People have no right to die under any circumstance
Only terminally ill people have the right to die
People have the right to die, but healthcare professionals should not aid in the process
People have the right to die, and healthcare professionals should be allowed to assist suicide
Suicide attempts should not be a criminal offense
Suicide attempts should be illegal
I actually think there is more "euthanasia" going on than one would suspect. Stop and think about it. If one is terminally ill and wants to end one's life, all one has to do is ask to be heavily medicated for pain to the point of stupor...instruct people around them not to give them any water...then will go into cardiac arrest in three days. It's not as pleasant as it could be, but it works.
Those people who are paralyzed and don't wish to continue living can refuse medical treatment for things like pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses...and so instruct their healthcare powers of attorney.
Those stroke victims who cannot feed themselves can refuse food and will die in three weeks.
It can be done, it's just a shame it can't be done more easily.
Thank you, Quazi!
(2) That too is true.
(3) I've never seen the movie, but I'll be seeing it soon since it seems interesting.
(4) THIS is true. During my med-surg clinicals, we'd see certain people that have suffered terrible bed sores, dehydration, lack of care, etc. And with this worsening economy it stands to reason that with less money less care will follow.
You're pulling on my heartstrings, Rogue.
I suppose I could shift my pov on this, but then if it turns out, after death, that the Bible was indeed infallible... well, that may be a bad thing for me. It's something to think on and discuss with family, etc.
I believe everyone has the right to die. I believe physicians should be legally allowed to assist suicidal patients, if the situation does not conflict with their own personal convictions. No one has the right to tell me I cannot die with dignity at a time and by the method of my choosing. And yet the "law" does just that.
That said, I do not believe that society should encourage suicide per se. Suicidal people should be offered aid and assistance in coping with the reasons they no longer want to live. More would do this, I believe, if being "suicidal" wasn't frowned upon in society to the point where it's actually illegal. As long as someone who confesses to being suicidal can be immediately locked up as being a danger to themselves, people who really need help in coping will be too frightened to ask for it. The result will be more suicides by people who could have been saved.
The word "selfish" ticks me off as well. I'm being "selfish" because the desperation of gasping for every breath drives me to avoid being bedridden, without dignity. Why is it me who is being selfish? Why isn't it the friends and loved ones who can see the pain I'm in and know that every day I live that pain will only get worse who are the selfish ones? We don't treat our dying elders with the same care and reverence we show our dying pets. That sucks.
Also, power of attorney only works in some medical cases. It doesn't ensure the right to die if you're already physically healthy but no longer wish to live; it doesn't ensure the right to die if aren't terminally ill (in other words, it can't force doctors to neglect you while in your care so that you do die), etc.
Palliative care, IMO, is immoral when it involves patients who don't want to suffer to the bitter end. Our health care system is way too Christian.
My point is that people have more power than they realize to plan their exit. No, most of us won't shoot ourselves in the head, but one can refuse transport to a hospital from home for pneumonia (example I used) if one has their loved one's support.
We need euthanasia to be legal. I completely agree. Judging by the votes on this poll, my question is: "Why isn't it already?"
Edit: We can also ask for enough pain relief to zonk us out so that we're neither hungry nor thirsty...
Last edited by MaggieD; 03-04-12 at 04:52 PM.
Thank you, Quazi!
You stated your belief on this topic is based on what the Bible says...Correct?
I stated that there are other things in the Bible you likely DO NOT base your beliefs on...Correct?
The implication here, was that you might need to use another source as the inspiration for your beliefs in this...as your reasoning is inconsistent.
Last edited by tecoyah; 03-04-12 at 05:30 PM.
Thank you for this post that I am reading through the blur of tears.
My oldest cat Chutney Occam Walligford has lymphoma. She is just fur and bones. She is still eating and jumping up to her favorite spots but I know that her time is in days now. She isn't quite ready to leave yet but she will tell me when the time comes and I will honor her request.
I don't support suicide unless you are dying anyway. I think it's horrible that your last few days, weeks or months should be filled with pain and that anyone who helps you will be charged with a crime. However, you shouldn't be supported because of a bad hair day. It's usually obvious when quality of life drops below a certain level.