Euthanasia (sometimes known as assisted dying) is the “painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.”. It is carried out by an injection. It first causes muscle paralysis and unconsciousness and then stops the heart. Similar injections are used for the death penalty by lethal injection in some states in America.

Euthanasia is only legal in some countries around the world, for example, it is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. There are three types of euthanasia – voluntary, non-voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is when euthanasia is done with the patients consent. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the patients consent is unavailable. Involuntary euthanasia is euthanasia done without the patients consent or against the patients will. Non-voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia are illegal in all countries. In many countries there is controversy over the legalisation of euthanasia. This often because of the ethical and moral issues of it.

I believe that voluntary euthanasia should be fully legal as people should have the right to die. If the patient has a poor quality of life they should be allowed to die. There should be no problem with euthanasia if people are not enjoying life as they should be and they feel that there is no point in being alive. Despite this, I believe that euthanasia should only be practised if the patient has an incurable and life affecting condition or disease. If the patient is in a coma they should be allowed to be euthanised if they include this in their will. I understand that this is a delicate subject as it may be thought of as morally wrong and may go against religious beliefs. 

Euthanasia is a controversial subject in politics but I strongly believe that euthanasia should be legalised.

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One thought on “Euthanasia 

  1. My sister in law died from a horrible disease called Motor Neurone Disease which is in the news currently as he wants to choose how and when he dies before his is incapable. It’s our last wish to die with dignity and I think it should be legal.


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