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Euthanasia

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Mohammad Altaf

on 12 January 2011

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EUTHANASIA what is EUTANASIA? It is the term referring to the practice of ending a life in a way that relieves pain and suffering.
Dr. Jack Krevorkian Kevorkian earned the name 'Dr Death' by photographing the eyes of dying patients. Later in his career (starting in 1987) he began to advertise his services as a physician offering 'death counselling'. When terminally ill patients learned that he was helping people to die, more and more people came to him. Despite several failed court cases, Kevorkian helped over 130 people to die. Kevorkian believed that helping people was not enough, and actually killed Thomas Youk, filmed himself doing so and showed the film on 60 Minutes. He left the studio in handcuffs, and, defending himself unsuccessfully in court, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. In 2006 Kevorkian became terminally ill with Hepatitis C and asked to be pardoned.
From the BBC’s website REASONS FOR EUTHANASIA People think unbearable pain is the main reason.
However, poor physical conditions and psychological conditions sometimes cause people to think about euthanasia Case 1: Ah Bun Background:
-Ah Bun was injured in a rehearsal for a gymnastics display. when he fell, badly injuring his spine; he became paralysed from the neck down.
-He wrote to the Chef Excutive and Legislative Council in Hong Kong, seeking for the "Right to die" His campaign for euthanasia alerted Hong Kong society to his plight and raised awareness of the issues relating to the “right to die”.
- Up till now, he still believes that the choice to live or die is a basic human right.
- He is still fighting for "right to die." Pros to Euthanasia it provides a way to relieve extreme pain
It provides a way of relief when a person's quality of life is low
Frees up medical funds to help other people
It is another case of freedom of choice Cons to Euthanasia Every form of life is precious same argument for abortion
“Judicial Murder” sentencing an innocent person to death
Where do you draw the line, how far is too far? Dax Cowart
Dax Cowart was very badly burnt after a gas explosion engulfed his car. He said “I was burned so severely and in so much pain that I did not want to live even in the early moments following the explosion.” Dax repeatedly asked his doctors, family and friends to help him end his suffering, which lasted through 10 years of agonising treatment. Dax is blind and cannot use his hands, but is otherwise healthy and currently works as an attorney. He still believes it was wrong to deny his request for euthanasia. An interactive CD ROM of this case has been produced, with interviews from Dax, his doctors and friends and family. Dianne Pretty had motor neurone disease, and faced a painful death which she wanted to avoid. She said “"I want to have a quick death without suffering, at home surrounded by my family." She appealed unsuccessfully to the UK courts, and finally the European Court of Human Rights, to allow her husband to help her to die. Panorama filmed her final moments, in what has become one of the most moving records of the suffering that this illness causes. Case 2: Diane Pretty Diane Pretty Kevorkian earned the name 'Dr Death' by photographing the eyes of dying patients. Later in his career (starting in 1987) he began to advertise his services as a physician offering 'death counselling'. When terminally ill patients learned that he was helping people to die, more and more people came to him. Despite several failed court cases, Kevorkian helped over 130 people to die. Kevorkian believed that helping people was not enough, and actually killed Thomas Youk, filmed himself doing so and showed the film on 60 Minutes. He left the studio in handcuffs, and, defending himself unsuccessfully in court, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison. In 2006 Kevorkian became terminally ill with Hepatitis C and asked to be pardoned. Dr Jack Kevorkian Ethical Point of View Religious Point of View All major religion forbid commiting suicide, or come to know through self-will, the time of his own death in advance Euthanasia raises a number of agonising moral dilemmas:
is it ever right to end the life of a terminally ill patient who is undergoing severe pain and suffering?
under what circumstances can euthanasia be justifiable, if at all?
is there a moral difference between killing someone and letting them die?
Netherlands is the only country that adopted the idea of Euthanasia Mohammad Altaf
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