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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 31 2013: No-one has the right to impose their beliefs on others. There are the religious, the agnostic, the atheists and the indifferent. Why should any of them impose their beliefs on anyone...as long as that person is not harming anyone else? Whether someone chooses life vs. death is an extremely personal matter. Until we have walked in their shoes, we cannot know what is best for them--to continue to suffer or to end the suffering--"To be or not to be, that is the question."

    Preventing someone from choosing to end his/her life is actually insensitive and cruel. There is nothing virtuous about saving a starving man's life and then not feeding him--yet that is precisely what is being done by preventing that choice...these people seem to be saying: let them suffer for 3 or 4 MORE months until they die a "natural" death. Whether someone chooses death due to illness, physical or emotional suffering, loss of a loved one, insanity, loss of the will to live, poverty, a bleak future, despair, etc., unless we intend to take responsibility to relieve them by getting them back up and out of their misery, we have no right to impose our judgments on their right to live or to die.

    Each of us must be the one to decide whether living or not living is more bearable. Dr. Kavorkian spent many years in prison for standing up for the suffering; it took a lot of courage and empathy but he followed his conscience and did the right thing. We need to defend the right of every individual to choose...whether it be Euthanasia (assisted death) or Suicide. That is true freedom--to be in charge of one's own life.
    • Jun 1 2013: While I agree with you Ginger in that... "No-one has the right to impose their beliefs on others."

      you cant help but note, history up to and including contemporary times, is littered with exactly the opposite point of view. And if takes force, fear, zealotry ( and i reverse the right to apply that to all belief systems) or any other mechanism to get you to capitulate, well you know how the story goes...
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      Jun 1 2013: In the case of some emotional states, there have been some people who were very grateful someone saved them from their folly. That scenario requires us to follow up and show this person that he/she/ is lovable and that they matter. End of life matters concerning disabilities that are painful to the degree that life is nothing but misery, then, even as they do now, medication is given to reduce pain. If keeping the patient comfortable requires that enough medication be given to find relief, and death occurs, so be it. I had a friend with :Lou Gehrig disease who chose not to eat or drink and she passed in two weeks. Do I think that was wrong ? I cannot judge and say this was wrong. This condition only worsens. BTW what do you think of Stephen Hawking ? He believes he matters and has resources to keep him as comfortable as possible.
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        • Jun 2 2013: .
          Kate,
          I resent very much you saying that, "...........Ginger and others here would joyfully cull the population explosion by encouraging govt officials and manipulative heirs to eliminate those they have no use for".

          I don't know what you read into Ginger's comment but I certainly saw no "joyfully" in it at all. It seems that, like other busybodies of your stripe, you don't hesitate to misinterpret, misdirect, and, as in this case, to outright lie, to achieve your selfish ends of exercising some small degree of control of others for your personal satisfaction. No matter what pain or other harm you do.

          Not one of us who support an individual's right to arrange their own ending of life in a dignified manner, has even mentioned having a "cull" by "the govt." or anyone else, let alone supported such a notion.

          That the government has put laws in place to stop a person from having proper guidance and/or assistance in ending their life effectively and painlessly, is true government control of when and how we should die. This interference in a very private personal matter resembles, much more, a totalitarian state than a supposedly democratic one.

          I can only hope, Kate, that your own death is a quick, easy and painless one. I would not wish, even upon such an arrogant twit as you, the kind of excruciating agony and slow painful ending that you are advocating for many, many others.
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          Jun 2 2013: Kate: I think you've missed my point. It's one thing to intercept whenever possible if the sufferer has not yet searched his soul and reached his final decision--of course Euthanasia should always be after the individual has explored all other alternatives. In an empathetic society, however, the final choice must be in the hands of the suffering. Life is only precious to those who are NOT severely suffering, with no signs of improving their situation, and nowhere to turn. Why is it though that when someone is putting themselves in the shoes of another individual, wanting only to provide love and comfort, there are people like you who want to look for ulterior motives? This is precisely why there is so much cruelty in the world...in the name of "for their own good." Whose good?
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        Jun 2 2013: Helen: All humans matter...that's why it needs to be their own choice whether they wish to exist or not. Why would you even bring up Stephen Hawking who, very admirably, lives a very full and happy life. It's his choice, not yours or anyone else's.
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          Jun 2 2013: I have given Power of Attorney to those who can execute it to not use life support....Ventilators, feeding tubes. Of course everyone matters but some people don/t believe it.
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        Jun 2 2013: Larry: I wish more people were able to actually "understand" what they read...rather than complicating every issue by making up ways in which to be disagreeable. This mindlessness is holding back any progress while so many have to suffer the consequences. The world would be a better place if more people had your "clear thinking" ability.

        We can learn so much more from history when we are able to, not only see what was done right in the past, but also by revisiting the mistakes and righting those wrongs. So many people get stuck on traditional practices and beliefs--without ever considering that there might be a better way to bring justice and empathy to "every" living being.
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          Jun 3 2013: Ginger....You are dealing with an 81 year old lady who is becoming senile and stupid.and
          closeminded and "plague on our nation"

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