Euthanasia is the deliberate ending of someone’s life for compassionate reasons. The principles of ahimsa and karma underline the stance taken by Hindus on this sensitive subject.
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 they remove treatment and let a person 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?
A 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
Why might some Hindus say ending suffering by using euthanasia could lead to more suffering for the person who dies?
They believe suffering is caused by personal karmic debt so if it's cut short it will have to be 'paid' fully in another life
They believe the person who does the killing will be punished
They believe the person will regret their decision afterwards
Which Hindu principle does euthanasia go against?
Why might some Hindus view some acts of euthanasia as good action?
They believe it's OK to kill someone if they are very old
They believe ending suffering and helping someone onto their next life is a positive thing to do
They believe it's legal and therefore right
What does the Bhagavad Gita suggest about ending your own life by refusing food?
It is always wrong to refuse food
It can be an act of meditation to overcome pain by concentrating the mind and body only on God
Only women are allowed to end their lives this way