Euthanasia is  currently a hot topic.  The Terry Schiavo case has crossed the nation and the oceans - her fate has become very personal to countless strangers.  In order to discuss this controversy, we must have an understanding  of both sides of this issue.  Use the question guide and links below to help you arrive at a thoughtful opinion and provide you with support for your opinion.


Question Guide


  • Define the terms euthanasia, assisted suicide, mercy killing.

  • What arguments are used by pro euthanasia groups to support their opinion?

  • What arguments are used by anti euthanasia groups to support their opinion?

  • Doctors take the "Hippocratic oath" and dedicate themselves to saving lives.  Does the practice of euthanasia contradict this oath?

  • Is euthanasia a moral or legal issue?

  • What controversial problems arise during the discussion of euthanasia legislation?

  • Should each individual case be decided by a judge?

  • Who is Dr. Jack Kevorkian?

  • What is a "living will"?

  • Does your country support the idea of a "living will"?

  • What is the Dutch position on euthanasia?

  • Based on your research, is euthanasia mercy or murder?


New York Times Review

Guardian Unlimited Review


Mar Adentro  -  The Sea Inside       

Directed by  Alejandro Amenábar            

       2005 Winner of Best Foreign Film


PLOT SUMMARY - Life story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the gift of his love, these two women are inspired to accomplish things they never previously thought possible. Despite his wish to die, Ramón taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others.