Motion: This house believes that euthanasia be legalized in this country.
I personally believe that by practicing euthanasia in order to end a poor quality of life is both morally and ethically unacceptable.
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Mercy killings in my opinion are inhumane as there cannot be a distinction between euthanasia and murder, especially as both are premeditated. One recent example was the Dr. Shipman case where a well-respected doctor argued that he didn’t murder some of his patients but instead only carried out euthanasia; this was quashed in court.
Legalisation of euthanasia may even cause certain individuals to murder and use euthanasia as a cover.
By ending a person’s life, albeit with good intention, people will nevertheless be ‘playing God’. This argument is significant as it contravenes many of the major faiths, which strongly agree with the idea that euthanasia is murderous.
But what if a patient requests that he/she wants to undertake euthanasia? It may be argued that each individual has the right to choose. This is not the case as passive euthanasia is a form of suicide.
In conclusion, in today’s society, both murder and suicide are both illegal acts. As euthanasia can qualify as one of the above, it too should remain illegal.