Euthanasia means 'a gentle and easy death,' but it refers to 'the act of inducing an easy death.'
Voluntary Euthanasia - sometimes called assisted suicide, the sufferer had made it clear that they want to die and has requested help.
Involuntary Euthanasia - means no consent, patients cannot express a wish to die or those that can but don't wish to die. This is double effect. Double effect is when a patient doesn't wish to die but the continuation of treatment results in death.
Pros and con include:
- Euthanasia is a slippery slop - how far will we go?
- Doctors are playing God - is this there decision?
- Sancitity of Life - life is a present from God, you can't just throw it away.
Euthanasia is legal in Switzerland, Holland and Oregon but illegal in Britain.
Christians Viewpoint, Doctors and Hospices
Christians are against Euthanasia as it is going against God's will and Natural Law. Sanctity of Life means that all life is sacred, all humans are made in the image of God and God's gift to you is life. Christians believe that the suffering we occur is like the suffering of Christ and so we shouldn't take it away. Christians believe that they should help people through their pain not end their life.
All doctors sign a Hippocratic Oath saying that they will 'save life at all costs.' Although some people make a Livving Will which tells doctors not to preserve life in the event of an accident.
Hospices offer special care pain management. They're like homes but with experts to help people die with dignity. They were set up by Dame Cicily Saunders to help the dying. She did it based on her Christan beliefs, 'Blessed are the merciful.'
'Treat others as you'd want them to treat you.'
'Thou shalt not kill.'
Euthanaisa is a grave violation of the law of God, since it's the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human.'
'The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.'
'Faith without action is a lifeless thing.'