The right to die?
Euthanasia is when someone is helped to end their life because they are very sick and they will not get better. It is a subject that many people have strong feelings about: some people believe it is a good thing, and others believe it is completely wrong.
Euthanasia is illegal almost everywhere, although doctors in many countries admit that they have done it.
In the Netherlands there is an unusual situation. Euthanasia is illegal there, but doctors are not prosecuted if they follow special euthanasia guidelines.
The material in this unit comes from the New Internationalist issue on Ethics
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