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Euthanasia - Life or death?

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on 26 February 2015

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Transcript of Euthanasia - Life or death?

Jackson's choice
I'm not afraid of being dead. I'm just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there.

Pamela Bone
Let's delve a little deeper...
Non-voluntary euthanasia
'Jackson's choice' was a controversial storyline in Emmerdale a few years ago. Jackson crashed into a railway line and a train hit his van. Placed on life support.

He eventually wakes up and is told he has broken two bones in his neck, causing him to be permanently paralysed from the shoulders down. Jackson no longer wanted to live and asked his partner, Aaron, to help him die. Aaron gave him a cupful of medication and he died.

Why was it controversial?

What would you do?

January 2015
What does British Law say?
British law says that all these methods of euthanasia can lead to a charge of murder. However, the law now agrees that withdrawing artificial nutrition and water is not murder. In the same way, withholding treatment from patients with little of no chance of survival is also not classed as murder.

These two types of euthanasia (withdrawing or withholding treatment) are called
passive euthanasia
(passive means not doing anything), in contrast to
positive euthanasia
, which is actually bringing someones life to an end,
Euthanasia - Life or death?
So why is it so controversial?
Some people want it to remain ILLEGAL because:
Definition:

ending someones life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have good reason for thinking they would want you to do so.
Do Now: What is Euthanasia? What does it involve?
literally means: 'good death'
Voluntary Euthanasia
Non voluntary Euthanasia
Suicide
Assisted Suicide
JACKSON'S CHOICES
WAYS TO DIE?
Murder
Jackson
wants to die
and asks for help. Aaron gives him medicine and Jackson dies.
Jackson is paralysed, and his family think ending his life painlessly is the right thing to do.
They know he'd have wanted it this way.
Jackson

ends his own life
by taking an overdose.
Someone gives Jackson the drugs to end his own life,
but they don't do it for him.
Jackson doesn't want to give up and doesn't want to die.
Someone kills Jackson
in a drive by shooting.
Jackson Five
Each of these 'ways to die', apart from murder, are a) questions in the exam. Try to explain them in your own words.
Some people want it to become LEGAL because:
Is it really what the dying person wants?
What if the disease isn't terminal? What about a cure?
Hippocratic oath - what is the doctors role? Trust issue.
People might change their minds about euthanasia, but it would be too late.
Who decides? Safeguarding
Quality of life. Doctors/relatives should have the right
Aren't life support machines a form of euthanasia? Too expensive too
Just as doctors can switch off LSM's, so judges have said that doctors can stop treatment.
Basic human right to have control over your life.
Voluntary euthanasia
Definition:

ending life painlessly when someone is great pain asks for death.
Assisted Suicide
Definition
:
providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.
Euthanasia
Definition
:
the painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease.
Quality of Life
Definition:
the idea that life must have some benefits or it to be worth living.
I helped my daughter die...
What drives a mother to help her child die? For almost a year, Panorama cameras followed Kay Gilderdale - the woman at the centre of the recent Assisted Suicide trial - over her part in the death of her daughter.

Learning Objective:

To investigate the nature of euthanasia and why euthanasia is a controversial issue.
Learning Outcomes:


To be able to provide an opinion as to why euthanasia is a controversial issue.

To able to describe the learn the current UK and Swiss laws about euthanasia.

To be able to identify all euthanasia related key terms.


DUMTUCLUM
Personal, Learning and Thinking skills:

Reflective Learner

Creative Thinker
Literacy Focus:

To be able to write in continuous
prose.
EUTHANASIA
Learning Objective:

To investigate the nature of euthanasia and why euthanasia is a controversial issue.
Learning Outcomes:


To be able to provide an opinion as to why euthanasia is a controversial issue.

To able to describe the learn the current UK and Swiss laws about euthanasia.

To be able to identify all euthanasia related key terms.


DUMTUCLUM
Personal, Learning and Thinking skills:

Reflective Learner

Creative Thinker
Literacy Focus:

To be able to write in continuous
prose.
EUTHANASIA
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