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Argument for legalised voluntary euthanasia

Argument for legalised voluntary euthanasia
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Key Info
  • Argument for legalised voluntary euthanasia
  • Duration: 01:25
  • Evan Harris MP (and former doctor) argues for the legalisation of assisted dying. He refutes the suggestion that its legalisation will have a negative impact on palliative care, and draws an analogy between compassionate care and non-voluntary euthanasia for sick animals and the current position for sick people who want the legal right to die with dignity. He asserts that it is not a doctor's decision - it's a patient's decision.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education

       Topic:

    Matters of Life and Death

  • Keywords: VES, Voluntary Euthanasia, legalising assisted dying, assisted suicide, dying with dignity
Ideas for use in class
  • 14-16 and 16-18 RS lessons that entail covering medical ethics; 16-18 General Studies and Citizenship lessons that look at similar issues and their possible legal implications.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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