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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 27 2013: Everyone has the right to end their life at anytime they so desire. Nothing is stopping them. If you wait too long, as some have stated, this ability may be taken away from you.

    Passing a law that allows people to die with dignity, is a two or mufti-edged sword. It can be abused. I've seen instances where relatives have come into a nursing home and held the hand of their mom or dad and signed a paper giving them complete control of their assets or outright ownership. The same thing could happen if it were legal to end ones own life via a written document or with family members permission.

    I once, jokingly, asked what people thought about us (older folk), solving our kids economic woe's by having a giant going away party then everyone go away, according to their own design. I was astonished at the number of positive comments to this notion.

    As I stated, we already have that right. Wither we choose to put it into force is an individual choice. No matter how we write such a law, there will be those who abuse it. It's not such an easy thing because other laws may become impacted by a Euthanasia law.

    How could it be legally perceived if a police officer shot someone trapped in a burning car who was "beyond rescue"? More generally, people might support his actions but the legal system would be forced to prosecute. How much money would be spent arguing what is considered "beyond rescue"?

    When I worked as a Suicide Prevention Counselor, we were committed to the notion, there is no reason strong enough to take one's own life. One of the role playing learning tools we used involved a man who called in and had saved his pain meds up to end his life of misery. He wanted to gives us one last try even though he was totally committed. Our supervisor was the one who actually answered the call. If someone ever said they thought it was an adequate reason to end a persons life, They did not pass the test and did not work with our group.

    I'm for it being legal.
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      May 29 2013: You said that people might abuse it. I think you are right. To be perfectly honest, I am actually somewhere in between when it comes to this subject. On the one hand, it is in people's nature to abuse of their rights and this could be a consequence of legalizing euthanasia. Although,in worst cases, euthanasia may seem a gift.
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        May 29 2013: Yes, I understand. I've suffered with chronic pain since I was 19 years old. I'm 62 now. No matter what happens or how worse my condition gets, I always find a reason to continue on. I'm such a curious person that I want to stay around and find out what happens next. :)

        The key is to keep your life as simple as possible, feed the mind, and have a good hobby. All we need to survive is Air, Food, Comfort (includes clothing and shelter), and water. Everything else is icing on the cake. Some could argue that socialization is also as important as the four things I listed above and I could agree with this.

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