This information is taken from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society Website: www.ves.org.uk
 
These links are very useful!
 

The case for

The case against

Public opinion

Medical opinion

Religion

Holland

Living wills

Definitions

 
 


Factsheets on voluntary euthanasia

The word 'euthanasia' comes from the Greek words 'eu' and 'thanatos', which together mean 'a good death'. Today, the meaning of 'euthanasia' has widened, to include how that good death is brought about. Specifically, 'euthanasia' is understood to mean a good death brought about by a doctor providing drugs or an injection to bring a peaceful end to the dying process.

There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the issue of euthanasia. In this section, you will find a series of factsheet pages which look at every aspect of this complex debate. What are the views of the major religions about voluntary euthanasia? What's going on in Holland? What do the public think?

For teachers and students, all of these factsheet pages are available to download as PDF files, to make them easier to use. You are also welcome to photocopy them for teaching purposes.

Once you have gained an overview of the subject, if you want to study the issues in greater detail, this site carries a number of academic articles on a variety of related subjects to read through.