The Euthanasia Debate

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The Euthanasia Debate Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person. In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it, but there are some cases called euthanasia where a person can't make such a request. A person who undergoes euthanasia is terminally ill, but there are other situations in which some people want euthanasia. There are many meanings and ideas to many people about the value of human existence, but the question lies before each and every one of us- do human beings have the right to decide the issues of life and death for ourselves. Most religions disapprove of euthanasia. Some of them absolutely forbid it. The Catholic Church, for example is one of the most active organisations in opposing euthanasia. Human beings are free to do as they please, but their freedom does not extend to the ending of their own lives. Euthanasia and suicide are both a rejection of god's absolute sovereignty over life and death. The church believes that each human life is a manifestation of god in the world, a sign of his presence and glory. "The life which god offers to man is a gift by which the god shares something of himself with his creation". The human being who insists that they have the right to die is denying the truth of their fundamental relationship with god. God gives people life so only god has the right to take it away. Virtually all religions state that those who become vulnerable through illness or disability deserve special care and protection, and that proper end of life care is a much better thing that euthanasia. Pope John Paul the 2nd sees euthanasia as grave violation of the law of god, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. The Catholic Church regards euthanasia as morally wrong. It has always taught the absolute and unchanging value of the commandment '' you shall not kill". The church has said that "nothing
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