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Transcript of Euthanasia
Types of Euthanasia
Active: when a person directly and deliberately causes the patient's death, whether using an injection.
Passive: when someone does not directly take the patient's life, they just allow them to die.
This can be by
(switching off a machine that is keeping a person alive) or
(not carrying out surgery that will extend life for a short time).
Voluntary: occurs at the request of the person who dies.
Involuntary: occurs when the person who dies chooses life and is killed anyway.
Non-voluntary: occurs when the person is unconscious or otherwise unable and an appropriate person takes the decision on their behalf.
The Way out
What is Euthanasia?
Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.
Lethal injection: It euthanize the person by using a combination of drugs. A narcotic drug is first given that puts the person to sleep. Then, another drug is injected that stops the breathing and heart function.
What does the church teach?
The Christian values believe that every life, created in the image of God, has intrinsic, God-given value that is not reduced by circumstances.
The issue is, rather, what God wills. For the Christian, life is God's gift and its end is to be determined by Him.
God teaches that suffering s a part of God's law, therefore, suffering that can not be cured should be accepted because it is dealt out by God, the creator of life.
If the Christian Church teaches that all human are equal, what are the circumstances?
-Christianity requires us to respect every human being
-If we respect a person shouldn't we respect their decisions about the end of their life?
• Atheism and Humanism believe that life is for joy, so according to this perspective, life should not be continued unless it is a wanted life. Suffering is an unmitigated negative; thus there are some lives not worth living.
There's a fine line between pain through depression, and pain through terminal illnesses.
Although one may not feel this way, there is almost always a way out of the pain due to depression, but do you honestly feel one should suffer through an illness that can never be cured?
is illegal in all states of the United States.
Physician aid in dying, or assisted suicide
, is legal in the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Vermont. The key difference between
and assisted suicide is who administers the lethal dose of medication.
Is it Legal?
Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940's, and the treatment in this country does not need to be preformed by a medical doctor.
For assisted suicide, the law does not require a physician to be involved, nor does it require the recipient to be a Swiss national. These aspects of the law are unique in the world.
Voluntary euthanasia has also been legal in Belgium since September 2002. Distraught about going blind, 45-year-old deaf twin brothers from Belgium chose to be euthanized because they couldn't bear not to see one another. The doctor who presided over the euthanasia described the twins as being "very happy." "It was a relief to see the end of their suffering,"