Essay on Euthanasia
An acceptance of the practice of Voluntary Euthanasia is incompatible with the Christian belief in the Sanctity of Life but not with the attitudes of some ethical philosophers. Discuss.
'No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'. Imagine at the age of 40, you are diagnosed with Motor neurone disease, a fatal disease that causes degeneration of the motor neurones, which leads the wasting of muscles. You are intellectually sound but totally dependant on your spouse for physical support. You are aware of the fact that your death is imminent and will probably be painful, suffering from severe breathing problems and pneumonia before …show more content…
Again the Church of England's views revolve around the sanctity of life and there is no possibility of euthanasia being acceptable under this principle. It's stated that 'because human life is a gift of God to be preserved and nourished, the deliberate taking of human life is prohibited'. It recognises the many technological advances in medicine and states that the Church of England ' does not place on doctors an overriding obligation to prolong life by all available means'. They also believe that euthanasia may be considered in extreme cases but only with the approval of at least two medical officials. Anglicans consider it their duty to ensure that the 'slippery-slope' does not claim innocent victims.
Most Methodists believe that people would not