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Final, DDO Beginners Tournament: Euthanasia is not a morally permissible practice.

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Started: 1/19/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Standard tournament rules, we have agreed to the definitions on the BBC Ethics website which are as follows:

Active euthanasia
In active euthanasia a person directly and deliberately causes the patient's death.

Assisted suicide
This is when the person who wants to die needs help to kill themselves, asks for it and receives it.

A competent patient is one who understands his or her medical condition, what the likely future course of the disease is, and the risks and benefits associated with the treatment of the condition; and who can communicate their wishes.

The value that a human being has simply by existing, not because of any property or action of an individual.

Abbreviation for Do Not Resuscitate. Instruction telling medical staff not to attempt to resuscitate the patient if the patient has a heart attack.

Doctrine of Double Effect
Ethical theory that allows the use of drugs that will shorten life, if the primary aim is only to reduce pain.

Futile treatment
Treatment that the health care team think will be completely ineffective.

Indirect euthanasia
This means providing treatment (usually to reduce pain) that has the foreseeable side effect of causing the patient to die sooner.

Involuntary euthanasia
This occurs when the person who dies wants to live but is killed anyway. It is usually the same thing as murder.

Living will
A document prepared by an individual in which they state what they want in regard to medical treatment and euthanasia.

Non-voluntary euthanasia
This is where the person is unable to ask for euthanasia (perhaps they are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate), or to make a meaningful choice between living and dying and an appropriate person takes the decision on their behalf, perhaps in accordance with their living will, or previously expressed wishes.

Palliative care
Medical, emotional, psychosocial, or spiritual care given to a person who is terminally ill and which is aimed at reducing suffering rather than curing.

Passive euthanasia
In passive euthanasia death is brought about by an omission - i.e. by withdrawing or withholding treatment in order to let the person die.

Abbreviation for Physician Assisted Suicide.

Voluntary euthanasia
This is where euthanasia is carried out at the request of the person who dies.

As pro I will defend that euthanasia is not morally permissible and will be excluding indirect euthanasia and palliative care from the definition.

Pro will not be arguing for the permissibility of involuntary euthanasia.

1st round for acceptance. I wish my opponent good luck and thank him for the patience in setting this up (it took us a while).


Debate Round No. 1


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Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited his round. Per tournament rules, I am the official winner.
Debate Round No. 2


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Unfortunately, my opponent has not presented any arguments in this round either. Quite shameful, really.
Debate Round No. 3


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Pro has argued nothing, and has forfeited any attempts to do so. A vote for Con is a vote for the greater good.
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