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The term euthanasia means death without suffering or a good death There are four ways to qualify the word euthanasia Voluntary euthanasia is when a patient makes a conscious decision that his or her life should end and asks for help in doing so This is sometimes called assisted suicide Involuntary euthanasia is when an individual in society makes a positive decision to end the life of someone suffering without consent from the sufferer Active euthanasia implies some active step for example the giving of a drug has been taken to cause the death of a sufferer Passive euthanasia means no active treatment is given rather treatment is withheld Because it arouses questions about the morality of killing the effectiveness of consent and the duties of physicians and equity in the distribution of resources euthanasia is one of the most acute and uncomfortable contemporary problems in medical ethics Many people believe euthanasia should not be carried forward as doctors ought not to kill people and ought not to let them die if it is possible to save1 Euthanasia has been discussed in relation to most illnesses and age groups through most commonly in relation to diseases associated with severe mental or physical disability or in relation to severe suffering usually pain Many people believe that if an individual matters in herself it is wrong intentionally to kill her it is morally wrong intentionally to destroy an item that is valuable in itself This generally means that to prevent a persons suffering depends on the value of that person in herself and this value places a limit on the extent to which we can rightfully act to prevent her suffering If she has intrinsic value then euthanasia is immoral my essay will discuss if it is always immoral or not I believe that in the UK voluntary euthanasia should be legalised Many would disagree with me but I believe that voluntary euthanasia is fundamentally by choice
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