Dignity and Dying

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The Term Euthanasia has descended from Greek mythology meaning “Good Death” today Euthanasia refers to the termination of one’s life to end their suffering from an incurable or terminal disease (Ebrahimi, 2012). Australian legislation When euthanasia performed it is classified as an act under legislation and is defined as: ➢ Voluntary euthanasia is performed at the request of the patient ➢ Involuntary euthanasia is performed when the patient doesn’t request it or with intent of reliving suffering, which is defined as murder. ➢ Non-voluntary: When a patient is incapable of consenting to treatment (Ebrahimi, 2012). In the Australian legal system depending on the jurisdiction murder has a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, in Victoria and New South Wales both have a maximum penalty, however in cases of euthanasia they are rarely prosecuted but when they are usually results in a lenient sentence (Bartels & Otlowski, 2010). In the Australian legal system depending on the jurisdiction murder has a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, however in Victoria and New South Wales both have a maximum penalties, which is at the discretion of the magistrate (Bartels & Otlowski, 2010) Legalised Euthanasia Netherlands The physician must be satisfied without a doubt that the request for termination of life and assisted suicide meets the following criteria. The request to be made independently by the patient, have a capacity to make the decision and have the capacity to do so
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