Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
USA: Rick | Pakistan: Alex | Egypt: Heytham | Philippines: Mhikie, Jesson | Iran: Henieh, Rojhano, Sara, Elham | Japan: Calatha | Mauritania: Boboty | Russia: Oleg, Salavat | Algeria: Soso | Azerbaijan: Salima | Tunisia: Amin | Kurdistan: Zahir | Nepal: Grace | Indonesia: Atilla.
Panel PRO (Team A): Alex, Atilla, Heytham.
Panel CON (Team B): Jesson, Mhikie, Hanieh, Calatha, Boboty.
Audience (Team C): Elham, Oleg, Salavat
Just listened: Soso, Salima, Amin, Rojhano, Sara, Zahir, Grace.
Host: Rick (USA)
Team A Summary:
- No one can feel this pain unless they are going through it themselves.
- There are diseases that are not curable.
- We are spending so much money to explore outer space, but not on find medical cures.
- Life is not fair, people can be born in certain situations, and it’s their right to live their own life, make their own decisions.
- We have to respect individual choices, and understand the impact to family members.
- Often family members are drained financially and emotionally when someone close has a terminal illness.
- If the patient is dying anyway, is it fair to keep them alive with false hope?
Team B Summary:
- It’s not morally correct.
- As long as you are alive, there is hope, that maybe there is a medical solution or perhaps, a miracle.
- It’s not the solution.
- Life is precious for all, who gives us the right to take life?
- There are pain management techniques and solutions that help people with pain when they are terminally ill.
- We should never give up hope.
- If it was legal and easy, maybe it would be abused, the children would not want to waste time and money if their parent was ill.
- Stephen Hawking was someone that was brought up as an example; even people with severe illness can contribute to society.
- People that believe in Euthanasia are selfish.
- What about your family, they are fighting with you to overcome it.
- It can be a mindset, sometimes it’s too easy to give up hope.
- Euthanasia is like abortion; no one has the right to take a life this way.
- It is a difficult choice, on one hand we want to give people the freedom to choose, make their own choices; on the other hand, we don’t want to give up hope.
- AIDS is a good example, where once there it was treated as a terminal illness; today many people can live with antiviral treatments.
Team C Results/Summary:
- Elham A/B- could not decide.
- Oleg voted for team A.
- Salavat voted for team A.
Team A won the debate. Thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to this discussion.