Euthanasia and Suicide - Medical Ethics

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  • Euthanasia and Suicide
    • Definitions
      • Voluntary Euthanasia: a free choice to be helped to die
      • Involuntary Euthanasia: someone else makes the decision
      • Active Euthanasia: Giving someone a treatment that will bring about their death
      • Passive Euthanasia: stopping medical treatment causing the patients death
    • For Euthanasia
      • Healthy people can commit suicide so ill people should be able to kill themselves too
    • Catholic beliefs
      • Euthanasia and suicide are wrong because life is a gift from God
      • Both acts are breaking the commandment "Thou shall not kill"
      • "There is a time for everything... a time to be born and a time to die"
      • We should not interfere with God's plan for us
    • Liberal Beliefs
      • Euthanasia may be acceptable if  if it is the most compassionae thing to do
        • Jesus taught to "love your neighbour"
      • Many believe that the best way for a terminally ill person to die is for them to spend the rest of their life in a hospice, receiving help and support
        • Catholic beliefs
          • Euthanasia and suicide are wrong because life is a gift from God
          • Both acts are breaking the commandment "Thou shall not kill"
          • "There is a time for everything... a time to be born and a time to die"
          • We should not interfere with God's plan for us
  • Involuntary Euthanasia: someone else makes the decision

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