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The Common Ground

Common Ground
Arguments For
Arguments Against

The Euthanasia Debate: Common Ground

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 patient involved.

Both sides want to help the patient. They have only the patient's best interests at heart.

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.