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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Think what really sucks is that someone had to go through such a difficult ordeal with the entire world watching it under a microscope. Kind of overtly morbid in my opinion. I get the debate on the end of life decisions but she did it somewhere where its legal so not sure I'm quite on board with the whole "Lets make her the poster child for the cause" band wagon.

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    So you believe that an individual should never be able to end their life under the consultation and supervision of their physicians no matter how sick they are and no matter how horrible the last few weeks of their life will be?

    Do you know how many people actually die of cancer? Let's say a woman gets diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer or stage 4 endometrial cancer, do you how know she will actually die?

    That woman will starve to death. As the cancer metastasizes throughout the body, the abdomen fills with a cancerous fluid, the fluid then puts so much pressure on the digestive organs that any food ingested is promptly thrown up. At this point you start to slowly starve to death. As more of the cancerous fluid is produced, the abdomen visibly distends to the point that it appears as though the person is pregnant. Usually by now they are throwing up dozens of times a day a vile cancerous fluid. Sometimes even small sips of water can't be kept down, and the only thing morphine does is help you to sleep through some of the day. This constitutes the last few weeks of your life. You are in constant pain, your organs are slowly failing, you throw up dozens of times a day, you cannot eat anything without throwing it up, all you can do is suck on ice cubes and pray that you will soon die.... It is the worst death imaginable, it makes crucifixion look like a cake walk.

    So you think that individual should be forced to simply endure it rather than with the assistance of their physician, ending their life 2 to 4 weeks before they would have met such an end?
    He is scared of Obama's death panels.


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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    A bullet or noose would likely have been cheaper. If sane adults cannot get heroin then why should they be able to get other lethal drug cocktails?
    Bullet or noose? Little barbaric don't you think?

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Imo, sane adults should be able to buy and ingest any drug they want (and can afford) - including heroin.

    It should be none of the state's business what I put into my body, provided it hurts no one else directly.
    Ever met a heroin addict? Ever seen what they will do to get their fix?

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    He is scared of Obama's death panels.
    What is disgusting is the whole right wing myth of "death panels" arose from a stipulation in health reform that would have reimbursed doctors for the time they spent with patients discussing end of life decisions.

    Just the same, telling someone with late stage 4 cancer that they must die "naturally" regardless of how horrible of a death that will be, is a perfect example of socially conservative authoritarianism.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishstyx View Post
    Think what really sucks is that someone had to go through such a difficult ordeal with the entire world watching it under a microscope. Kind of overtly morbid in my opinion. I get the debate on the end of life decisions but she did it somewhere where its legal so not sure I'm quite on board with the whole "Lets make her the poster child for the cause" band wagon.
    You realize she had to move to a different state so that she could do it where it was legal.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Bullet or noose? Little barbaric don't you think?
    The end result is the same.
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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    You realize she had to move to a different state so that she could do it where it was legal.
    Aware of it.

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishstyx View Post
    Aware of it.
    So the fact that someone that was terminally ill had to pick up and move their family to a different state just so they could die with dignity does not in your opinion make them "a poster child for the cause"?
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, 29-year-old right-to-die advocate with brain cancer, ends her l

    It isn't assisted suicide in a case like this that makes people so uncomfortable. It's the Pandora's Box it opens in the process.

    Where's the line? Terminal conditions only? Define terminal in terms of time (we're all terminal eventually). What about someone who survives a stroke but is incapacitated in some fashion. What about someone with severe multiple sclerosis? What about someone with early dementia? Someone paralyzed or who lost limbs?

    Bottom line is, there's no one stopping most anyone from ending their own life if that is what they want to do.

    It's an awfully difficult thing to imagine from any angle.

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