Matters of Life and Death- Euthanasia

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  • Created on: 26-10-19 12:19
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  • Euthanasia
    • The nature of euthanasia
      • There are different types of euthanasia:
        • Voluntary euthanasia-where a persons life is ended deliberately and painlessly at their request
        • Assisted suicide-Where a person is given the means to end their own life
        • Non-Voluntary euthanasia-ending a persons life when they are unable to ask, but there is good reason for thinking it is what they would want. For example, if a person is on life support and there is no medical chance of recovery.
    • Christian teachings
      • "so God created mankind in his own image (Genesis 1:27)
      • "Your body are temples of Holy Spirit..." (1 Corinthians)
      • "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13)
    • Euthanasia is the painless killing of someone who is dying- it is also referred to as "assisted dying". It is a controversial issue because some see it as murder, while others see it as a compassionate act.
    • Arguments Against
      • The sanctity of life argument says all life is sacred.
      • The slippery slope argument shows if euthanasia were legalised, it could lead to, for example, infanticide being allowed.
      • Hospices provide palliative care- relieving the symptoms of a condition a person is dying from meaning euthanasia is not needed.
      • It is murder and against the Ten Commandments: "you shall not Murder" (Exodus 20:30)
    • Arguments For
      • It allows a person to die a gentle, painfree death.
      • The patient dies with dignity
      • Can save medical costs
    • Non-Religious arguments
      • Some athiests and humanists would argue that the kindest thing might be to let the person end their life
      • Some may argue using principles of situation ethics.




This is a very difficult question. For each argument “for” - there is a “against” and vice versa.

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