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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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  • Jun 1 2013: Do I not have a right to self determination? Can I not pursue my dreams, a career, my pleasures? Can I not choose how I develop spiritually or intellectually? Am I able to tattoo my body or pierce it or modify it as I want? Why, then, can I not choose to free my spirit from my body? I would say that this life i have is mine. I may think about my mind and body in different ways than others. I am free to think am I not? Therefore, at such time when I feel that my quality of life is not what I desire, why can't I choose to free my spirit from my body? Why would that offend anybody? I want to have the choice do live with dignity or to die. I think everyone should be permitted to have that choice whether they agree with it or not. Many people are trapped in bodies that have become their prisons and yet society tells them that they must continue to suffer. Why? Because of someone's own religious views? That's not fair. My religious views are just as valid as anyone else's and if I choose to embark on the next adventure a little sooner, why not. It should be my choice. And if I leave a letter instructing someone to help me in that choice, should I not be able to do it myself, then that person or persons should be absolved of any crime. They are not maliciously killing me, they are acceding to my wishes.

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