As with almost any debate, there are different opinions involved. In the
Euthanasia debate, this site focuses mainly on the arguments for and against euthanasia, but it is important to realize that
there is some common ground. As an example, we will look at the intentions of both sides of the issue.
Neither side is intending to harm the patient involved, but to help the
Both sides want to help the patient. They have only the patient's best interests
What does this mean? The first statement is saying that as a patient, you
are entitled to all the help that you can afford. While killing the patient is technically harming them, it is seen by supporters
of euthanasia as helping the patient by putting them out of their misery. Those who do not support euthanasia would argue
that it's wrong because you are taking the life of a human being. The second statement can be seen by both sides as a statement
of caring. You have the patient's best interests at heart. You care about the person. In the supporters' view, you care about
the person and do not want them to suffer anymore, so they are put out of their suffering. In the nonsupporting position,
you care about the person and do not want them to die.