What is Euthanasia?
It is killing someone painlessly to ease their suffering. It is sometimes called a mercy killing.
Kinds of Euthansia
Voluntary - The person is suffering and has asked to be killed
Non-Voluntary - The person can't give their consent because e.g. they are in a coma. You kill them because they are suffering.
Involuntary - The killing of someone against their will for a social or medical justification. For example, the Nazis killed disabled people because they were of no 'use'.
In the UK, euthansia is agains the law but doctors are allowed to:
- Give a powerful painkiller to a terminally ill patient even if they die sooner as a result
- Withdraw medical treatment if a patient is…