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  • Euthanasia
    • British law states that all methods of euthanasia can lead to a charge of murder
      • But the law now agrees that withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration is not murder
      • Also withdrawing treatment from patients with little or no chance of survival and ensuring a peaceful death for them is not murder
    • Two types of euthanasia
      • Passive euthanasia: withdrawal or withholding of treatment
      • Active euthanasia: bringing someone'e life to an end
    • Many people want it to remain illegal
      • It is likely that there will be doubts about what the person actually wants. If money is involve  euthanasia may be requested for a rich relative in order for a relative to gain from their will
      • If a disease is terminal: a cure may be found or a patient may go into remission
      • It is the role of doctors to save lives, not to end them
      • People may change their mind about wanting euthanasia, but then it will be too late
      • Who would decide to allow the euthanasia to take place? (safe guards)
    • Many people want it to made legal
      • Advances in medicine have led people to be kept alive who would previously would have died, but they judge their quality of life to be poor
      • Life support machine have led to a form of euthanasia as doctors and relatives can agree to switch them off if there is not a chance of the patient regaining consciousness
      • Just as life support machines can be switched off, judges have said doctors can stop treatment
      • Many people feel that is a basic human right to have control over the end of your life e.g. if people can commit suicide then they have the right to ask a doctor to assist their suicide if they are too weak to do it themselves


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