I would like to say thank you to the judges, readers, web surfers, and anyone else who may glance at this debate. And thank you to ATS for providing
A big hearty thank you to Druid42, who has patiently waited for me to start this for weeks, between every hot virus running through my household, to
deletions, to just a treacherous week. While Nixie debating while hopped up on Theraflu, would be entertaining; Druid graciously accepted to be my
first, and I want it to be special.
This is a personal topic to me, which I will explain after the judging in the “calling all fighters” thread.
So here goes.
I am debating the pro standpoint of “Euthanasia is an act of compassion”. When someone is suffering from insurmountable pain or a loss of dignity
due to a terminal illness, I believe they have the right to terminate their own lives. The reasons for this are many. But mainly, you have a right to
die with dignity. It is the ultimate act of compassion and love, to let one go due to their suffering. Since it is highly illegal, it is my hope to
persuade others to understand it, and understand or even assist the cause for those of us who support it. For it ever to be legally sanctioned, people
need to be convinced that a personal has the personal right and freedom to a good death. That religious or political beliefs belonging to others,
should not play a part in this very, very personal decision and have control over their death. That while hospitals and religious leaders may feel
that a life should be sustained at all cost, the implications for delaying death with invasive techniques not only drains the bank, but can leave the
patient in even more pain and discomfort, depression, and an emotional hardship for all.
medical news today
Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide (dying) , doctor-assisted dying (suicide) , and more loosely termed
mercy killing, basically means to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent,
unstoppable) suffering. Some interpret euthanasia as the practice of ending a life in a painless manner. Many disagree with this interpretation,
because it needs to include a reference to intractable suffering.
The word “euthanasia” itself comes from the Greek words “eu” (good) and “thanatos” (death). The idea is that instead of
condemning someone to a slow, painful, or undignified death, euthanasia would allow the patient to experience a relatively “good
Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others. It is regarded as a fundamental part of human love, and a cornerstone
of greater social interconnection and humanism —foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.
Euthanasia is not simple for humans as it is for animals. There are many kinds of euthanasia for humans.
Active euthanasia: killing a patient by active means, for example, injecting a patient with a lethal dose of a drug. Sometimes called
Passive euthanasia: intentionally letting a patient die by withholding artificial life support such as a ventilator or feeding tube. Some ethicists
distinguish between withholding life support and withdrawing life support (the patient is on life support but then removed from it).
Voluntary euthanasia: with the consent of the patient.
Involuntary euthanasia: without the consent of the patient, for example, if the patient is unconscious and his or her wishes are unknown.. Some
ethicists distinguish between “involuntary” (against the patient’s wishes) and “nonvoluntary” (without the patient’s consent but wishes
are unknown) forms.
Self-administered euthanasia: the patient administers the means of death.
Other-administered euthanasia: a person other than the patient administers the means of death.
Assisted: the patient administers the means of death but with the assistance of another person, such as a physician.
Euthanasia is a hotly debated topic all around the world. It is controversial, and divisive, though it has been gaining popularity in recent years. It
is still debated among medical professionals, lawyers, bioethics experts, to the child who has to watch their parents die.
Euthanasia is generally illegal across the board. It is many shades of grey.
As of 2002, euthanasia is only legal in the three Benelux countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in
Switzerland and in the US states of Washington, Oregon and Montana.
Otherwise where it is illegal, it is classified as homicide, or suicide. The opponents fear abuse and grey areas. Or believe all life is sacred. Even
then, these are gray areas. Because morally and even sometimes legally speaking, people are allowed to die in the world everyday without interference,
in a much less dignified manner.
But mercy killing brings everyone’s moral judgment to the forefront. For it is making a conscious decision to let a family member, child, or loved
one end their lives, rather than an unknown child starving in India.
I will address various views from the medical community, from a financial perspective, the politics and morals involved, etc.
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