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Euthanasia and
Assisted Suicide

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Euthanasia (AKA mercy killing) is the deliberate killing of another person with the motive of ending their suffering. This can be achieved by doing something (eg. a lethal injection) or by failing to do something (eg. withholding life-saving treatment) in order to cause or hasten death.

 

It is morally equivalent to assisted suicide which is where someone who knows what is about to happen allows someone to kill themselves or provides the means for them to do it.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide do not allow people to ‘die with dignity’.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not the “compassionate responses” to suffering.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are much more than personal choices.
Legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide inevitably lead to abuse of vulnerable persons.
Legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide would affect the provision of good care to the
very ill and dying.
Some doctors would be corrupted by having a “licence to kill”.
Giving necessary pain relief is ethical and legal. It is not the same as euthanasia.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide would not give dying patients better control over their treatment.
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