Should euthanasia be legalised in the uk

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I am on a debate team and am looking for diffrent points of view on the subject. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.

Posted Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 19:31 by claire
Edited by claire on Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 19:32

6 Answers

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Yes, as long as there are strict safeguards in place to stop people abusing the system. If someone wants to die they should be allowed to, just look at the Tony Nicklinson case.

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 19:38 by Hen
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These are not necessarily my opinions but they are arguments people could possibly argue..

- Euthnasia should be legal in the country because it is your life so why shouldn't you be allowed to make decision about it?

- If an animal was suffereing, euthanasia would be the obvious kindness. Why can't a human be shown the same consideration ?

- It is a waste of money keeping a person who has a low surival rate alive in hospital when the money could be better spent on those with a chance of recovery.

Those against may argue..

- Majority of us believe in the sancitity of life, where God has given us life and in return we should treasure it and cherish it. Isn't euthanasia going against the sancity of life?

- Doctors are human and can make mistakes when diagnosing an illness but even if they are right cures are being discovered allt he time. Modern drugs are powerful enough to control the pain. And think about doctors, it is wrong to ask them to kill a person when there aim is to save lives. They are just contradicting themselves.

- If euthanasia was legal, the person who is suffering, might feel pressured into asking to be "put to sleep" as they feel they are a nuisance and a burden to the family.

Hope that helps .. **

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 20:58 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 20:59
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Here are some further arguments against the arguments put forward:

- Why should someone 'cherish' their 'sanctity of life' if they are in so much pain and suffering? Surely if people say that it is 'God's' will for them to stay alive, this means that 'God' is cruel.

- The aim of a doctor is to look out for the patient's best interest. If euthanasia was legal, and the patient is suffering and wants to die, the doctor assisting them in euthanasia would hardly be 'contradicting themselves', when they feel ethically justified in trying to help the patient have a dignified death. The patient could be terminally ill and know that in six months, they will die of cancer. The patient may prefer to have a quick, easy death, one that is not dragged out and does not cause pain and grief.

- The 'burden' idea could be a problem, which is why is euthanasia is legalized, it should be with strict safeguards in place so that this does not happen. Each case should be fully looked into before the decision is made.

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 21:14 by Hen
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a reason why it shouldn't be allowed is that is goes against the hippocratic oath, which doctors have to take.

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 21:16 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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the way i see it if a person wants to die they should be allowed to, it's their life. But there must be very strict guidelines so murder doesn't happen.

Answered Mon 15th October, 2012 @ 19:46 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Thanks. This will really help.

Answered Tue 16th October, 2012 @ 19:24 by claire
Edited by claire on Tue 16th October, 2012 @ 19:24