[quote="NoMoreGames, post:10, topic:242948"]
During the course I was in, we focused on morality from a non religious view (ie if we through it was wrong, we had to come up with a reason beyond "God said so"). From this aspect, the issue was still incredibly complex. For this reason, it was beneficial to have a law that allowed, but never forced the option (on doctors or patients).
From this class, I have formed the opinion that laws should exist to protect rights, not enforce morality. This is due the vast diversity of moral theories (all impossible to prove empirically). Independent of if I feel the concept of euthanasia is moral or not, I feel the law is a good one to have. As for showing the other side of the debate, the law is not forcing any one to do anything, so I'm not sure what the debate in this case would be (assuming laws existed to protect rights).
I have my BA in English with a minor in philosophy, so I spent alot of time arguing this stuff in class, over beers with my friends, etc-I miss those times, when face to face argument was not only a passion, but vital to survival!
Like I said before, I support the church teaching. Having said that, if your heart does not break over watching people suffer, your a sick person.