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Euthanasia - Putting People out of Their Misery

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mpoziemski
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/8/2009 Category: Health
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mpoziemski

Pro

Euthanasia should indeed be legalized in the United States. Many people are suffering and living almost intolerable lives that could be ended humanely while the person still has a shred of dignity left. Many will argue that Euthanasia is morally wrong, but who is to say in the matter? Is it not more compassionate to end a human's suffering then to make them hold on only to die later after a long, drawn out pain filled battle?
Registered_Trademark

Con

Euthanasia should remain illegal in the United States. Though many people are suffering from suffering due to injury or illness modern medicine has been effective in controlling and making pain less sever in those who are suffering, they do not need to be assisted in suicide to alleviate their pain.

If euthanasia is to become legal it may result in abuse, for example a family member may try and convince their terminally ill relative to ask to be euthanized because they will be a financial strain on them or they wish to collect their inheritance, even though it may be against their individual's wishes.

Suffering is an important part of life, and through suffering a person learns to better appreciate life and makes peaces with things that happened in their past and the people in their life. If you eliminate this process it may result negatively on those who knew the individual.

I would at this point like to thank both my opponent in this debate as well as the readers.
Debate Round No. 1
mpoziemski

Pro

One solution to resolve the abuse of this method would be death panels. The idea of a death panel is that a group of physicians meet with a terminally ill patient who is seeking assisted suicide as a means to end their life. The panel looks at the patients medical records and asks questions to determine if they are a proper candidate for assisted suicide.

Interviewing the patient is an important aspect of this procedure as some patients may not be in a sane state of mind at the time of their request. If a person is considered to be mentally incapable of requesting their own death, then the procedure will not be carried out. Ultimately the suffering patient is the only one who can make the decision. A relative or caretaker would not be allowed to file for euthanasia on behalf of the terminally ill patient.
Registered_Trademark

Con

Death Panels are far from an ideal solution to insure abuse of the choice of assisted suicide does not occur. For example many of the physicians on the board or panel may be employed by the hospital which the patient is admitted to and may approve assisted suicide because it may be less costly to the hospital then keeping them alive, even though it may not be in the best interest of the patient.
Debate Round No. 2
mpoziemski

Pro

Strict regulations must be implemented and monitored closely. The government should work hand in hand with the insurance companies to establish proper regulations to avoid an influx of malpractice lawsuits, and large increases in medical insurance.

Euthanasia is a valuable, underused procedure in American medicine. Terminal illnesses cause large amounts of pain and sickness with little hope for survival. If a person is suffering and almost assured death, then why leave them in agony? Death can and should occur with dignity and humanity. Rotting away in a hospital bed is no way to live. If a person's misery can end just a little sooner, who are we to stop them? Euthanasia offers comfort to terminally ill patients who cannot live a fulfilling, painless life anymore. It also spares their loved ones the pain and agony of visiting them in their time of suffering, because we all know how hard it is to see someone you love in pain.
Registered_Trademark

Con

Euthanasia is a pointless, and inhumane practice in medicine. It offers few benefits that modern medicine doesn't already provide. Though suffering and seeing someone in pain may be far from a joyful experience they are both important for the development of our character, and thus it should not be opt out of.

I would like to thank the readers and my opponent.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
Rats, I didn't get a chance to vote. I'll debate this with you, Con :)
Posted by Registered_Trademark 7 years ago
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RFDs anyone?
Posted by Nails 7 years ago
Nails
I love youth in Asia.
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