Euthanasia is the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment (Euthanasia, n.d.).We have had two teams debate the affirmative and negative arguments relating to the legalisation of euthanasia. I will provide a summary of these arguments focussing on key points of discussion. The attributes of a team environment contribution to the overall learning process will also be summarised.
My team argued against legalisation. We highlighted attempts at both state and federal levels to legalise euthanasia had failed. We also argued the risk of society’s devaluation of human life, the vulnerability of specific groups: mentally ill, elderly without family support. My personal argument was that legalizing euthanasia is morally impermissible, because it is a violation of principles fundamental to the medical profession and the sacrosanct nature of human life (De Vocht & Nyatanga, 2007). I also discussed the possible negative effects on family members involved in the assisted suicide of a loved one. I summarised with a personal anecdote emphasising the precious value of life.
The opposition team primary strategy centred on the individuals autonomy in the decision making process, the lack of dignity associated with prolonged human suffering and some obscure references to practices in ancient times. Mention was also made of some minority groups favouring euthanasia, but appearing to lack substance and credibility. The opposition’s summary focussed on the definition of Utilitarianism and the relationship to benefits of euthanasia.
At the conclusion of the debate, our tutor awarded victory to our team. He was impressed with our arguments and presentation. He also made mention of all individual members providing a personal contribution to the team. As a result of this positive feedback, I have not considered any additional arguments....