Yes I am all for euthanasia, however it is not a black and white argument.
For example: what constitutes a terminal illness for the sake of euthanasia? Expected life expectancy? Someone with a life expectancy of 3 months vs 3 years with the same condition but different severity of symptoms - would euthanasia apply in both situations or just one of them? What exactly would constitute a condition where euthanasia would apply?
Do you remember the case of Nancy Crick? She claimed she had cancer and was basically the poster woman of the pro euthanasia debate. She successfully euthanized herself and it was found after the fact that she didn't actually have cancer.
It's easy to sit back and say yes or no, but there is a lot more to it than that.
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06-02-2016 11:35 #11
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06-02-2016 11:44 #12
No I don't. I believe in respecting a persons right to decline medical treatment and I believe that palliative care could be greatly improved in our medical system. But no I don't agree with euthanasia. X
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06-02-2016 11:46 #13
Yes. But before those who choose to go that path should have to do some sort of counseling beforehand.
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06-02-2016 11:55 #14
Yes, for the reasons you stated.
06-02-2016 11:55 #15
Euthanasia - Yes or No?
Yes, I've been a nurse for longer than id like to admit and I've seen so many painful horrible deaths.
I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemies.
We are humane enough to put our dogs and cats out of misery, why don't we do it for the sick and dying?
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06-02-2016 11:57 #16
Yes I agree with it provided adequate measures are set up to ensure it is done safely and appropriately.
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06-02-2016 12:05 #17
Yes, and I don't think it should be dependent upon having a terminal medical illness either.
Sometimes I think there people who just reach a stage in their lives (usually well into old age) where they have just had enough. Day to day life just doesn't offer them joy anymore. They have experienced everything they want to experience.
We have gotten to the point where the medical community seems to believe that the longer we live the better off we will be, but to what end? Not everyone wants to continue living when all of their family and friends have already passed on.
I think people should have the right to end their lives at a time that they feel is right, no matter what their medical situation might be. And I certainly don't think there is any excuse for making people suffer through their last moments on Earth.
06-02-2016 12:09 #18
from a humanity perspective of the person requesting it, I am all for it. but the legal liability aspect for the hospital/doctors could be massive.
06-02-2016 12:24 #19
06-02-2016 12:29 #20Senior Member
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I believe patients should have the option of euthanasia. Absolutely.
But...as a doctor, could I administer the lethal injection? No. I just couldn't do it.
Thankfully, I've never been in this situation. But it's a messy, awful, confusing subject.
I'm not the only doctor to feel this way. Not sure what the answer is.
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