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    Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    Do you support the idea of using Euthanasia on humans? If so in what circumstances.


    IMO, yes, euthanasia should be legalised to be used on humans. Many conservatives argue the right to life in abortion issues, so why not have a right to death. A cancer patient who has been slowly withering away for years on treatment, and has given up and wants to die. What gives anyone the authority to deny a person who his in extreme pain and suffering that has no hope of recovering the painless death they want? If I was guaranteed to be stuck in a hospital bed for the rest of my life, I would want to die.

    Not only would it be helping a person get away for pain, it would be saving money. If a person wanted to be euthanised instead of be hospitalised for months on end, it would save the government (in the US's case, insurance companies) thousands of dollar that would have been used to keep that person alive.

    Given people the right to be able to die painlessly than slowly of cancer or some other disease would be wonderful. Of course anything this drastic would still need regulations as to when you can be euthanised.
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    If people want to die they should be able to, especially if they're in a painful situation.
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whoppletraps View Post
    If people want to die they should be able to, especially if they're in a painful situation.
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    I suppose people should have the right to something like this if they choose to, under certain circumstances. I wouldn't support it unless the person was fully capable of making such a decision (no power of attorney). And they'd need to be terminally ill. Suicide is a selfish act that only harms those closest to you. Also, it absolutely better not get any federal subsidies. I'm not willing to send my tax dollars for anyone to be euthanized, even if it's cheaper to society as a whole, because I could never see why you should do this. I think many would agree with me on that.

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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    Jeremy Clarkson, and what the hell is he smoking?
    Just a regular pipe, although it would be grovey if he blazed...
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whoppletraps View Post
    If people want to die they should be able to, especially if they're in a painful situation.
    I agree, although the doctor should have to inform the family and give everyone a chance to talk about it first. In the end, though, no one can make the choice for you.
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    If a Doctor says there is no hope and the patient in question will suffer through a painful ordeal then it should be up to the patient.

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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    We are all going to die.....I'm old enough now to have at least seen the generation before me suffering in nursing homes, demented, without privacy or dignity, longing to die.

    I would also support the right of parents to withhold heroic measures from these 1 lb, 20 week newborns who will never have any capacity for awareness.

    If you're in a coma without any reasonable hope of ever recovering and have made your wishes known in advance, I'd support euthanasia. (This one is more challenging, though, as some other person would have to actually deliver your death.)

    I have mixed feelings about allowing the hopelessly, severely mentally ill to choose to die. This one is hard, because although I can see the pain they suffer, I don't see how their consent could ever be given.

    I'd allow any death row or LWOP prisoner who wanted it to die.

    Death doesn't have to be expensive; the same stuff vets use on animals will kill humans, if given in sufficient doses.

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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    I think it is strikingly bizarre that we feel we have a right to tell people whether they're allowed to die. How incredibly selfish and arrogant.

    That should sum up my position on the matter nicely.

    I think a basic mental assessment and history should be done for a patient wishing to die, for whatever their reason. If acute psychiatric crisis is not present, or if it is but with a long and treatment-resistant history (basically like cancer of the brain), humane euthanasia should be granted. Period.

    If a doctor does not wish to do it on that patient for whatever reasons, means of humane suicide or another medical assistant to perform it should be provided.

    I do not have the right to tell anyone what to do with their life. I do not have the right to tell anyone they don't have a right to their own bodies. Neither do you, neither does anyone, except that person who is making that decision.

    It's not like people are going to be lining up to die. Seriously being ready to die is at odds with our very nature and despite the skewed picture people like to paint of suicide, it is not a decision people take lightly.
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    Re: Euthanasia for the use of humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    I think it is strikingly bizarre that we feel we have a right to tell people whether they're allowed to die. How incredibly selfish and arrogant.

    That should sum up my position on the matter nicely.

    I think a basic mental assessment and history should be done for a patient wishing to die, for whatever their reason. If acute psychiatric crisis is not present, or if it is but with a long and treatment-resistant history (basically like cancer of the brain), humane euthanasia should be granted. Period.

    If a doctor does not wish to do it on that patient for whatever reasons, means of humane suicide or another medical assistant to perform it should be provided.

    I do not have the right to tell anyone what to do with their life. I do not have the right to tell anyone they don't have a right to their own bodies. Neither do you, neither does anyone, except that person who is making that decision.

    It's not like people are going to be lining up to die. Seriously being ready to die is at odds with our very nature and despite the skewed picture people like to paint of suicide, it is not a decision people take lightly.
    How do you determine if some one who is severely mentally ill wants to die? Do you suggest just putting them down if it's too severe for them to be cognizant of the situation?

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