The Legal Implications Of Euthanasia

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Introduction
Euthanasia has been a matter of debate from many years all over the world. The word “Euthanasia” has derived from the Greek language, which refers to “good death”. It is a wilful act undertaken by one person with the intention of either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in the cases of terminal ill persons or persons irreversible comas. Euthanasia has been divided in different categories such as Voluntary involuntary and non-voluntary euthanasia, which can either be active or passive (Johnstone, 2008). This case study is an example of voluntary euthanasia where a person asks her friend to assist her to be euthanized. This case study will focus on the legal implications as well as the ethical principles for both the patient and friend who may accompany her friend to Switzerland at Dignitas to be euthanatized. It will also explore the arguments in favour and against euthanasia and the course of action. To be more precise the patient will be referred as Mary.

Legal Implications
The current Australian law prohibits euthanasia and it is illegal to assist anyone with euthanasia and the assisting person can be charged with murder or manslaughter (Reference). There are many attempts has been made to legalise euthanasia but they all are unsuccessful, however, Euthanasia has been legalised in some countries including Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland and there are many non government organisations which assist people like Mary…

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