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  • euthanasia (
    Etymology: Greek, easy death, from euthanatos, from eu- good + thanatos death
    = "the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy."
    - euthanasic / euthanatic
    (adjective) = "that which can facilitate euthanasia" or (noun) a drug suitable for euthanasia. (




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  • Canada's parliament passes assisted suicide bill - 18 June 2016
    "Canada's parliament has passed a contentious bill to allow medically-assisted death for terminally ill people..."

    Assisted suicide is currently legal in just a few countries, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Albania, Colombia and Japan.
    The practice is legal in the US states of Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana."

    + What different countries say about assisted dying - 6 October 2015

  • Californians now have right to ‘aid in dying’: How did we get here? - 10 June 2016

  • Sharlotte Hydorn, Woman Who Sold Suicide Kits, Will Be Sentenced For Tax Crimes - 07 May 2012 - Article + Video
    "A 92-year-old Southern California woman who acknowledged selling kits intended to help people commit suicide has been sentenced to five years supervised probation for failing to file federal tax returns..."


  • Teen kidnaps puppy to save it from euthanasia
    "Public rallies around desperate pet owner to help him pay expensive vet bill.
    A New Zealand teenager faced legal action for stealing his own injured puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasia when the family couldn't afford
    expensive surgery after it was hit by a car. "

    Watch the VIDEO. (YouTube)

  • Euthanasia: a continent divided
    "Europe is deeply split over how it treats its terminally ill. The divisions were exposed on one day in March, when Belgian writer Hugo Claus ended his life under medical supervision in Antwerp and French former teacher Chantal Sebire died at home, having lost a legal battle to choose her time of dying."



  • Euthanasia and the law (November 2000)
    "What is the law on deliberate euthanasia in Britain and other European states?"




  • The Right to Die? - Euthanasia - For and Against
    - "Each text is accompanied by tasks to do." (Frankie Meehan -
  • Arguments Against Euthanasia (
    1) Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill"
    2) Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment
    3) Euthanasia will become non-voluntary
    4) Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life
  • Reasons for Euthanasia (
    1) Unbearable pain
    2) Right to commit suicide
    3) People should not be forced to stay alive




  • Euthanasia - A text + questions (




  • Live and Let Die (
    "This lesson deals with the gritty topic of euthanasia, so not a worksheet to use with a new group or students you don't know very well.
    Words deriving from the root word "die" are practised in a vocabulary exercise.
    A gap-fill exercise for associated phrases will get students thinking and the discussion questions will encourage fluency.
    E.g. "Do you believe in euthanasia?"




Euthanasia Cartoons

Euthanasia cartoons

Sky-diving team






  • Euthanasia by Suicide Commando (
    "I came to die
    Terminal patient
    Dies inside Pain and evil
    Side by side
    Final treatment
    Final fear..."







  • Soylent Green (1973) - (
    – Charlton Heston, Joseph Cotton, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors
    (dir. Richard Fleischer).
    "Central theme is the “Greenhouse effect”, but it contains the classic scene of Robinson’s idyllic euthanasia."

    + a VIDEO (YouTube)