Should Euthanasia be legalised in the UK?
Euthanasia is a serious subject with many different view points. Some people feel very strongly about legalising it, others feel strongly about keeping the law as it is. This article will examine these viewpoints, ‘The Euthanasia Debate’. In order to do so, I will be examining a series of case studies that have been previously shown to public. The article will discuss whether or not the legalisation of euthanasia should be allowed.
Although euthanasia is a serious subject, some people are unaware of the details. Euthanasia is literally translated from the Greek words ‘die well’ and basically means ‘a good death’. In everyday speech it describes the act of ending someone’s life that is terminally ill and is unable to recover. There are different types of euthanasia making the topic more controversial. To start off there is voluntary euthanasia – this is when someone who is terminally ill and cannot do anything for themselves, so they ask a doctor to do it for them, for example to give them a lethal injection or a huge dose of painkillers etc.. People also commit assisted suicide – this is when someone has such a painful disease that they cannot obtain the means for suicide, so they ask someone to give them the means to commit suicide. Another type of euthanasia is non-voluntary euthanasia – this is when someone is considered to have a life worse than death and is unable to make decisions themselves, for example a baby with abnormalities or people who are left in comas who are considered ‘brain-dead’. For example Tony Bland who I will discuss further later on in this article. Euthanasia has become so controversial because of the improvements in modern medical technology such as drugs and life support machines, meaning that we can keep people alive longer, because of this it has raised questions about whether euthanasia is fight or not.
Euthanasia is illegal in most parts of the world, including Britain. In legal...