The legality of euthanasia in the UK is currently illegal. There are several arguments for and against such as the ethical argument, as well as the pragmatic. The ethical argument being that individuals should have the freedom of choice to take their own life. A more pragmatic approach would be that euthanasia is already practiced by many, so why not legalise it in order to have a more controlled and regulated method of carrying out euthanasia?
Along with the ethical and pragmatic arguments for euthanasia and assisted suicide, there are also other arguments such as medical and religious. Euthanasia and assisted suicide cannot be approved by religion, as there is a rudimentary belief that God is the giver and taker of life. This is the opinion shared by Muslims, Christians and Jews.
Although there are arguments for and against euthanasia, it must be considered that if an individual takes their own life then although it is considered a crime, there is no punishment for him as the individual is already deceased. However, in terms of assisted suicide, there still remains an individual to be punished; however, is the living individual really to take the blame and be punished for it?
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