Akinwale Adejumo                                        Candidate Number: 1004

Euthanasia Coursework

Paper 2 Christian Perspectives                        OCR 1930 Syllabus A

(Ai) What is Euthanasia?

The term traditionally has been used to refer to the hastening of a suffering person's death or "mercy killing" as some like to call it, it is also known as an “easy death”. In simpler terms it is the putting to death, by painless method, of a terminally ill or severely debilitated person through the omission by withholding a life-saving medical procedure, also known as passive euthanasia or commission of an act other known as active euthanasia.

There are 3 kinds of euthanasia, voluntary, suicide and compulsory. Compulsory euthanasia is when the doctors or the relatives decide to make the decision for the patient.  The patient may be in a coma at this time, which is why they ask the relatives or doctors to choose. 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.

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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. This type of euthanasia is done by either given the patient a drug overdose or by suffocation.

The final type of euthanasia is suicide. This is usually a cry for help, and even though a large number do not succeed in ending their lives, by either jumping off a building or drug ...

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