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Active Euthanasia: To be active means to be involved with, or to participate in
something. In the case of active euthanasia, this is when some brings about the death of
another person by say giving them a lethal injection, or increasing the dosage of medication
they were on to…

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Put another way, what is the difference between acts and omissions? Should the law require
us (or doctors) to act a certain way, or merely stop us from acting in certain ways?

What would happen if we legalised euthanasia?

This is a teleological question. Some people campaign constantly, arguing that…

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Kevorkian believed that helping people was not enough, and actually killed Thomas Youk,
filmed himself doing so and showed the film on 60 Minutes. He left the studio in handcuffs,
and, defending himself unsuccessfully in court, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. In
2006 Kevorkian became terminally ill with…

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are asking 'Is death a proportionate outcome?' This brings in a utilitarian type of
consideration, which we would not expect from Natural Law!

In other words, while Natural Law clearly doesn't support active euthanasia, it may well allow
an action whose intention is merely to relieve pain, even if the…

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What the churches say

The Roman Catholic Church is completely against euthanasia, seeing it in the same light as

"Human life is sacred". "Humanae Vitae", 1968:

"2280: Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who
remains the sovereign Master…

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Arguments in favour of legalising euthanasia

People choose to drink and smoke (both of which cause harm to their bodies and can
kill them), so why not allow people the choice as to how and when they want to die?

Some have said that they do not want to be…


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