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Debate Score:47
Arguments:40
Total Votes:49
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Should "Right to Die/Death with Dignity" be adopted or abolished by the U.S.?

Today only 5 states offer the "Right to Die" or "Death with Dignity".  Should the U.S. adopt of Abolish this practice?

CNN provides an example of someone wanting the right to die: Brittany Maynard

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/07/opinion/maynard-assisted-suicide-cancer-dignity/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Here is a decenting view point from PriestsforLife.org: http://www.priestsforlife.org/euthanasia/freedomtodie.html

What is your opinion?

 

Adopt

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Abolish

Side Score: 13
3 points

I do believe that each person should be in control of their lives and thus I believe that each person should be able to choose death if the option is deemed as fit to them.

Side: Adopt

It seems rather strange to me that a woman can legally kill a fetus because "A woman should have control over her body!!!" but she cannot legally kill herself. ;)

Side: Adopt
joecavalry(37547) Clarified
2 points

I am all for anything that alleviates rush hour traffic ;)

Side: Adopt

I agree. .

Side: Adopt
GenericName(3429) Clarified
1 point

To be fair, one can legally kill themselves via suicide. Death with Dignity is more of a doctor assisted suicide situation, hence the more iffy legal aspects to it.

Side: Adopt
Jace(4706) Clarified
1 point

While independent suicide is no longer illegal anywhere in the U.S., under common law a family may be incapable of recovering certain financial entitlements. Also, in some parts of the country you can still be criminally prosecuted if your attempted suicide fails. Which is pretty messed up.

Side: Adopt
3 points

We have the right to live. We should have the right to die as well.

If you're of sound mind, as tough as it would be for those who must live on without you, why not? It's their choice.

ESPECIALLY in the cases of terminal illness.

Also, I must blast this fuckface that I found today, commenting on her and her choice...

http://i.imgur.com/4N5BjM8.jpg

Side: Adopt

Yes. If I was suffering without hope of a cure, I should have the right to end my suffering.

Side: Adopt
Atrag(5445) Disputed
2 points

Erm.. well... you... erm.. nevermind...

awkward

Side: Abolish
2 points

I always felt like the right to die is something we should be granted. If I heard a convincing reason as to why it shouldn't then I'd be all ears, but until then I'm very supportive.

Arguments I've heard so far were how it could be misused to have innocent people killed, how a person could escape their debt or leave a child orphaned suddenly, or maybe the best one was how people with psychological issues who weren't fit to be making that decision could end up making that decision. The problem with most of the nay sayers' arguments would only be validated if euthanization centers were like convenience stores, where you could just go in get what you wanted and... never leave again. When the centers could be created with all sorts of regulations in mind that would prevent people from making this decision on a whim. Regulations like several processes of agreeing to the procedure in document and video form, coupled with a waiting period after agreeing to ensure this decision is final, and another few forms of agreement to sign. A medical professional performing the action, and a legal professional on standby making sure it's all done by the books, only after a judge has signed off on the whole ordeal. The judge of course would only be signing off on this if the guy's legal finance history, and relationship status was all checked and in order.

Side: Adopt
2 points

We have it here in Oregon for the terminally ill and mentally competent, and I agree with the law.

Side: Adopt
ghostheadX(1104) Disputed
1 point

and I agree with the law.

So you always agree with the law, so according to you:

-the NSA should use a spy system that doesn't work for what its meant for (i.e. the Boston Bombings and all of those school shootings that didn't get stopped)

-the population should be "neutralized" (killed, ah hem ah hem)

-corporations should be allowed to make the fucking law

-racist police officers should hit black people for being black and shoot them for doing nothing (i.e. Fruit Vale Station)

-corrupt police officers should shoot dogs

-liberalism and peaceful protests should only exist against corporations, who pay the government to make the law for them (mentioned above)

-Obama should be allowed to execute people without due process and cover it up

Side: Abolish
Akulakhan(2973) Disputed
2 points

So you always agree with the law.

No, I agree with the law in question. I don't know how you didn't gather that. The rest of your argument is erroneous.

Side: Adopt
Cuaroc(8826) Disputed
1 point

-the NSA should use a spy system that doesn't work for what its meant for (i.e. the Boston Bombings and all of those school shootings that didn't get stopped)

Ah but how many of those incidents were stopped because of the spy system?

-the population should be "neutralized" (killed, ah hem ah hem)

Yeah it should actually the world is very overpopulated.

Side: Adopt
DrawFour(2662) Clarified
1 point

What a straw-man. Wow!

Side: Adopt

When your going to die anyway, yeah.

Side: Adopt

EVERYBODY is going to die anyway.

Side: Adopt
1 point

Within 6 months of a horrific illness you can't control.

Side: Adopt
1 point

We have that already Andy, Its called the NRA : )

Side: Adopt

Yes.

If someone wants to die, that's THEIR choice if they actually have a good fucking reason.

And I think people who commit euthanasia tend to have a pretty good reason, which should be required. But I still think it should be allowed.

Side: Adopt
Atrag(5445) Disputed
1 point

Everyone who wants to die has a reason that seems good to them.

Side: Abolish
1 point

Death with Dignity laws are almost always referring to patients with a terminal illness that would rather die in peace rather than slowly waste away.

Side: Adopt
ghostheadX(1104) Disputed
1 point

Yes, and if it's a legally approved good reason, then it's a good reason to have it be allowed. If a paralyzed person wants to die, they should be allowed to fucking die. If someone who's going to do in six months of cancer wants to die, then let them fucking die. I didn't mean a reason that's only good to them. I meant a legally approved reason. There's a lot of illegal stuff that you can get a license to do, and with good reason, it is then legal.

Or do you not believe that anything under the category of that last sentence exists and that no one is ever licensed by the government to do anything?

Side: Adopt

I would also like to add in something Atrag. It's one line and I'll make it quick, after I describe the line. I mean, because your statement is a correct one, but it's not exactly that best argument. There is a magical sentence that describes yet another problem with that as a statement, and it's a very rational, very descriptive, very intellectual sentence:

"No shit surelock."

Side: Abolish
1 point

Suicide is already part of our society. Last week all the trains on the bay area peninsula were delayed 2+ hours when someone jumped onto the track. Why can't we face suicide in a dignified manner rather than trying to shove it under the rug. If life and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights in the US, why shouldn't death be as well?

Side: Adopt
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