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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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_euthanasia

      It has been legal in Belgium for more than 10 years, and no cases of serious abuse have been reported.
      But maybe there are cultural differences.
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          May 30 2013: Be careful when using (a variant of) the precautionary principle, as that might lead to horrible consequences and more suffering (for example: not using a drug that can save 80% of a target population but causes serious harm for 0.001% while not using it will harm all of them)

          So errors will always happen and there are rare occasions when recovery happens. Though I'm not willing to pay millions to keep people alive and in pain in order to save one. I'd rather let those million people die in peace (as is their will), even if one could be saved. That one life is not worth all the suffering.

          I know, this is cold calculus, but sadly, utilitarian decisions need to be made in health-care and in respecting peoples wishes.
          If you go for moral imperatives (you shall not kill), then you value the rule higher than the will of all the individuals. I'm not willing to go so far.

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