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Transcript of Euthanasia
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient who may be terminally ill and their quality of life is decreasing.
Types of Euthanasia
is when the patient themselves are able to give consent to end their life "painlessly"
- The ending of a patients life by a deliberate action. (e.g fatal injection)
She was a 52 year old woman from France.
She had cancer.
She went to the French Court to ask for Euthanasia but they rejected it.
What is Euthanasia?
Its alternate names are mercy killing and assisted suicide.
is when someone else has to end the patients life for them if they are incapable of giving consent.
assisted suicide is helping someone end their own life. This is illegal under the Suicide Act of 1961.
- Allowing terminally ill person to die by withdrawing or withholding medical treatment.
2 Samuel 1:1-17
“Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’ “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”
Jesus came so that people could have life “in all its fullness”
"No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death."
Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. -
Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do with their life.
And David said to the young man who told him, “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.” David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?”
"Explain why some christians agree with Euthanasia" (4 Marks)
If a person is suffering, they do not deserve to keep experiencing such pain if there is no way of getting out of it.
Dame Cicely Saunders
She was the first to establish palliative care. She introduced effective pain management and insisted that dying people needed dignity, compassion, and respect, as well as rigorous scientific methodology in the testing of treatments.
In 1967 she founded St Christopher’s Hospice in south west London.
I think that some christians agree with Euthanasia because in the 10 commandments, God said to "love your neighbour as you love yourself" so if you really loved them, you would not let them suffer anymore as you wouldn't let yourself suffer. Also, the church of England believe that the rights of humans should be valued and they should be able to do what they want to do. If a person is terminally ill, they should be given the right to die with dignity, and christians know that God wouldn't want his children to be suffering, so it would seem to be the right thing to do. In the garden on Gethsemane, Jesus asked God to "take away this cup of suffering away from him" showing that even he could not cope so people shouldn't either.
Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995
Would you also ask for euthanasia if that happened to you?
Would you wait and see and hope a miracle could happen?
1. What is the full name of the French woman who asked for Euthanasia?
2. What act is assisted suicide illegal under? and what year?
3. Name at least 2 of the passsages I used to show arguments for and against euthanasia.
4. In what year did Dame Cicely Saunders found St Christopher's Hospice?