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.
The key word is "allow".
If the patient can end their own life without assistance, you can't stop them.
If the patient requires assistance in ending their own life, that's a different matter.
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.
Yeah it's their life they can do what they choose with it we need less people on earth anyway if we keep stopping suicides we're going to get pretty close to over population and I sure as hell don't want that
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
We should widely look into cryonics for the cases of the terminally ill, as the end result is the same as assisted suicide in the worst case, but the best case is that they get a second chance at a full life.
Yes, but only if there is no chance of survival and then only after a series of counseling appointments. People can not get Gender Reassignment surgery without 6 months of counseling because GRS can not be undone. It should be no different for those seeking assisted suicide.
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.
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