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raissaguldam_cassiopeia
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vohne
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EUTHANASIA BE LEGALIZED IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Started: 11/20/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 19,641 times Debate No: 86
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raissaguldam_cassiopeia

Con

euthanasia or mercy- killing is an act of taking one's life. Legalization of euthanasia can affect the Filipino culture and tradition in a way that it affects the close family ties. Also, legalizing mercy-killing can be againstthe doctor's ethics. Lastly, euthanasia is against the constitution Article 3, Section 1.
vohne

Pro

Firstly, I disagree with your definition of euthanasia. Euthanasia is the putting to death, by painless method, of a terminally-ill or severely debilitated person through the omission (intentionally withholding a life-saving medical procedure, also known as passive euthanasia) or commission of an act (active euthanasia), as defined by the leanlegal dictionary online. I also find your first point confusing; in what way does the legalisation of euthanasia affect the close family ties in Filipinos? I, being a Filipino, can relate, and I fail to see your point. Secondly, define what you mean by "the doctor's ethics"? In a case to case basis, a doctor will not be performing euthanasia if he/she is against it, therefore it is a fallacy to generalise to all doctors. Lastly, euthanasia is against the constitution, that is why the topic is should it be legalised. Saying it is currently not legal is restating the topic, no relevance.

Now for my arguments. Firstly, the financial costs of keeping a person on a life support machine are enormous, not to mention hospital bills and 24-hour medical care. 80% of the Filipinos live in poverty, how many people can afford this? What happens then if the family cannot afford keeping the relative on life support? Do they get arrested?

Secondly, the emotional distress that is caused by seeing your loved one in a vegetative state for an extended period of time while doctors continually tell you that there is no hope for recovery is potentially traumatizing. Some people who consider this as suffering for the vegetable loved one will want euthanasia, but they haven't the option. Legalising this will not force everyone to take this course, but rather only provide an option.

Lastly, the medical facilities and time that is devoted towards the vegetative patient with low chances of recovery could be spent helping someone else in greater need. Already in the Philippines we have a shortage of medical personnel and equipment, this additional burden will only cause more damage.
Debate Round No. 1
raissaguldam_cassiopeia

Con

First of all, thank you for accepting my proposition.

I'm very amazed by your arguments!I humbly surrender..hehe..I'm not capable of answering or arguing or debating with you..:)

congratulations!..
vohne

Pro

haha, well I do believe in my arguments. Hope to see you in future debates. There is a mininum of 100 characters befor eyou can post, so im just filling the spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... See ya
Debate Round No. 2
raissaguldam_cassiopeia

Con

raissaguldam_cassiopeia forfeited this round.
vohne

Pro

I have made my arguments. May the best debater win.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by vohne 6 years ago
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No one has put a cost on human life, but rather from an economical point of view, there is an opportunity cost of keeping a person with low chances of recovery alive, that opportunity cost is saving other people who have greater chances of living.

I maybe am for euthanasia, but I am also for the universal health care program which means that I believe that everyone has the basic right to live. Seems contradictory, but if a country has the universal health care program, they wouldn't have the problem of financing the patient on life support.

My arguments just focus on the fact that we are dealing with the Philippines, an LEDC.
Posted by PreacherFred 6 years ago
PreacherFred
My questions would be to vohne. You state that keeping a person alive is cost-prohibative. Since when has anyone put a monetery cost on human life?
Posted by vohne 6 years ago
vohne
Thanks nikki :) Too bad, I was kinda excited for this one.
Posted by gonovice 6 years ago
gonovice
did you just give up?
congrats vohne i guess!!

-nikki
Posted by gonovice 6 years ago
gonovice
you guys are kinda confusing but its definetley good!!
Posted by iamsano 6 years ago
iamsano
I will be ready to debate this motion later with you with a pro case.
thanks
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