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joojoo1161
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should the terminally ill have the right to die in the uk !

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Started: 3/17/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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joojoo1161

Pro

I want to know why in the UK we do not allow terminally ill patients to make the decision to take their own life with assisted suicide .
It's wrong that people are suffering unnecessarily when they could end their lives peacefully . We don't let animals suffer so why do we allow humans to suffer ?
mahendra

Con

First of all killing a person is not justifiable in any circumstance. Given the state of mind the person may be it is almost impossible it ensure a decision which is not influenced. Any decision to kill oneself which is influenced by others amounts to murder anyways. So justifying Euthanasia is nothing but justifying murder.
Where a person is not even in a position to communicate how can some other person take decision to kill him? This is unacceptable. Every person has a right to live..... no person can deprive him of that right with or without consent as right to live does not include right to die.
There is fair amount of chance that a person who is suffering from illness wants to survive but family members who are responsible might pursue him to take a decision to kill himself as they may not be in a position to bare medical expenses.
Care and rehabilitation centers are better alternatives as pace at which medicine is growing there might be cure for every decease.
Debate Round No. 1
joojoo1161

Pro

First of all in many cases the person is completely of sound mind and fully aware of what they are asking ! Many terminally ill patients do not want to die a horrible death in agony . And it surely is their choice as grown adults to decide . Why should someone who has nothing to do with you tell you , you have to carry on in agony ! In other cases yes it will be more difficult to determine an outcome but that would be down to medical professionals and the family , many people talk to family about things like this I know I have and in certain situations if I became very ill and not able to communicate they know what I would want . People have the right as humans to decide if they live or not I don't see why it's made so hard for people who know they are dying anyway and just want to go peacefully when they are ready not when their bodies give up .
mahendra

Con

Suicide is a sin according to any religion. It is not acceptable under any circumstance in any religion. Apart from this...........
The most basic issue here is whether a person who is suffering from a incurable disease which causes agony and suffering physically can be sane enough to give a valid consent?
Consent is "permission for something to happen or agreement to do something" however this a general understanding but under law valid consent require more than this like sane mind, majority, circumstances under which consent is given etc. So person suffering from illness might not be able to satisfy the standards of consent required by law.
2nd important issue here is 'whether a person has right to kill himself '?
It is universally accepted that every person has a right to live irrespective of race, sex, religion, caste, class etc (at least theoretically) does this right to live include right to die ie, right to kill oneself...... such right is not recognised under any religious, moral or legal principles.
Debate Round No. 2
joojoo1161

Pro

This has nothing to do with religion ! Many people do not believe in it . I can't see why you think people are not going to be sane because they are terminally ill that's ridiculous . If there was cause for concern over someone's mental state then it would make it more difficult but there would be guidelines . You can't say terminally ill people are not sane and couldn't possibly understand what they were doing as many in physical pain are absolutely normal mentally ! Everyone has the right to a pain free death if they chose . It's causing unbearable suffering to many and its barbaric . Law needs to change for people in these circumstances ! That's it ...
mahendra

Con

Basically we must stop looking death as solution to all problems. I believe no person will consent death under normal circumstances he will do it only if there is "coercion" whether due to natural or material causes. Consent given under coercion is not consent whatsoever.
There are various practical problems as well like
"Proper palliative care makes euthanasia unnecessary
There's no way of properly regulating euthanasia
Allowing euthanasia will lead to less good care for the terminally ill
Allowing euthanasia undermines the committment of doctors and nurses to saving lives
Euthanasia may become a cost-effective way to treat the terminally ill
Allowing euthanasia will discourage the search for new cures and treatments for the terminally ill
Euthanasia undermines the motivation to provide good care for the dying, and good pain relief
Euthanasia gives too much power to doctors
Euthanasia exposes vulnerable people to pressure to end their lives
Moral pressure on elderly relatives by selfish families
Moral pressure to free up medical resources
Patients who are abandoned by their families may feel euthanasia is the only solution" (for more http://www.bbc.co.uk...).
Ultimately it might be beneficial to a few but is harmful to many in many ways. Since democracy is doing things beneficial to majority.........things must stay as they are till a proper system is established to overcome all these problems.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by joojoo1161 2 years ago
joojoo1161
I understand what you are saying but it's not up to them to hold onto someone's life ! That should be up to the individual who is suffering .
Posted by Iredia 2 years ago
Iredia
I get your point. But it seems the most govts. as a reflection of their society tend to hold life too dear for assisted suicide to be allowed. I think euthanasia should only allowed for terminal illnesses where palliative medicine is of little use eg brain death, terminal cancer etc
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