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Euthanasia
Definitions
`The intentional ending of a life with the purpose of relieving suffering' (James
Nelson and Juliana Mc Niece)
`Well death' or `Easy death' (M. Dominic Beer)
`Termination of human life by painless means for the purpose of ending severe
physical suffering' `Mercy killing' (Joe Jenkins)
`An action or omission which, either of itself or by intention, cause death' (Clare
Richards)
`Deliberate ending of a life with the desire to avoid pain' (David Cook)
`Dying well' (David Cook)
Different forms of Euthanasia
Voluntary Euthanasia request of the person
Voluntary Euthanasiakilling someone who is not in the position to ask to live or
die
Involuntary euthanasiaare not asked their opinion
Passive Euthanasia allowing someone to die by with drawing treatment, which
would prolong life
Active Euthanasia something is done to actively end life, in response to a
specific request of a patient
Voluntary (EXIT)
`An adult suffering from a severe illness for which no relief is know, should be entitled by
law to the mercy of a painless death...' (EXIT)

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Why Voluntary: For Argument
Don't lose dignity through suffering
Relieves family stress
Abuse of human right to deny a person concern over their own life
Death is preferred to the continual suffering
Feel they put pressure on the economy and cant afford to live
All medical means are exhausted
Why Voluntary: Against Argument
Violation of life life is precious
Hospices offer palliative care
Doctors should preserve life not destroy it
Danger to societyget rid of those who are deemed useless what will happen to
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Law on Euthanasia in the Netherlands
No actual law on euthanasia is Netherlands stating it's either legal or illegal, if a doctor
cannot be prosecuted if:
The request if from the patiententirely free ad voluntary
Request is well considered, durable and persistent
Patient is experiencing intolerable suffering with no prospect of improvement
It's the last resort
It is performed by a physician
The physician consults with a colleague with experience in the field.…read more

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Diane Pretty aged 43:
Suffered from motor neurone disease her mind is as sharp as ever, but her
muscles are inactive, has to communicate through a voice keyboard, but no
communications was possible near the end of her life as her muscles complete
seized
In a wheelchair and feel through a tube
Wanted to die but was not physically able to kill herself
Wanted to die at home a good death with her family around her and dignity,
not suffer continually physically and emotionally
Asked…read more

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Resuscitation is recognised as inappropriate but not euthanasia
Only God has the right to take life
Suffering has a value
Hospice movement means there is no need for euthanasia as people received
palliative care and can die in dignity
`Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God... it is the deliberate and
morally unacceptable killing of a human person.…read more

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ProLife Alliance
Utilitarian view of human life rather than viewing all human life as uniquely
created and deserving of absolute respect. Still view human life as something to
cherish
Supports the extension of largescale funding of hospices that provide care for
terminally ill adults.…read more

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Critical Analysis for Euthanasia
`Dealing with dying patients and relatives is one of the most demanding aspects
of medical care.…read more

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