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Miclaus Maria-Luiza

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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 28 2013: I believe that human life is precious and that we should always seek to preserve it at all costs. Like abortion, euthanasia, or right to die, is controversial because it challenges our innate predilections against taking life. Irrespective of the chosen terminology, legality, or the wishes of the patient, legally sanctioned euthanasia is still a form of killing.

    In 2005 a very controversial legal battle was waged in the state of Florida regarding this topic. Teresa Marie Schindler, known in the media, and subsequently to the nation, as Terry Schaivo, was left in a persistent vegetative state after suffering severe brain damage following cardiac arrest. In this state, Terry Schaivo was unable to respond to any stimuli, and incapable of articulating her wishes. Terry Schaivo’s husband argued in favor of removing her feeding apparatus, her family objected. The courts ultimately ruled in her husband’s favor, and the feeding tube was removed.

    While I can’t say with any real convictions that I fully agree or disagree with the idea of human euthanasia, I think that in cases when the patient has clearly expressed his/her wishes, such actions should be warranted. Furthermore, I can’t begin to fathom someone not facing some degree of moral conflict if confronted with such a sensitive issue. If faced with the decision to terminate life support for a loved one, many of us would prefer to shun the responsibility.
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      May 29 2013: I agree with you,Carter. I am also somewhere in between when it comes to euthanasia ( even for animals). Although,in some cases,should the ill request it,I believe this drastic action is justified. What I can't imagine is how do the doctors who perform euthanasia cope with taking someone's life.

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