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MichaelAndersen
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Euthanasia should be illegalized

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Started: 2/22/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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gg4xwac

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I think that euthanasia should be illegal in all countries. The practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide is for a small number of people who are terminally ill and want to end their life in a peaceful and “meaningful” way. It is seen as a “very last option”. The way I see it killing is wrong and who are we to as a mankind to take another human life?


It is not the fact that we cannot kill ourselves or get the help from doctors to do it. It is the fact that it is wrong to do so. We are all a creation of God and if some people choose death because they are ill in some way, they deny God. Denying God is an unforgivable sin and those who the deny God will not be forgiven.


Some might say that dying is good for us, but how can dying in any possible way be good for us? Why would God set such a horrible test for his own creations?


Also as I wrote before euthanasia was firstly limited to a “very last option” for a small number of terminally ill people. Some people discuss whether or not the practice of euthanasia should be extended to not only terminally ill people but also newborns and people that suffer from dementia. For example the Netherlands consider extending the practice of euthanasia to people over the age of 70 who are tired of living. Why should euthanasia even be an option if you are over the age of 70 and tired of living? Why should death even be an option?


MichaelAndersen

Con

You mention that euthanasia is "for a small number of people who are terminally ill". I do see your point if you look at this issue from a religious perspective but is it not more important to consider the needs of the dying, rather than the religious perspective? Furthermore, it seems like you are applying the same yardstick to everybody.

A friend of mine suffers from progressive muscular atrophy. She was an athletic girl just 5 years ago. She is bound to a wheelchair now and she will probably not be able to consume food by herself in very few years from now. Is it fair that she has to suffer a long and painful death?

In step with the society evolving into being a more individualistic, I think that everyone with a severe incurable disease should be able to decide themselves whether they want to die at a point where they can still do the things they love the most before dying, leaving a positive memory in their nearest relations. Just imagine being a relative to someone with, just to take your example, dementia. The person suffering from dementia will start not recognizing their own children, siblings and so on.

One more thing. To the question about whether euthanasia is right or wrong, you mention that "It is the fact that it is wrong to do so." Right or wrong is very subjective. This is the problem with religion in general. There is only right and wrong, black and white. There is nothing in-between. Lets presume that a person has been living as a Christian all life long and gets terminally ill with stage 4 cancer. This person will die within a very short amount of time, maybe a year or two. Wouldn't it be fair if the person could arrange his own death? He could go to a place he has always wanted, return home and die in peace with his family surrounding him.

I am convinced that the issue lies within the perception of the society rather than the religious aspect. Not many people are religious as of today. It is more a taboo than a religious problem. It needs to be addressed in the public and awareness has to be made about this opportunity for terminally ill people.
Debate Round No. 1
gg4xwac

Pro

God is only testing her and he would not make her suffer, if there was no reason for it. If it is Gods will for her to get better, she will get better. God will not make his creations suffer an agonizing death, only those who deserve it.
He decides when it is time to leave earth and therefore would assisted suicide be cheating. God let"s all human beings suffer, because it draws upon all the elements of a human being, which allows a human being to show its value, so suffering might be a good thing. It also gives you the opportunity to show how to act when all the bad things in life hits you.Plus it gives you the opportunity to set a good example to other human beings.

You mention something about being able to arrange your own death if you are diagnosed with, as you wrote, stage 4 cancer. Why would a person arrange his own death, when suffering does not necessarily mean that they cannot enjoy life even though the person only has a few years left? I do not think that anyone should end their life just because it is an easy and effective way of putting an end to their suffering. Also when ill people are dying, people might be able to focus on some of the important things in life. Shortening the process of dying would deny them this opportunity.
MichaelAndersen

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
gg4xwac

Pro

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MichaelAndersen

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by THEROFLBOAT 2 years ago
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Pro making religious arguments when this not everyone is religious or even universally take it into consideration :/

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