Arguments FOR euthanasia

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Arguments FOR euthanasia
Arguments based on rights
People have an explicit right to die
A separate right to die is not necessary, because our other human rights imply
the right to die
Death is a private matter and if there is no harm to others, the state and other
people have no right to interfere (a libertarian argument)
Practical arguments
It is possible to regulate euthanasia
Death is a private matter and if there is no harm to others, the state and other
people have no right to interfere (a libertarian argument)
Allowing people to die may free up scarce health resources.
Euthanasia happens anyway (a utilitarian or consequentiality argument)
Philosophical arguments
Euthanasia satisfies the criterion that moral rules must be universalisable
Euthanasia happens anyway (a utilitarian or consequentiality argument)
Is death a bad thing?
People have the right to die
"In cases where there are no dependants who might exert pressure one way or the other,
the right of the individual to choose should be paramount. So long as the patient is lucid,
and his or her intent is clear beyond doubt, there need be no further questions." The
Independent, March 2002
Medical resources
In most countries there is a shortage of health resources.
As a result, some people who are ill and could be cured are not able to get speedy
access to the facilities they need for treatment.
At the same time health resources are being used on people who cannot be cured, and
who, for their own reasons, would prefer not to continue living.
Allowing such people to commit euthanasia would not only let them have what they
want, it would free valuable resources to treat people who want to live.

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