There are many powerful arguments for and against euthanasia.
People with different beliefs may agree with many of these arguments. For example, an atheist may recognise that there are dangers in allowing euthanasia (the slippery slope argument), but they might argue that an individual's right to direct their own life outweighs other good arguments.
Many religious believers are likely to have great sympathy with arguments that a person should not have to live in agony, but for them, the idea that life is sacred may outweigh other arguments, however good.
So, should we be able to choose when and how to end our lives?
Some arguments in favour of euthanasia include:
Some non-religious arguments against euthanasia include: