Josh Nixon                                                                                                                                 Miss Glenn


Euthanasia is defined as the practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release a certain person from an incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death.

Active euthanasia is when a doctor, for example would painlessly end the life of a patient for merciful reasons, like giving them a lethal or poisonous injection of medication. Passive euthanasia is when you are not doing something to prevent the death of a patient, for example using a life support machine to keep a terminally ill patient alive.

Currently in the UK there is no law directly dealing with euthanasia. Although it is illegal to actively end another person's life for example giving a patient a lethal injection, in reality some doctors may practice a form of 'passive euthanasia'. It is allowed that in some cases, if after everything possible has been done save a person, they might be allowed to die if the circumstances show that death is inevitable, this could for example turning off their life support machine. This still requires the consent of the patient or, if they are unable to communicate such a decision, their immediate family.

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‘EXIT’ is one of the many euthanasia societies in the UK who whose aims are to try and change the laws about euthanasia. They what to ensure that: An adult that is suffering from a severe illness, in which there is no relief should by law be entitled to the opportunity to end their life by a painless death, and they hope to give doctors the ability to incurable patients to die peacefully at their own request. This society is out to change the laws at it’s member feel that it would quickly and humanely end a patients suffering, ...

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