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Transcript of Euthanasia
What initiated me to write about this topic?
Safe or not?
Here are a few sources
Somerville, Margaret A. “Death Talk: debating euthanasia and physician assisted-suicide in Australia” (2003): 171-174. Web. 4 Mar. 2017
Schadenberg, Alex. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. (Feb. 2017) http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/. Web. 4 Mar. 2017
Johanna H. Groenewoud, M.D., Agnes van der Heide, M.D., Ph.D., Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Ph.D., Dick L. Willems, M.D., Ph.D., Paul J. van der Maas, M.D., Ph.D., and Gerrit van der Wal, M.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2000. “Clinical Problems with the Performance of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands”
; 342:551-556. (Feb. 2000). Web. 8 Mar. 2017
Did I write fairly?
Lack of compassion
Acknowledging the other side
Reason for addressing Margaret Sommerville and her stand in euthanasia
Addressing the audience of Margaret Sommerville
for a more specific approach to try and keep it fair
Euthanasia should not be legalized.
Risks are too high
No way to truly maintain euthanasia if actually legalized.
Has basically always been a controversy.
Swanton, David. “Human Rights” (Jan. 2010) https://www.ethicalrights.com/submissions/human-rights/83-the-right-to-die-with-dignity-euthanasia.html. Web. 29 Apr. 2017 (Naysayer)
Ertlet, Steven. http://www.lifenews.com/2006/01/17/bio-1280/ (2006) Web 29 April 2017
To deny a person the right to live his or her life as he or she wishes implies that each individual does not know what is right for himself or herself.
For acts such as voluntary euthanasia that impact directly on an individual, the moral and humane thing to do is what is right for the individual, and only each individual knows what this is. Voluntary euthanasia is moral and humane because it is what the individual wants.
The ‘right to life’ is no more than a ‘right’. The right to life is not a duty to live. The right to life does not demand that it must be exercised.
According to a BBC report, the survey found that, of the 584,791 deaths in the UK in 2004, 936 were by voluntary euthanasia and 1,930 involved the doctor killing the patient without the patient’s consent. (Ertlet)
"... the percentage of involuntary euthanasia in patients who were 80-years-old or over rose to 52.7%, while in those with diseases other than cancer, this figure reached 67.5%. The decision was not discussed with the patient in 77.9% of cases (J Med Ethics 41; 625-629, 2015)."