In terms of my thoughts on the topic.
I think that the idea is nice in theory that someone with a terminal illness could choose to end their own life on their own terms.
However, there are too many grey areas for it ever be a legal option. The grey areas are the reason I could never agree with it. As much as I would like to, I just can't.
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06-02-2016 15:14 #41
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06-02-2016 15:21 #42
Yes to euthanasia. However I find many people these days are disconnected with the concept of death. In my experience many elderly people have their lives extended by well meaning family members (next of kin), who say "do everything possible" without knowing their loved ones wishes, or considering the consequences of something like taking heroic measures in an emergency situation vs. palliative treatment.
Sometimes palliative treatment for a dying person is the kindest thing for them, maybe 6 months of comfort is a better choice for that person than 6 years of pain?
Doctors are put in such a difficult situation when they can see a patient is ready to go, but the family can't handle it. I really feel for them.
We should all have the difficult conversation about how we would like our next of kin to care for us if we are in a life & death situation.
06-02-2016 15:26 #43
Yes. I work in health care, definitely yes. When people are pallative their lives consist of taking medications to try and keep pain, excruciating pain at bay. The meds bomb them out anyway and that's how many see out their days. What kind of quality of life is that. People don't even let their dogs through that much of the time.
06-02-2016 16:04 #44
No, never (and yes my mother died a very slow and painful death of cancer).
There's a very interesting read by Ann Humphry 'Deady Compassion' and her experience with her husband and The Helmock Society in America.
I think that there will be too much pressure for people to end their lives for the sake of others and not for themselves (ie the kids can get their inheritance etc) or that people feel that they are a burden on their families.
There should be more investment into palliative care and better nursing options, and to assist the elderly with financial decisions.
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06-02-2016 16:08 #45
06-02-2016 16:50 #46
Definitely yes to euthanasia. I believe that people of sound mind should have the choice to end their lives if they want to. I agree that there's alot of grey areas/ethical issues that should be considered though.
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06-02-2016 16:52 #47Senior Member
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No I don't believe in killing anyone for any reason .
This includes the death penalty and abortion.
06-02-2016 16:54 #48
06-02-2016 17:11 #49
Yes, but I'm aware of the many complexities surrounding the issue which make it difficult to legislate.
I particularly feel those who are of sound mind but terminally ill should be able to end their life rather than live out their last weeks in agony.
06-02-2016 17:13 #50
I agree with assisted suicide.. I say it this way to really make the point that it's not illegal to commit suicide, but when your old and so sick that you literally can not do it yourself why should anyone else have the right to turn that away from you? I also agree that it should not only be an option for terminally ill people, I think that people suffering with chronic depression who have exhausted all other options should be able to choose.. If it is made legal in the right way, where all other options are run to the ends and there is no reasonable percentage that things will get better people should be able to decide.. I'd rather have a great short life than live to a 'ripe old age' where I'm just bored of the world, there's nothing else for me to do, and just fade away into nothing..
On the other notes, death penalty, I also agree with, however only in very specific circumstances..
Abortion, I do not agree with... Unless in the case of rape or incest... If a young woman is just uneducated or just doesn't care I believe she should not have the right to an abortion. If she cannot look after the baby there are plenty of people around the world who cannot have children and want to adopt...
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