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Euthanasia - Life or death?

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on 16 November 2017

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Transcript of Euthanasia - Life or death?

Helping my daughter to die....
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
Why was it controversial?

What would you do?

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.

There are two types of euthanasia.

Passive euthanasia
(passive means not doing anything), and this is when doctors stop providing treatment, or do something that is intended to quicken the natural process of dying. (Eg - when a person is not resusitated after a heart attack / withholding treatment / withhold food & water)

This is in contrast to
active euthanasia
, which is actually bringing someones life to an end by 'doing' an act. This can be taking a pill, given an overdose, injections, or carbon monoxide poisoning etc.
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.
literally means: 'good death'
Voluntary Euthanasia
Non voluntary Euthanasia
Suicide
Assisted Suicide
TREVOR'S CHOICES
WAYS TO DIE?
Murder
Trevor
wants to die
and asks for help. Bob gives him medicine and Jackson dies.
Trevor 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 Trevor the drugs to end his own life,
but they don't do it for him.
Trevor doesn't want to give up and doesn't want to die.
Someone kills Trevor
in a drive by shooting.
Whatever Trevor!
Each of these 'ways to die', apart from murder, are 1 mark 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
Watch this short clip, a real life story. Think about the circumstances, and the mother's intentions. Were they bad? Was the eventual act bad?
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