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As we have seen, the government eventually determined it would have experts examine each case individually. In the case of Debbie and Omar, the government said that Omar could help Debbie go to Switzerland when they decided the time was right. He would not be prosecuted. 48 This meant that Debbie and Omar could wait many more years before she would feel the need to end her life. She said, “I’m ecstatic. . ” As of 2010, Debbie was still living out her life, enjoying her days with Omar, free to decide on the appropriate time to go to Switzerland.

The word “sanctity” means “holy” or “sacred”. There are many ways of interpreting the ideas of “holy” and “sacred”, but two key ideas are: • Something that is holy or sacred is “godly”. It is a part of our lives that is connected to God. • Something that is holy or sacred is untouchable. It is something that should not be violated or altered by humans. So, to say that people believe in the sanctity of life is to say that human life is connected to God and must not be violated. This makes it wrong to end a human life intentionally.

37 e d i c i u S Assisted e h t d n u o Laws Ar World In recent years, science, religion, and law have continually collided over many issues. Science and medicine continue to lead humans in new directions. Sometimes these new directions conflict with religious beliefs. Governments frequently step in when they believe individual rights are in danger, or if the common good of society is at risk. The case of euthanasia and assisted suicide is a perfect example of this cycle. Australia’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act On 1 July 1996, an historic occurrence took place in Australia.

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