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Old 04-07-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Assisted suicide? -

I am ready to vote yes.
California ‘Death with Dignity’ Advocates Launch New Campaign | State of Health Blog from KQED News

Some states and countries have passed legislation, I am not aware of any bad outcomes.
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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Canada may be deciding this soon

Assisted suicide debate needs constructive dialogue, doctors say - Health - CBC News
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:08 PM   #3
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I have always been a strong supporter of this.

We treat our elderly pets with more dignity than we do terminally ill people, IMO.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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This gets all muddled up, with things like; religious beliefs, playing god, euthanasia, Nazism, etc.
Mostly, I think people are just afraid of their own death, and stopping any and all death as much as possible, makes them feel a little better.
That being said, I find their behavior cowardly and selfish.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:21 PM   #5
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I think it is more often than not the case that it is families unwilling to let go rather than the actual patients themselves.

I used to do cancer research in a pediatric hospital many years ago, before I became a lawyer. I can't pass judgment on parents whose children were terminally ill as there is nothing worse that could possibly happen to you, but at the same time it was terrible watching some of these kids be put through experimental treatment after experimental treatment, with basically no quality of life, just to prolong suffering by what? A month? Two?

I don't ascribe a lot of value to the "this is playing God" line of thinking because why is this different? Aren't fertility treatments playing God? Isn't any aggressive cancer therapy playing God?

I think it is very important to really give thought to your end-of-life while you are still young and have your faculties and are able to discuss it with your family. So few people do it.
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in theory, i am fine with this, but i think it can be a lot to ask of a doctor, to actively help a patient end his life. there's a difference between keeping someone comfortable while allowing nature to take it's course vs. administering a lethal injection. but each case is different.
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I say no. This is not something the state should be involved in.
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I say no. This is not something the state should be involved in.

What exactly does this mean to you?

Should the state require life support? We know you don't believe in universal healthcare, so we can't do that. You don't believe in choice. So what IS your answer?

You don't put your farm animals down?
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I say no. This is not something the state should be involved in.
You really don't make a lot of sense, horse.

You know they're not state-mandating you keep all vegetables alive, right? You can choose to continue to water it until it finally dies, it's just legalizing the choice to (I'm out of plant analogies) opt out of an inevitable, painful, bed-ridden ending sooner than later.
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I think this should be a matter decided on by the person itself. So yes, legalise it, and give people or their families(in veggie states) the choice. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live like a fucking plant.
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found this very interesting

How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve : Shots - Health News : NPR
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in theory, i am fine with this, but i think it can be a lot to ask of a doctor, to actively help a patient end his life. there's a difference between keeping someone comfortable while allowing nature to take it's course vs. administering a lethal injection. but each case is different.
Very good point. I think that may be what makes me so uncomfortable, on occasion: The active action of ending a life, rather than the former scenario you laid out.
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Legal or not, if I get a terminal illness I'm going out on my own terms. I refuse to force my family to watch me suffer, I'll have a big party with all my friends and family and then go skydiving without a parachute.

The government has no business legislating on my right to be alive or dead, in any form, in my opinion.
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