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People have the right to chose to live or die. Euthanasia should thus be allowed.

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  • You can't prevent all suicide. For instance, it would be completely impractical to ban rope--the most common implement used for the practice.
    In the words of Percy Bridgeman, a great scientist and incredible person who committed suicide to end his pain; "It isn't decent for society to make a man do this thing himself."
    Yes, of course it is correct to say that given the correct circumstances all people must be afforded the opportunity to depart life at a time and in the way of their own choosing.
    Who decides the circumstances?
    What about young children? Ought they be allowed to choose euthanasia? What if, for instance, they are terminally ill, in great pain, and wish to die? This question is currently being answered in a European court of law which will set a precedent for future cases where young people wish to die.
    As people who suffer terminal illness largely communicate, it is easier to wish to die than choose to live. Perhaps then the question of the right to euthanasia is a simple issue; the complexities surrounding the issue are the more complex problems.
    If someone wishes to die, what will be the effect of their death upon those who care for them? Perhaps the decision to give the person wishing euthanasia must if possible be given over not to the person themselves or authorities governing that person, but jointly between authority and their immediate families?

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