Depends on the regulation put in place and circumstances
However, your anecdote doesn't trump the reality of other individuals and the lives they live and the suffering they endure. You may have decided against it, but not everyone does.
And in context of this thread - doctor assisted suicide is tailored towards the ill who are suffering from physical ailments that will not leave them ever. They will spend their life in pain.
Before they can go ahead with the suicide they must undergo extensive psychiatric evaluation.
You call dehydration with palliative care "barbaric" "suffering?" So hospices should just shove a pillow over granny's face then so Lursa will approve?
You don't know what the hell you're talking about. You're just being contrary for the sake of being contrary, and it's a tired schtick.
What about dying a slow death where one must constantly consume pills do you think it preferable to a peaceful one?
It's inevitable either way - but of the two only one offers the patient a peaceful exit.
Palliative care is all about achieving said peaceful exit, and it's already used for those wracked with terminal disease.
If you still have your mind and your mobility then there is no shortage of ways in which you can kill yourself. It's not hard to do. You don't need a prescription.
Anyone in any state can refuse fluids. You do need to make your end of life desires known, preferably in writing and notorized.
Last edited by JayDubya; 02-06-15 at 06:24 PM.
Sure, you may be right. And if this said individual would prefer the most painless exit, one that can only truly by offered by a professional, why can't they have that option.If you still have your mind and your mobility then there is no shortage of ways in which you can kill yourself. It's not hard to do.
Again nothing about that is unethical.
I'm sorry you hit such a low point in your life that you considered ending it.
However, I still stand by my argument. Your resilience in the face of the depression you faced is not universal. And sometimes the pain isn't only psychological.
- If I'm reading it correctly, Doctor assisted suicide, is primarily aimed for the the ill who are suffering from physical pains that will never go away and that are severe. Many whom have used this service are individuals who were, not only in pain, but had a short time left a few years or so.
And even still - this option is not mandated by law. A physician does not have to grant the request. So it really boils down to the psychiatric evaluation and finding a doctor who is willing to go there.