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Easily one of the most controversial topics of our time euthanasia tends to arouse emotional debate However there should be a very practical approach to this subject that puts the value of individual free will above the will of religion Even if euthanasia is immoral it still should not be prohibited by law since if a patient wants to die that is strictly a personal affair regardless of how foolish or immoral the desire might be Nichols My position is almost identical for I do believe there are some instances in which euthanasia is immoral such as if it is not the persons will and is involuntary but I also believe it should unquestionably be legal upon request Society has its own moral obligation to respect individual autonomy when we can do so without infringing upon the rights of others In the constitution we are guaranteed life liberty and the pursuit of happiness It would seem a contradiction then to prevent someones pursuit of happiness that involves liberation from ones own life Because we believe that life is intrinsically valuable only as a result of its ability for rational decision-making a free will it should not be acceptable to prolong a with no intrinsic value Out of respect for ones free will and rationality a person should have the right to determine their own medical treatment including euthanasia Of course this brings about the question of determining the actual free will that any person has in making decisions concerning medical treatment Since our argument rests in the hands of autonomy it is important that patients are given some sort of psychological test to evaluate their rationality People who are mentally ill or who are unable to perform such a test should not be given the opportunity for euthanasia simply because they are not in the position to evaluate their quality of life There is the opportunity for too many complications if we allow
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