Challenge: Euthanasia Is a Fundamental Human Right

The challenge today comes from “Top 10 Reasons Euthanasia Should Be Legal Everywhere”:

The right to choose is fundamental and applies to all elements of “human life,” which by the nature of human life, includes the right to choose how you die. As an example, a terminally ill individual who is currently under significant pain may choose to die with dignity, as is his right. To deny him this is to deny him his personal autonomy and is an act that is trespassing on his humanity. While concepts such as dignity are defined by social majority, an individual, possessing all the rights of a human being, may perceive a dignified death to be preferable to constant suffering. He may decide on euthanasia, and this choice should be available to him. Very simply, this is his right to choose, as equally as he made his choices when faced with circumstances in life. It cannot be questioned should he decide to act on it. In the case of euthanasia, we simply request assistance to facilitate this right of choosing how to exit this world.

What problems do you see with this statement? How would you respond to this claim? Tell us in the comments below, and Alan will post his response on Thursday.

[Update: View Alan's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]

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Amy K. Hall

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