Do You Think That the Right to Life Entails a Right to Die Under Certain Circumstances? Should the Law Be Changed to Grant a Universal Right to Voluntary Euthanasia?

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I am going to answer these two questions in this essay. They are “Do you think that the right to life entails a right to die under certain circumstances?” and “Should the laws be changed to grant a universal right to voluntary euthanasia?”. In this essay, I am going to give reasons using ethical theories to justify these questions. Euthanasia Euthanasia is the act of a physician or other third party ending a patient's life in response to severe pain and suffering. Euthanasia can be classified into three types. They are voluntary euthanasia, non-voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia. Involuntary euthanasia is the action that takes the patient’s life without any informed consent of the patient but the patient may want to live.…show more content…
Reference 1. From Angela Morrow, RN, former About.com Guide, (2009), Euthanasia, [Online] Available: http://dying.about.com/od/glossary/g/euthanasia.htm (22/12/2012) 2. BBC, Ethics guide, Active and passive euthanasia [Online] Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/euthanasia/overview/activepassive_1.shtml (26/12/2012) 3. Wikipedia, Right to life, [Online] Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_life (20/12/2012) 4. Heather Bloor, Yahoo! Contributor Network, An Ethics Case Study on the Right to Die and the Withdrawal of Medical Treatment [Online] Available: http://voices.yahoo.com/an-ethics-case-study-right-die-withdrawal-4612503.html?cat=5

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