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Euthanasia

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Started: 2/7/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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dinakath

Pro

Euthanasia should be legal. Any person who does not feel like their life is worth it should be able to end it. Since everyone isn"t strong enough to do it themselves, they should be able to get it done for them. Why should the government have the right to choose it for us? We have rights. Some people say this isn"t a black and white case but I believe it is. Why should the person not have the opportunity to choose? What it you opinion?
3DaysGrace

Con

Euthanasia should not be allowed because the right life doesn't include the right to death, it confuses the role of doctors being healers if they're also killers, and the supreme court already ruled against euthanasia in the past.
Debate Round No. 1
dinakath

Pro

Would you please specify what you mean with "the right life"? Your argument "supreme court already ruled against euthanasia in the past" is slightly invalid considering how much our society is changing and evolving. More countries across the world have started to take up the case. Another thing is sometimes doctors fail - lets say an operation gone wrong - and the patient dies. Then the doctor is a killer. My point is there is a very thin line that separates doctors and killers if we"re following you argument. To throw some personal light on this: Imagine if you were suffering from stage four cancer and you had no way of surviving. You are in pain and have to stay in hospital day in and day out, connected to 5 different tubes and everyday you family comes by and you see how it affects them to see you like that. In pain and they can"t do anything about it. Imagine that you don"t have any energy, you can"t move and it hurts your family to see you like that.
Would you feel like living on?
3DaysGrace

Con

Yes, of course I meant to say that "the right to life" in the Declaration of Independence doesn't mean having the right to death. The Supreme Court ruling of Vacco v. Quill (1996) is still relevant due to the fact of how hard it got shot down. It's not like it was a 5-4 vote, all 9 justices voted against it. That means 100% of the supreme court justices said it's unconstitutional, even with society slightly changing it's not going to change enough to make a difference here. Also, if you want to talk about other countries that have legalized euthanasia already there would be 75,000 US Euthanasia deaths a year at the Dutch rate according to Wesley J. Smith at nationalreview.com.

Just imagine too if euthanasia was the norm for once people got old and sick. That would completely change the ideas of society because we would constantly be discarding people that aren't perfect. Furthermore, sick patients could be pressured into killing themselves by family members when they don't really want to.

Allowing doctors to euthanize people not only confuses the role of them being healers with them being killers, but also is them trying to play god. It also counters the Hippocratic oath the doctors take.

There's a huge difference between a patient dying in surgery due to a mistake and the doctor intentionally ending a life so your argument about how the doctor being a killer due to a mistake being the same thing as actively killing someone is invalid.

To answer your question about moving on, no, I wouldn't want to "move on". I personally don't believe in the after life and I wouldn't my life to end. Even if someone did want their life to end murder is still murder, doesn't matter the reason.

I should touch on the religious argument to that in case you do actually believe in a god, there is no way god would want people to end the life he created for them. Many Christians believe that their body is a gift from god so destroying it is disrespectful to god.
Debate Round No. 2
dinakath

Pro

I never said that it was meant as "norm" for older people to seek to such measures. My idea is that if the individual man or woman sees no point in life, for example if he/she has a great struggle living any shade of a normal life due to extreme health problems, why shouldn"t the person be able to go somewhere and say that they no longer have anything to live for? Why let them live through pain every day without any opportunity to get out " unless they do it themselves?
Besides isn"t it the right of the individual " and not the government " to choose when and how they die? The government already accepts out right to slowly kill ourselves by smoking and drinking. This is because the state understands that we have the right to control our own lives and how we live them. My point is, why shouldn"t people be able to choose when they die too? It is just the next step of freedom. To choose when and it what manner we die. Of course not any random person would be able to walk in and ask to be killed, there should be various psychological tests to determine that they are in a fit state of metal health and the family"s opinion will also be included to an extent. We live our lives as we please so why not be allowed to choose to die when we please?
3DaysGrace

Con

3DaysGrace forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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