Euthanasia, the practice of ending a life prematurely in order to end pain and suffering, is currently considered a criminal offense.
A law on suicide is as enforceable as a law against masturbation. You simple can't stop a person from doing what they wish to do. If a terminally ill person wishes to end their suffering, who I am I to prevent them.
Having lost a loved one to suicide I say no, it is never the answer. However, were I dying a slow and terrible death? I would end it. But I couldn't do that to my kids, so I wouldn't. But, maybe I would. Too big an issue, too emotionally charged for a survey
The "right to die" issue really troubles me. I'm afraid if we keep insisting on our right to die, the insurance companies are going to start denying care to chronically and terminally ill parients (who want and and need medical care) based on the enormous costs involved. I foresee a day in the not so distant future where we will be fighting for our "right to live." There will come a day when so-called "Death Panels" decide whether or not we should live or die based on the economic factors involved. This is a very slippery slope.
No! Are you kidding? You are supposed to die a natural death, taking your life is the worse thing you could do, if you only have a couple weeks to live, live it well and make beautiful memories. Don't end something that's going to take course on it's own.
A. I am terminally ill. B. The concern should be about weak and defenseless people being coerced into suicide by their potential heirs. If, given reasonable counseling a person wishes to cash-out, that should be allowed.
No, due to religious belief...for one did not give themselves life, therefore can not add or take away any days or years to it. Just refuse artificial life support. We are becoming too much of a country that gives "Burger King" rights. We can not continue to look at things in a "have it your way attitude." Let's look back at the purpose of life & death and not for "shortcuts."
This is an "I can't go there" stance. I can compassionately support it if they are suffering and there is no hope for survival, but at the same time, there are too many opportunities for abuse. That has to be the hardest for those left behind. Comfort care is the key for most situations.
Who's going to assist them? A regulated professional? Prosecution of family members etc. should not be pursued if they assist if it is clear it was the will of the deceased but medical professionals should not be doing it.
Suicide is not a legal matter - government should not be involved. However, government should also not be involved in creating a barrier to medicine via licensing and pharmaceutical prescription control. Assisted suicide . . . . . hard to tell where the "assisted" part might end and murder might begin. If people have access OTC to meds/drugs/etc. no need for assistance.
This is a hard one. I think you can't control whether a person wants to live or die. You shouldn't make it illegal but you shouldn't make it legal either. If the person wants to die, that's their own decision. The best we can do as a country is provide counseling to those who want it. Suicide is a serious thing and it's mostly caused by neglect. Whether it's self neglect or being neglected by someone else. It all comes down to feeling alone. Not seeing a future. It's hard to see a future when you aren't happy. In today's society, you are beaten down to the ground from bills and debts. There's
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