. Should The Laws Regarding Euthanasia Be Changed?

    I must say I have to agree. Some ask 'Why are people forced to stay alive?' The answer is they aren't. A lot of people think that euthanasia is needed so patients won't be forced to remain alive by being "hooked up" to machines. But the law states that patients or their families can refuse treatment even if it will increase the likelihood of the patient dying. But this isn't enough. Even though the patient has the right to refuse treatment, it could still mean months of suffering before death.

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  2. Commentary – Speech on Euthanasia.

    To try and achieve my aims I have employed persuasive techniques such as repetition; "pain" is repeated three times, as is "their life" while "life" is repeated a total of six times. Repetition is useful for emphasising a particular theme or idea; within this speech, with reference to the repeated words, it is the idea that people should not condemn others when it is their life and their pain.

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  3. The Euthanasia Issue

    �Passive Euthanasia is widely carried out in the UK and is generally accepted as being legal. The patient is allowed to die by the withdrawal of treatment or nourishment. Hospices support this and help patients to die slowly and painlessly, it is sometimes referred to as a slow overdose. �Active Euthanasia is when the patient takes part in the decision which involves specific actions such as lethal drugs or injections which are intended to cause death. Arguments about euthanasia often revolve around two beliefs; 'The right to life,' and 'the right to die.'

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  4. Should Voluntary Euthanasia be allowed in Hong Kong?

    In some religions they forbid euthanasia because life is a gift from God and God should take it, we should not meddle with life, but then are we not making life-threatening decisions everyday when we cross the road? Is it because it is not my time to die, that if I stand in the middle of the road for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that I wouldn't get run over? Also, by increasing breakthroughs in medical science, humans have prolonged the average lifespan of their species originally only less than 25 years in Neolithic humans, to a natural lifespan ranging from 60's to even 100 years old.

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  5. Should euthanasia be legalised?

    Murder can be defined as an act of violence, which is perpetrated against a victim. For example a man stuffed into a car after being shot five times is a murder victim. The individual dies at a time, which is forced by the killer, who has intent to harm him or her. Unlike murder, euthanasia is not an act of violence, and so cannot be considered as a murderous activity. In physician assisted suicide (PAS), 54% of medical practitioners are in favour of changed laws to allow PAS in some circumstances, with only 36% of respondents opposing.

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  6. Do you think euthanasia should be legalized in Cyprus?

    This of course will have a negative effect to the doctors themselves. Their image of the loving, kind and affectionate person will then be changed to a cruel inhuman, heartless assassinator. Furthermore doctors will be given absolute power and the lives of many people will then lie upon their hands. This makes them act as being God since they will have the legal authority to decide whether to kill a person or not. Obviously other more complicated destructive effects will then appear to the surface.

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  7. What is meant by euthanasia?

    * Involuntary Euthanasia This is when patients who are not mentally competent have euthanasia performed on them. When people say mentally incompetent, it could mean that they are in a coma, in PVS or mentally ill and therefore they cannot decide whether they would want euthanasia or they are not in the right state of mind to make that decision. Therefore in involuntary euthanasia, the decision is made by the patient's relative and doctors together. e.g. in the case of Tony Bland. * Compulsory Euthanasia This is when people who are seen as a 'burden' on society are put to death unwillingly.

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  8. The Issues of Euthanasia in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    The play also has linking with complimentary language suggestive language that has s****l innuendo. This type of language comes from Ken and John. "I've got some work to do for my exam". "Let me help...I'm an expert on anatomy. We could go dancing, down to the Barbados, a few drinks and then back to my pad for an anatomy lesson". "Let me get on..." "..the neck bone's connected to the shoulder bone. The shoulder bone's connected to the breast bone..."

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  9. Should Voluntary Euthanasia be allowed in the U.K.?

    Most people, if determined to end their lives go to Dignitas. Dignitas is a Swiss euthanasia group that helps those with incurable physical and mental illnesses to die. The problem is families are scared that if they take their son or daughter to Dignitas, they might be arrested upon re-entering the country. The family of Dan James, a famous rugby player are being investigated after flying with to their son to Switzerland where he ended his life. Dan James had a promising rugby career ahead of him until he had an accident in a scrum where he dislocated his spine.

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  10. Should Euthanasia be Legalised, Discuss.

    They also may refuse to have the needed medical treatment to keep them alive. Involuntary euthanasia is effectively the opposite of voluntary euthanasia. Involuntary euthanasia comes into play when a certain individual is no longer able to make a decision. An example of this would be in a coma or if the person in question is too young (a very young baby). This decision to allow the ending of the person?s life is therefore taken by relatives or medical experts. There is also the case were the person may want to live but his or her life is ended anyway.

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  11. Why is Euthanasia such a controversial issue?

    This according to the law is not classed as murder, as ensuring they have a peaceful death when they are so ill is priority. There have been many requests and cases in Britain during the last few years to make euthanasia legalised in the UK, however each and every one of them has failed, as many of the British judges and the government feel it will turn in to a slippery slope and a bypass of murder if they were to change the law but there are many controversial opinions and concepts of this idea.

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  12. Euthanasia - views for and against.

    As well as medical practitioners, members of the public are found in support as well. In the same survey, 82% of the public asked said that they support euthanasia for the terminally ill or for those on life support. This is probably because they are able to see that if they or a member of their family was terminally ill or on life support they wouldn?t want any unnecessary suffering to take place. Some people are against euthanasia. Members of the public and medical practitioners are found with views against euthanasia. There are many reasons why people are against euthanasia.

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  13. One of the main reasons behind the euthanasia ethical debate is the difference between passive and active euthanasia

    Euthanasia is also a difficult issue as there is more than one type of euthanasia. The 5 main types are Voluntary euthanasia, is when a person who wants to be killed is killed, Non-voluntary euthanasia, is when the person who is killed gave no permission or made any request, Involuntary euthanasia, is when the person who is killed expressed a wish that was the exact opposite, Euthanasia By action, also known as Active Euthanasia, is intentionally causing someone's death by performing an action (e.g. a lethal injection) and Euthanasia By omission, also known as Passive Euthanasia, is intentionally causing death by not providing necessary care (Euthanasia Definitions 2012).

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  14. There is no excuse to take your own life. Discuss.

    It is believed to be a very bad sin to take your life. It is also ?frowned upon? in the modern society today and you will find many non-religious people who strongly appose the idea of suicide. Suicide is often viewed as an act of cowardness. It gives people the impression that the person who has committed it had problems in life and didn?t have the moral or physical strength to overcome this problem and therefore took the ?easy? way out.

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