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Euthanasia

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Started: 10/16/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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LDESAULNIERSNHS

Con

Euthanasia is assisted suicide that allows sick or injured people to make hasty decisions about ending their lives. In order for human life to continue on Earth, everyone's life needs to be respected and protected according to the American Life League.

"American Life League." American Government. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
ESullivanNHS

Pro

Yes, it is their life, so they should be able to make decisions about what they want to do with it...Especially in times of peril and great discomfort. People should be provided with the freedom promised with the citizenship of this country and control over their own life.
Simon, Rita J. "Euthanasia and the Right to Die." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web 11 Oct 2013.
Debate Round No. 1
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Con

Such cases may arise if euthanasia is made legal. There have been many cases where people who were not necessarily 'eligible' to end there lives were assisted with their suicide. Such as the Jack Kevorkian case, he would perform suicides in his basement for those who were gravely ill or injured except that in many cases the people had no traces of illness in their body. Even more cases like this will arise if euthanasia is made legal.

"Jack Kevorkian." American Government. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
ESullivanNHS

Pro

Unfortunately, acts such as these were not controlled or monitored by the Government. Decisions to assist suicides should only be followed through if approved by a professional and should occur only under governmental regulations. Assisted suicide has to be a clear decision created over time.

Wekesser, Carol, ed. Euthansia Opposing ViewPoints. San Diego" Greenhaven Press Inc, 1995. Print. Opposing Viewpoints.
Debate Round No. 2
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Con

"Assisted suicide might start with the terminally ill, but eventually, there will be pressure to extend that right to the physically disable, mentally handicapped, the depressed, or the aged" (Calgary, Herald). Herald makes the point that if euthanasia is legalized, it will soon lose the parameters that are entitled with it. In order for euthanasia to take place, you must be severely ill or injured with the knowledge that your life will never be worth living again. If euthanasia is made legal, it will start with those people that are ill and injured, but it will escalate towards those that suffer mentally, to those who are aging, and to those who could declare depression with valid reasons not to live. Suicide is never the right choice, legalizing it will only make it the way out for everybody even if they have the chance to live a fulfilled life. Euthanasia will promote suicide if made legal.

"Human Life Must Be Valued." Calgary Herald. 08 Aug 2011: A.8. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 16 Oct 2013.
ESullivanNHS

Pro

I would be lying if I said that I do not believe that people do not take advantage of the government. Sadly, there are many cases and people accused of following through with euthanasia due to the reasons you previously listed. If Euthanasia is legalized, there will certaintly be higher numbers of people requesting such a procedure, but obviously there will be high restrictions and the waiting list itself can be monumental at times. Mental and physical issues are entirely different. A procedure such as this will occur only through extensive evaluation.
Debate Round No. 3
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Con

LDESAULNIERSNHS forfeited this round.
ESullivanNHS

Pro

Euthanasia should cause no harm to others, if the patient undergoes true agony. The state and other people should not have the right to interfere. People have the rights to attempt making the events in their lives as acceptable as possible, with that they should also obtain the right to die in a state where they feel relaxed and are fully aware of the day ahead. People in such severe perplexed states of physical discontentment DO NOT have to feel the fear and anxiety of death come upon them in the unimaginable ways pictured if euthanasia becomes legalized.
Debate Round No. 4
LDESAULNIERSNHS

Con

"Emotional and psychological pressures could become overpowering for depressed or dependent people. If the choice of euthanasia is considered as good as a decision to receive care, many people will feel guilty for not choosing death." A majority of the patients that go through with euthanasia do it because they do not want to be a burden on their family, not because they actually feel as if it is the only rationaly decision. The ill or injured patients will feel pressured to choose to die because of the people around them, and this will lead to quick decisions that do not rely on what the patient truly wants to do with their life but what they feel they should do. There is also the point of finances, it is much cheapper to die by euthanasia than to keep receiving care, so money gets in the way of what people want to do and they do not decide clearly.

http://www.euthanasia.com...
ESullivanNHS

Pro

If abortion is legal, which is the end of the life of a being who is not able to make the decision for themselves, than how could euthanasia be illegal? If euthanasia were to become a legal part of the system, any opinions other than the patients should be closely monitored and examined by either a psychologist or caretaker of the patient. In the end, there are more patients in TRUE pain who are requesting such a procedure, than there are patients who are 'cheating' the system.
It was a nice debate, Desaulniers.
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