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Do you agree with euthanasia? (for humans)

I recently had an argument with 2 of my teachers on this subject. Whenever asked whether they agree with euthanasia or not they were either avoiding to answer or they were completely against it without bringing any arguments to support their opinion.
As far as I've noticed this is a very controversial and sensitive subject but I couldn't find anyone to debate it with.
Both my history and my religion teacher found their safety saying that Jesus says humans have no right to take away anyone's life but they didn't share their personal opinion.
Basically my belief is that endeed we do not have that right but in some cases,when for instance a certain person is too sick and hasn't got any chance of getting better and that person doesn't have the streght or the will to fight anymore and their desire is to die,shouldn't they be given this right?

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    May 29 2013: Miclaus, I agree with you. I think if a person who is too sick, or have lost the will should have the right to elect for euthanasia. I have a number of significant injuries, and have told my family that I am not to be a burden and if they need to, pull the plug. Do not let me suffer, and do not let me be kept alive by machines. I do not subscribe to any religious or other theory. Religion was created by man to control man; just like our modern day laws do now.

    My response to right to lifers is this. Why do we force the sick, the weak, the feeble to suffer to appease some "merciful" god; but if I do that to my dog - I get charged with cruelty?
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      May 29 2013: I agree with what you said a bout religion. I don't mean to offend anyone but my opinion is that religion is just another way to manipulate people.And you are definitely right about euthanasia too. The way I see it,sometimes that is the most merciful action one can take for somebody else.
      • May 29 2013: Wow! What you said is offensive! There is no I don't mean to offend about it. It makes you sound ignorate about the subject.
        • May 29 2013: Religion is so controversial and strict that there will always be people who don't like it. I myself feel like religion is far too controlling, and for that reason I don't like it. But it's not offensive to have an opinion. You may feel the opposite. But to say that is offensive is a little insulting, far more than what he said. He's allowed to have an opinion. And in my opinion, religion IS just a way to manipulate people. If there is a god, prove it to me, and I will forever believe in my religion, but until then I refuse to believe any of its rules. Back to the original argument, if someone is in physical pain that has no known cure, and they want to die, they should have the right, even if they are unable to do it themselves. It isn't fair to make them suffer. From both a moral point of view and a scientific point of view, euthanasia is a positive thing, but from a religious point of view (that would conditionally have no effect on my decision), it is a sin. Either way, two beats one. Euthanasia is the only fair thing to do.
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          May 29 2013: Bit harsh James, I do not accept that the if someone says, "I don't mean to offend", they are being offensive and/or ignorant. In today's society sadly, we must add caveats. Me, I did not find it offensive. I find is more sad that people feel the need to add that caveat.
      • May 29 2013: Yes religion is strict. Thats because man made it. Christians don't follow religion and often dislike it. Christ is about freedom. When you understand that you are free indeed. It is not about religion its about a relationship. There is even a book out on it, which most don't take the time to really read and understand but it is the most popular book in the world. BIBLE
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          May 29 2013: James, can I be free without Christ? Can I go to heaven, if I do not accept Christ as my saviour and accept he died for all my sins? If you answer no - then you prove my point about being tied to a particular group think. If yo answer - yes. Do not tell your church leader.

          The world's most popular book was written by man some hundred's of years after the death of Christ (yes I believe in Christ and he existed and did amazing things, I just do not accept he was the son of god). It contains many contradictory statements and appears to endorse slavery. Leviticus commands certain people be killed for certain acts. Hardly a book about freedom!
      • May 30 2013: Brian sounds like you haven't read the whole book or you are a "black sheep" (biblical reference).
      • May 30 2013: The statement made was harsh and it sounds like she knew it.
    • May 30 2013: But you miss a point Brian, that being you could be in a coma, and the doctors know that you may come out of it, but because of financial implications they pressure the person to pull the plug.
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        May 30 2013: Tify, your scenario is at best hypothetical. As I understand it there is no mention of monetary gain in my arguments. It is about human dignity and the right to choose the moment of my departure.

        To end the life of someone who can "come out of it" for pure monetary purposes is murder - plain and simple.
        • May 30 2013: Brian with all due respect the scenario is far from hypothetical.

          Doctors who are in the US make that decision every day, maybe you dont know of about it, most dont, but I can tell you that every hospital in the US has a 'revenue' department. Nor is it hypothetical for people in the US who don't have sufficient health care benefits.

          And if you don't have it, pressure is put on family members to end life, now of course it's put out there in the nicest possible way, but dont delude your self that every day this happens.

          Simply put - Every minute on life support - Costs money.

          Just as people think the system is free, as their counter parts, in the UK/Europe where an analysis of a persons status, ie breadwinner, number of dependents are all taken into account before serious procedures are allocated, as well as the total government allocation for that procedure, from national to local. Look up National Health Trusts in the UK, see exactly what they do and how they operate.

          Then you'll unfortunately come to the realization that the scenario is far from hypothetical.
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        Jun 3 2013: Thanks Kate, but I have a long time to go before I will need to think about it.

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