It Is Old Fashioned to Insist That Medical Ethics Should Be Guided by Religious Principles Alone. Examine and Comment on This Claim, with Reference to the Topic You Have Investigated. Essay

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It is old fashioned to insist that medical ethics should be guided by religious principles alone. Examine and comment on this claim, with reference to the topic you have investigated. (50 marks) There are many different sections of medical ethics, such as stem cell harvesting, organ donation and abortion. these topics all cause moral dilemmas and am guided by moral and religious principles. But the section of medical ethics I have studied and are going to talk about in this essay is euthanasia. Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person, painlessly, to benefit them and end suffering. It is only meant for use in cases of terminally ill patients who no longer feel their quality of life is worth living for as they are in lots of pain. It comes from the Greek word en thanatos which means a 'gentle and easy death'. There are different types of euthanasia, which include passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is where vital treatment or food and drink is withdrawn from the patient and allows them to die naturally. Passive euthanasia is legal in the UK and other countries such as India and Mexico. Active euthanasia is when deliberate action is taken to end a person's life, which could be, for example taking drugs themselves to end their life. Active euthanasia is illegal in most countries, however is legal in Belgium and Switzerland, but has guidelines that need to be followed in order to be able to carry out the process. However it is not as simple as going to Switzerland and ending a person's life, as the people who accompany them could face legal charges when they return home. The problems that arise from the topic of euthanasia are due to moral and religious values which influence people's views on euthanasia, as their guiding principles and moral could challenge the usage of euthanasia as a means to end a life. The principle of

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