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The House Believes That We Should Legalize Euthanasia

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Started: 12/3/2015 Category: News
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Vane01

Pro

Hello debaters. I am Vane01 and I am glad to debate this. Round 1 is acceptance. 2-4 are free format.


plagarists

Con

Your motion challenge is accepted. Euthanasia should NOT be legalized. Looking forward to your arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
Vane01

Pro

Thank you plagarist for accepting this debate. I will take pro and you will take con. I look forward to a great match.
So without any delay, I will begin my speech.

Lets define euthanasia as the painless killing of a person.

Euthanasia will only be allowed for those who suffer a lethal disease, they must be a mentally competent adult and the client must be in extreme pain.

Let me start with 5 of my points:

Contention #1- Euthanasia Is Legal In Different States and Nations
http://www.newhealthguide.org...;
"1. Belgium
Belgium is one of the countries that have legalized euthanasia and this law has been in place since September 2002. The law states that two doctors need to be involved in the process and a psychologist as well if the competency of the patient is in doubt. Both the patient and doctor decide on the best course of action to take in ending the patient’s life and this could be through a prescribed overdose or lethal injection.


2. Colombia
On May 20th 2010, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that no one would be held criminally accountable for terminating the life of a patient who is terminally ill and had authorized euthanasia. The court went to further define the term terminally ill as a person with condition such as AIDS, kidney failure, liver failure, cancer and other terminal conditions that come with extreme suffering. That said; euthanasia laws in Columbia do not authorize intentionally ending the lives of patient suffering from degenerative diseases such as Lou Gehrig disease, Alzheimer and Parkinson disease.


3. India
India is yet another country where euthanasia is legal. However, the law only recognizes passive euthanasia as legal. This law was passed by the Supreme Court of India in 2011 as a means to legally withdraw life support in patients who are in a permanent vegetative state. Active euthanasia is however still illegal and this includes using lethal compounds to end a persons life.
4. Ireland
5. Luxembourg
6. Mexico
7. Netherlands
In Netherlands, euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide are both legal. Although the law was passed in 2002, the courts have permitted the practice since the 1980s and doctors are generally not obligated to keep patients alive contrary to their wishes. For over 20 years, the Netherlands courts have not been prosecuting physicians who facilitate euthanasia.
8. France
9. Germany
Euthanasia is also legal in some states in the U.S and these include Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont."

Believe it or not, these nations are getting along very well. With suicide and euthanasia being legal, the black market has been eradicated or decreased by a slight amount. Euthanasia is already becoming an alternative in some US states. People have the option to end their life if they are and extreme pain or suffering. Even though some nations legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide for anyone who wants it, the USFG will only legalize it for the suffering and the terminally ill.

Contention #2- The moral factor.
""At the Hemlock Society we get calls daily from desperate people who are looking for someone like Jack Kevorkian to end their lives which have lost all quality... Americans should enjoy a right guaranteed in the European Declaration of Human Rights -- the right not to be forced to suffer. It should be considered as much of a crime to make someone live who with justification does not wish to continue as it is to take life without consent." "
Those who want euthanasia are the terminally ill. They are suffering from excruciating pain and need euthanasia to die peacefully. Is it moral to allow and even encourage human suffering? No, it is not. However, it is moral to end suffering with death. In addition, if a person wishes to end their life due to suffering, they have the right to do so.

Contention #3- The right to die.
http://euthanasia.procon.org...
""The right of a competent, terminally ill person to avoid excruciating pain and embrace a timely and dignified death bears the sanction of history and is implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. The exercise of this right is as central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this Court's decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment. In particular, this Court's recent decisions concerning the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to abortion instruct that a mentally competent, terminally ill person has a protected liberty interest in choosing to end intolerable suffering by bringing about his or her own death.
A state's categorical ban on physician assistance to suicide -- as applied to competent, terminally ill patients who wish to avoid unendurable pain and hasten inevitable death -- substantially interferes with this protected liberty interest and cannot be sustained." "

As stated here, everyone has the power over their own life an organism. People are allowed to drink alcachol, smoke, own property. These are some decisions which can change their life. So why not the ability to choose whether they should continue living or not? Once again, you are the only one who should have power over your body and illegal euthanasia is abridging you as a person of this very basic right.
Contention#4-It allows people to die with dignity.
"Consider Tony Nicklinson, whose bid for euthanasia was rejected multiple times. Tony Nicklinson was diagnosed with a disease that prevented him from moving any and all muscles in his body. After his bid was denied, he decided to starve himself to death, which took a week without food. Another example is Kelly Taylor who starved herself for 19 days trying to die. Without the option of euthanasia, their quality of life will continue to deteriorate the same way Tony and Kelly had endured."


These are just two examples.. If people are refused euthanasia because it is illegal, they will recourse to other, much more painful and undignifying methods. If a person wants to die, they will. However, it is up to the government whether they get a calm, painless death, or one filled with agony and suffering.
Contention #5- The Hippocratic oath supports euthanasia.


"Most people misinterpret the Hippocratic oath as being against euthanasia. The key element of the oath is that the physician must protect the wellbeing of their patient, hence the maxim “do no harm” commonly interpreted to be a summation of the oath. Most interpretations of the “harm” element are however taken to literally refer to the patient’s life. It can be argued that harm in this case refers to the wellbeing of the patient, which includes his life. However in cases where it is a choice between intense suffering or death, it can be argued that the physician is doing more harm to the patient by not allowing them to die. While this argument can go either way, updated interpretations of the Hippocratic oath do include a segment that concerns taking life as well as preserving it"









At the end, there is really a question between suffering or painless death. And at the end, most people would prefer death. Suffering is harm and not legalizing euthanasia is going against the hipocratic oath. Death on the other hand, is a savior of suffering.









Thank you judges. Vote pro.
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