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Zoë Gavin

on 6 June 2014

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Transcript of Euthanasia

Euthanasia: ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāZHə/
the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries.

What It Is
Scientific Interference
The impact of scientific and medical discoveries in recent times has changed the nature of the debate on suicide. The increasing ability to treat bodily ailments, and to extend life, has caused people to have a more direct interest in questions of life and death. If it's considered interfering with God's will to make a life shorter, isn't it also interfering when you make a life longer ?
Pro-Euthanasia Arguments
Why It's A "Problem"
-Since the ancient classical period, euthanasia, or assisted suicide, has been looked down upon. Suicide at the time was considered reflective of weakness, illness and the inability to contribute to society past a certain age, and was extremely taboo.

-An intolerance for suicide began to take hold in the second and third centuries and gained increasing momentum under the influence of Christianity. It was/is believed that suicide is direct interference with God's will, and is "very sinful".

Playing God
life support at a hospital
-No freedom of choice, as the individual is in a coma
-Limitations in the effectiveness of limiting the pain and suffering of individuals under severe care
-The argument that the law against euthanasia violates section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because able-bodied people may commit suicide but those with physical limitations cannot
-Euthanasia is being practiced illegally ANYWAY
Anti-Euthanasia Arguments
-The fundamental social value of respect for life should be maintained, and killing is intrinsically wrong

-Legalization of euthanasia could result in abuses, particularly with respect to vulnerable members of society

-Legislation to permit euthanasia could limit developments to improve care for those who are dying, saying that suicide or euthanasia would be “quicker and easier” than conducting care research
Euthanasia is related to my essay, which compares and contrasts Brave New World with Never Let Me Go. Both books involve man interfering with 'God's will' of life and death.
Brave New World includes the Bokanovsky's Process, which is the process of human cloning by splitting one egg into many identical copies of the original.
Never Let Me Go is set in a society where disease has been eliminated. Clones have been made and their purpose is to donate their vital organs to those who have fallen ill, so that the 'real' humans can steer clear of sickness, while the clones are considered lesser people, or not even people at all.
Suicide, Christianity, Life Support
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