Flashcards in Euthanasia Deck (8)
what is Euthanasia
Is the deliberate termination of an individual’s life (at that individual’s request), Or in medical practice the active and deliberate termination of a patients life, on that patients request, by a doctor.
done intentionally by giving a lethal injection or drinking a barbituate to end a terminal illness
withdrawing treatment or switching off a life support machine and allowing a person to die
carried out at the request of a fully informed person
non- voluntary euthanasia
if a person is unable to give consent or to express their own wishes
were the primary actions is to relieve pain by the secondary is death
arguments for euthanasia
>Secular age, people don’t believe in god. Right to decide.
>Your life! 1961 suicide act- not illegal. Humane
>82% of UK agree V.E should be legal
>We put dogs down, why not humans
>Mary Warnock- those who have lost sense of dignity should be respected.
>‘Nature has placed mankind under two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure and that alone should point out what we do’ Bentham
>If god is love, you should show love to others.
>No specific in Bible, V.E isn’t murder, ‘death is better than a miserable life and eternal rest then chronic sickness’
>Pain relief at childbirth, but none at death- Albert Camus
>Contraception is widely accepted in Cath. Laity, so too should V.E. both issues are concerned with life and death and right of individual to make own decisions – Pro Hans King
>Honesty. Patients needs, could strengthen relationship
>Holland- 3% of deaths are due to V.E
>Backstreet abortions, suicide might get worse?
>Each year 25,000 people in Holland ask to have life ended if life was intolerable, only 9,000 repeated, 3,000 had it
>‘To say people are forced into V.E is like saying making love is rape’ Annie Lindsell
>‘People in a vegitive state are not people’ Fletcher
>Limited healthcare. 20% of people given extra-ordinary care have no chance of survival