Euthanasia Evaluation

Euthanasia Evaluation

Advantages

  • gives control over all of our lives.
  • it means that medical resources can be used on people who want to live.
  • it stops people having to take their own lives.
  • it means people can die in dignity.
  • it stops relatives having to make the decision for the person.
  • if it were legal then no one would face prosecution.
  • no unnecessary suffering as frees us from pain.
  • an act of compassion.
  • everyone has the right to choose.

Disadvantages

  • many pain-killing drugs which can help the patient die with dignity.
  • a patient may not be in the right mind-set to make such a decision and may feel forced into it, feel a burden to others.
  • the relationship of trust between a doctor and his patient could be lost.
  • doctors ethics compromised as the doctor takes the Hippocratic oath which means he/she is there to preserve life.
  • there are alternatives to euthanasia such as palliative care and hospices.
  • it is not for doctors to play God.
  • Life is a gift from God and only God can take it away.

Evaluation

Euthanasia is the act of bringing about an easy death and for arranging the death for a person who is suffering an incurable illness to die as painlessly as possible. A strength of euthanasia is that it allows the person to die with dignity. A weakness would be putting pressure on people at a vulnerable stage in their life.

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