Satisfactory Essays
Should Euthanasia be legalised in the UK?

Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of an ill person’s life in order to soothe them from the suffering the illness is causing. This act is usually conducted by people with terminal illness; however there are other incidents which lead to euthanasia. In the UK euthanasia is illegal similarly Islamic countries forbid any form of suicide as they believe in the sanctity of life whereas in other countries such as Belgium and Luxembourg this is not the case .Should a person in a lot of pain be allowed to commit suicide to relieve their suffering? And who has the right to deny a person a peaceful ending to their life and stop the suffering permanently? Euthanasia is a very controversial topic and those in favour argue that it’s the patients choice what they do with their life in cases of terminal illnesses the death is inevitable so what is the point in prolonging the process? Others argue that Voluntary euthanasia will eventually lead to involuntary euthanasia and the termination of people deemed as undesirable.

A strong ethical argument against the use of euthanasia is that, Lord Walton, chairman of a House of Lords committee looking into euthanasia says: “We concluded that it was virtually impossible to ensure that all acts of euthanasia were truly voluntary and that any liberalisation of the law in the United Kingdom could not be abused.” Since involuntary euthanasia is indistinguishable from murder it will be hard to identify and regulate murder cases as they can be passed off as involuntary euthanasia leading to the severity of murder as a crime being mediocre since people can escape the consequence using euthanasia. There is also concern that doctors are bestowed with too much power and...

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... used in other situations other than terminal illness is old age and being able to die with dignity before they are unable to go through with simple tasks such as going toilet alone, this is usually they don’t burden their families and retain pride.

In conclusion, there are many reason for both points of views, I personally disagree with the euthanasia as it is a controversial topic and the cons outweigh the pros. I however, agree with many arguments against euthanasia, such as the danger of it transgressing and becoming murder. I believe that voluntary euthanasia can cover up lots of criminal acts, such as murder which can create fear of doctors which comes with the power they have to kill you and get away with it. Allowing euthanasia contradicts the fact that doctors and nurses are supposed to save lives, and therefore I am against the legalisation of euthanasia.
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