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Transcript of Euthanasia
U.K. man fought euthanasia law dies What is the injustice? Nicklinson"s dignity is compromised. Requires assistance with everyday life His rights to association and privacy are jeopardized A glimpse of Tony Nicklinson's life Who exhibited the injustice? The British high court denied Nicklinson’s request (to be euthanized without a doctor being charged) leaving him without hope. Nicklinson had argued that British law violated his right to “private and family life” as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. Thus, the British High Court and the British Law exhibited the injustice Why is the article considered an injustice? In our opinion, the article is an injustice as Nicklinson died due to natural causes, enduring much pain and suffering, where as he could have died a quick and painless death via Euthanization . What virtues did the injustice exhibit or fail to exhibit? The injustice failed to exhibit: Understanding Humility Sympathy Does the article give me all the facts I need? The article leaves out specific facts leaving the reader wondering. These unknown facts include:
We are unaware if a doctor actually vouched for Nicklinson Did Nicklinson actually die of pneumonia? Or was he euthanized behind closed doors? We don't know much about the court case, besides the verdict Were opinions unfairly given as facts? The article sounds a little pro euthanasia, as it makes us feel sorry for Nicklinson. The author of the article also quotes Nicklinson, using Nicklinson's comments as facts in which several people may disagree with. What is Euthanasia? Euthanasia comes from the Greek word "a good death" The Catholic definition
Euthanasia: the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. 1968 1976 1980 1984 1985 1990 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 Doctors at Harvard Medical school proposed ‘brain dead’ be included as the criteria for determining end of life Court allows parents of Karen Quinlan to be removed from respirator, 11 states pass euthanasia laws giving legal standing to living wills Pope issues Declaration of Euthanasia, which opposes mercy killing Supreme Court of Netherlands okays voluntary Euthanasia under certain circumstances Karen Quinlan dies Dr. Kevorkian helps his first patient commit suicide, US supreme court rules that competent adults have a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment President Clinton announces his support for living wills Oregon passes bill “Death and Dignity” Act which allows physician assisted suicide Australia passes law to allow active euthanasia, law was disallowed in 1997 US supreme court rules that states can pass legislation on physician assisted suicide Dr. Kevorkian sentenced to 25 years of prison after providing patient with a lethal injection 15 patients use Oregon death and dignity act to commit physician assisted suicide Nicklinson's death... Key Terms Assisted Suicide: the deliberate hastening of death by a terminally ill patient with the assistance from a doctor, family member, or another individual. Mental Capacity: mental ability; the ability to comprehend, to understand and to profit from experience. Life support: of or pertaining to equipment or measures that sustain or artificially substitute for essential body functions, as breathing or disposal of body wastes: Without life-support equipment, the patient might die. Attorney/Advocate: in the medical field, a person who focuses on bolstering the patient's role and rights in making decisions about his or her health care. Implications... Opposing Views Religion Vs. Law TIMELINE Physician assisted suicide should be legalized Arguments against physician assisted suicide Withdrawing Life support Euthanization in the Netherlands Euthanasia and People's Views Euthanasia and religious conflicts Its's time for a survey! Are Euthanization and assisted suicide the same?
Yes or No? Are there situations in which Euthanasia should be legal?
Yes or No? Do you believe God would support Euthanasia?
Yes or No? Animals are put to sleep when they are suffering. We should do the same thing for humans upon consent- do you agree?
Yes or No? Do your religious beliefs affect your view on Euthanasia?
Yes or No? Do you believe terminally ill patients should have the right to decide to die?
Yes or No? Discussion Questions: Do you believe terminally ill patients should have the right to decide to die? If an individual no longer has the mental capacity to decide upon euthanizing themselves, should anyone be granted this decision? If so, who? How would you describe Euthanasia in your own words?
In your opinion, do you think Nicklinson should have been granted the option of euthanasia by the British High Court?
Do you think the article should attract any suspicion in the sense that Nicklinson’s death was caused by a euthanization and not pneumonia? If you were in Nicklinson’s shoes, what would you like to do with your life? Upon what circumstances do you think Euthanasia should be legal?