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Euthanasia: Wrong or Right?

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Started: 3/25/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Should Euthanasia be legalized?

"the terminally ill are a class of persons who need protection from family, social, and economic pressures, and who are often particularly vulnerable to such pressures because of chronic pain, depression, and the effects of medication." ... from the State of Alaska's arguments that assisted suicide is dangerous (Sampson et al. v State of Alaska, 09/21/2001)

Wrong: unjust
Right: just
Euthanasia: the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma

My stand: Euthanasia should not be legalized
Opponent's stand: Euthanasia should be legalized


I Accept.

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Debate Round No. 1


I accept.

Let me start by saying this. Euthanasia is injustice, and it is indeed immoral. Killing in itself is immoral. Here's a scenario. Imagine you're in a hospital, barely able to walk, and you're given a form for euthanasia. If you were to sign it, is it on your own accord, or did you feel pressured?

Example 1: an elderly person in a nursing home, who can barely understand a breakfast menu, is asked to sign a form consenting to be killed. Is this voluntary or involuntary? Will they be protected by the law? How? Right now the overall prohibition on killing stands in the way. Once one signature can sign away a person's life, what can be as strong a protection as the current absolute prohibition on direct killing? Answer: nothing.

Supposed you're in your 80s, lying on the hospital bed. Every day, your son would come over, bringing your grandchildren to visit their favorite grandparent. Seems perfect, right? But deep down inside, you're guilty. You think you're a vegetable. You think you're just being a burden; slowly sucking away your son's finances. You think it's selfish for you to cause your son to suffer, just so that you can spend an extra day with your children. (Let's imagine that Euthanasia is indeed legalized in this parallel world). You decide that euthanasia would be the best choice. You take it. Little did you know, your life has brought way more happiness than anything. In fact, your contributions are so huge, the amount of cash your son has to pay each month is nothing compared to the happiness you bring to your family. Do you think your son will feel great that you chose death, because you're worried about his financial status? Put yourself in the son's shoe for a second. Your mom, who gave up everything just for you, chose to die to save you money. After all her sacrifices, and finally, you thought you could repay it? Nope, she chose to save you a couple buck.

Euthanasia is not only unjust; it is also a selfish way out.


ChickenBoy8888 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


My opponent has forfeited. Euthanasia is wrong. Votes please.


ChickenBoy8888 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Heirio 7 months ago
If someone is truly suffering and that suffering cannot be stopped would you keep that person alive or end their suffering via euthanasia?
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Vote Placed by dsjpk5 6 months ago
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