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Should euthanasia be legalized?

Euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life in a manner which relieves pain and suffering. According to the House of Lords Select Committee onMedical Ethics, the precise definition of euthanasia is "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering.Undecided

yes

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no

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2 points

Of course.

1. No one can stop someone from killing themself if they really want to so it's a silly law. Are you going to arrest their corpse?

2. A sane adult is perfectly capable of deciding for themself what is best for themself. Amazing how it is the right and "individual freedom" crowd who are consistantly the first to take away this freedom.

3. Euthanasia is infinitely more humane than forcing one in constant pain to jump off a building or shoot themself instead.

4. It's none of your fucking business. If you don't want to end your own life when you have only 6 months to live and are in constant pain, then you don't have to. Mind your business.

Side: yes
2 points

actually euthanasia is more specified for those who cannot kill themselves without someone's help. like for eg. a paralysed person won't be able to kill himself without someone's help. euthanasia mainly concentrates on these people. also some people may not have limbs or any other disease where they cannot even get up and take enough sleeping pills for suicide.

your arguments stress on facts of sane and healthy people only. anyway good job.

:):):):)

Side: yes
1 point

it is funny you should mention this.

Attempting suicide is perfectly legal. Committing suicide did not use to be.

"suicide...was a felony that was punished by Forfeiture of all the goods and chattels of the offender"

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Committing+suicide

so, rather than arrest their corpse, they looted the body

Side: yes

I am of the opinion that for an authority to place any limits upon what one does with one's body amounts to slavery; the presumption of authority over another person's material being.

Side: yes
2 points

Euthanasia is nothing more than assisted suicide.

suicide is legal

therefore euthanasia should be legal.

I in no means intend to advocate suicide, but the fact of the matter is that it is an option for people who want a way out.

For those who want a way out without having to jump off of a bridge (or perhaps are in such a critical medical state that they would not even be able to do so), I see no reason to stop a doctor from providing them with a peaceful alternative

Side: yes
1 point

yep! i think euthanasia should be legalised. the govt. has no right to let a person suffer when he is living a life of hell. the govt. gives the right to live, so there should be a right to die too. although the govt. should make decisions according to the problem the person wants to get rid of. if its a dumb problem that every man faces many times in life then they shouldn't be given this right. but if it is a serious issue then the govt. must give them the right to die. they can't let a person suffer like mad.

Side: yes
casper3912(1581) Disputed
1 point

'intractable suffering" changes with time, as does one's ability to cope with new situations. any type of formula to determine if someone should be allowed euthanasia would need to take such changes into consideration or else result in deaths that should of been avoided. such a formula will likely be fairly inaccurate.

it could be argued that anyone going though intense suffering is not in a state of mind to make such major decisions and thus a doctor has the duty to ignore any requests for death.

Side: No
mitgag(1652) Disputed
1 point

'intractable suffering" changes with time, as does one's ability to cope with new situations.

yes intractable suffering changes with time, but I have stated above that, euthanasia should be issued only under specific conditions. and yes some people do have the ability to cope with new situations. but not all can do that.

if someone should be allowed euthanasia would need to take such changes into consideration or else result in deaths that should of been avoided.

of course it will result in death sooner or later. but if people who suffer from accidents or other problems, and are not allowed to die, they will very commonly go into depression and give up trying to live happily. it would mean the same as death.

it could be argued that anyone going though intense suffering is not in a state of mind to make such major decisions and thus a doctor has the duty to ignore any requests for death.

yes I have stated this in my older argument that those who do not have any proper cause of wanting to die, should not be given the permission to death.

Side: yes
1 point

Euthanasia is a choice, therefore, it should be legalised as anyone that opts for it does it by choice, it's like telling someone no matter how poor their quality of life is they have to carry on living, and by making them live, you are making them suffer, and hate what little life they have.

Side: yes
1 point

It depends on the circumstances, if somebody is going to die in pain and there is no chance of them getting better then it's best that they settle their affairs and choose to die on their own terms rather than wait and suffer.

Side: yes

If a person is suffering and no cure is in sight, a patient should have the right to die with dignity.

Side: yes
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