Euthanasia is the deliberate ending of someone’s life for compassionate reasons. For Sikhs, the timing of birth and death is completely in the hands of God.
What does "euthanasia" mean?
Deliberately killing someone
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What does UK law say about euthanasia?
Euthanasia is illegal
Euthanasia is suicide
Euthanasia is legal
What is active euthanasia?
Active euthanasia is when treatment is removed enabling a person to die
Active euthanasia is when the dying person requests it
Active euthanasia is when someone deliberately does something to bring about death
What is a hospice?
Hospice is another name for a hospital
A hospice is where dying people go to be cared for until natural death
A hospice is where people go to receive euthanasia
What is "the slippery slope" argument?
If you allow euthanasia, you will increase the dignity of life
If you allow euthanasia, other ways of removing the unwanted will follow
If you allow euthanasia, doctors will have too much power
What is meant by "self-determination"?
Self-determination means that people can decide for themselves about their own lives
Self-determination means that the government can tell people what they must do
Self-determination means that other people decide what is going to happen
Who do Sikhs believe determines when death occurs?
The individual Sikh
What type of euthanasia might be acceptable to Sikhs?
All types of euthanasia are equally morally justifiable
Euthanasia is not allowed at all
Passive euthanasia may be acceptable to many Sikhs, ie not artificially prolonging life
How are Sikhs encouraged to approach suffering?
They are encouraged to try and defeat it
They are encouraged to try and escape from it
They are encouraged to endure it on the understanding that suffering and joy occur in cycles
How do Sikhs demonstrate sewa to the dead and dying?
By supporting and working in local hospices
By campaigning to have euthanasia legalised in the UK
By bringing them food from the langar