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Define non treatment decision
the absence of medical treatment ( this is made by doctors)
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Define active euthansia
this is when death is brought about by an act. E.g - someone dying from an overdose of pain killers
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Define sanctity of life
This is the principle which believes that human life is sacred, holy and has the greatest value and should not be violated.
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Define quality of life
A standard of health, comforts and happiness experienced by an individual or group. It is about the satisfaction from physical health, education, employment, family and friends.
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Define personhood
The quality or condition of being an individual person. These qualities are the ability to reason, communicate etc.
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Define autonomy and the right to die
This refers to the individual freedom of one's right to make decisions without being coerced. (Ethical morals that give individuals the rational right to make their own informed choices).
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Define voluntary euthanasia
When the individual requests euthanasia
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Define no-voluntary euthansia
When the person is unable to maker their wishes know by regarding euthanasia. E.g- they are in a coma
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Define dignity
the state or quality of feeling worthy, respect or honour.
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Define palliative care
The care for the terminally ill and their families, especially that is provided by ban organised health service.
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Define involuntary euthanasia
This is when euthanasia is performed on a person who would be able to give consent but does not because they weren't asked etc.
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Define euthanasia
Euthanasia is 'mercy killing', a good death or assisted suicide
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Explain the ethical issues of 'question of rights'
Those in favour of euthanasis argue that a civilised society should allow people to die in dignity without pain, and should allow others to help them do si if they cannot manage it on their own. They say that our bodies are our own - our right.
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Explain the ethical issue of 'intention and suffering: the moral difference between killing and letting someone die
Many make a distinction between active and passive euthanasia. This issue involves intention. It is arguably acceptable to with hold treatment as it has not got the intention to kill.
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Explain the doctrine of acts and omisions
This is the idea that there is no moral difference between carrying out an action and merely omitting to carry out an action.
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Explain the slippery slope argument
If we change the law and accept voluntary euthanasia, we will not be able to keep it under control. Euthanasia would never be legalised without proper regulation and control mechanisms in place.
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Explain the case study of Debbie Purdy
She is a right to die campaigner. In 2009 she won a landmark ruling to get clarification on whether he husband Omar would be prosecuted for helping her to end her life. She was 51 and suffered from MS for 20 years. She died 23rd December 2014
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Explain the sanctity of life argument
Humans are created in the image of god and is a gift from god and so should be respected. Life is an intrinsic good.
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What does the catholic church say about the sanctity of life
Active and passive euthanasia as 'contrary to the dignity of the human person'
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Explain Aquinas' natural law approach to Euthanasia
NL is concerned with the morality of actions ad he goodness of the action is determined by the extent to which it abides to the eternal law.
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How does euthanasia link with the primary precepts of NL ?
There is a particular importance of 'do good and avoid evil' and the primary precepts to preserve life which links to the sanctity of life. According to the divine law we are created in God's image. The purpose of human beings is to live a loving lif
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