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logoCheck yourself: What did each doctor say?

Check if you understood what the two doctors feel about euthanasia.

Read each sentence and decide who made each point. Then choose that doctor.

Dr Gerrit Kimsma, supports the option of voluntary euthanasia.

Dr Peter Ravenscroft is against euthanasia.


The doctor's statement.

Who said this?
Dr Kimsma - the supporter of Euthanasia - or
Dr Ravenscroft -the opponent of Euthanasia


If euthanasia is available, people may choose euthanasia too easily, instead of looking for other treatment.


People should know about all the treatments they can have so that they understand what they are doing if they choose euthanasia.


Human beings should not control life and death.


It is wrong to let people suffer when it is not necessary.


People cannot know for certain that their pain will not get better.


Some people live much long than doctors expect; they might have died too soon if euthanasia was available.


Some people die naturally after they have chosen euthanasia because they feel much more peaceful.


Euthanasia allows people to focus on important personal things at the end of their lives.


Euthanasia is unnecessary because people can be given painkillers and drugs to make them more comfortable.


It is wrong if patients choose euthanasia only because they have not received good palliative care.


Euthanasia is dangerous because other people can pressure someone into choosing euthanasia.


Doctors and family members must always be careful not to think of euthanasia as an easy answer.


As you can see, Doctors Ravenscroft and Kimsma have opposite views on euthanasia, but many of their concerns are similar. They agree that:


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