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The View from the Classroom – Euthanasia

The View from the Classroom – Euthanasia – What is euthanasia, and what do you think about it? Students from Key Stages 4 and 5 in schools all around the country give us the view from the classroom.

Fine

Fine – Joe returns to school after his mother’s funeral, and has to cope with his bereavement surrounded by friends who don’t understand what he’s going through, and teachers who are unsure how to help him.

A film by Emily May Smith.

With thanks to Portsmouth Grammar School.

If someone close to you has died, or if a friend is trying to cope with the death of someone they knew, you can find support and guidance at Child Bereavement UK.

To Life

To Life – Tanwen’s father Gareth died when she was 19 years old. He was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease which was gradually taking away his ability to move, to speak, to swallow. And yet he remained positive until the end, and sincerely wanted Tanwen to continue enjoying life to the full. Tanwen talks about how her father died and how she dealt – and still deals – with her grief. He died before his time, but Tanwen now feels that it was the best thing that could have happened – that he died while he still had his dignity.

A film by Adam Tyler.

Nominated in the Factual category of the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2017.

Designer Babies: The Fertility Expert

Designer Babies: The Fertility Expert – Geeta is a fertility specialist who argues against the creation of too many surplus embryos and against genetic screening because she says having a baby is “not a lifestyle choice”.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Mother

Designer Babies: The Mother – Elaine inherited a genetic fault which increases her chances of getting breast cancer, and she has passed it on to one of her daughters. Having suffered treatment for cancer she now wishes that genetic screening had been available for the sake of future generations.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Jain

Designer Babies: The Jain – When Nishad and his wife were expecting their first child, they were told that the baby had Down’s Syndrome, and given the option to terminate the pregnancy. Nishad is a Jain, and believes that he should not have the power to choose whether or not a soul continues its life.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Doctor

Designer Babies: The Doctor – Shane is a doctor in genetic medicine and argues that his work is a “tremendous blessing” and helps families live as normally as possible.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Pro-Life Campaigner

Designer Babies: The Pro-Life Campaigner – James likens the creation of designer babies to the Nazi dream of breeding a super-race, and is mainly concerned about all the embryos that are discarded in the process.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Saviour Sibling

Designer Babies: The Saviour Sibling – Joe’s daughter was Britain’s first “designer baby” and without her, his son would not have been cured of a rare bone marrow condition.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv

Designer Babies: The Vicar

Designer Babies: The Vicar – Joanna is a Vicar, and she is pregnant. She was born with a defect of the jaw and her brother has Down’s Syndrome, so she challenges the right of people to abort babies with congenital problems.

Courtesy of 4thought.tv