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Thread: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Assisted euthanasia should be legal but it should have stringent oversight. However, "euthanizing" a comatose or brain-dead person without their consent should be illegal; that's murder.

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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    If you found yourself with a serious medical condition which would jeprodise your life if you carried your pregnancey to term, would you want the ability to abort?

    30+ years later we have elective abortion for any or no reason. I hope you can apreciate my hesitence in suporting any such 'right to die' law.
    I like the question you pose. I am lesbian and would never be pregnant and never wanted to be. But I felt the need to look at your question as you asked it so nicely.

    I am pro choice. I if i had ever been pregnant would under no circumstances had an abortion. I never would have done that. If in fact I found that it was me or the fetus or baby. I would be the one that would have to be sacrificed. I mean that sincerely.

    If I became so impaired as to feel helpless I would wish to die and would in fact find a way to make that happen.
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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    A lot of people are terrified of that prospect and I really don't know why. It kind of sounds nice.
    I don't understand why they would be afraid of. I am aging and not doing it very well. Sucks to be me. I have a lot of health issues that has limited me to some extent but I still retain the faculties that allow me to be me. I am not in any severe pain so I go onward. I have no desire to sit in a chair drooling while someone changes my diaper thank you very much. I would much rather have the dignity of death surrounded by loved ones and friends as we celebrate what we shared in life together. A nice meal a glass of wine some good sharing a hug and kiss good bye and sleep the rest of everland awaits me.
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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    it should be legal, but with strong regulations to prevent abuse of the system.

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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingPianos View Post
    it should be legal, but with strong regulations to prevent abuse of the system.
    The main obstical I see with any such regulation is the inherant dificulty in assessing pain. This problem is persistant throughout current pain-management treatment. Pain has proven to be to subjective and unverifyable to accuretly gage to an objective degree.

    In any such law, a lot of leeway would have to be given to the patient, so much leeway, IMO, as to minimise or even negate the profesional opinion of the doctor.

    This is where there would be room for abuse.

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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    If a person is terminally ill, mentally competent to make the decision, and in pain...then yes.

    If a person is just depressed, mentally impaired (in some cases), or not in pain...then no.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Assisted euthanasia should be legal but it should have stringent oversight. However, "euthanizing" a comatose or brain-dead person without their consent should be illegal; that's murder.
    An important distinction to make here: Generally if a person is comatose or braindead, you don't have to euthanize them. Just remove life support and they'll die on their own.
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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    The main obstical I see with any such regulation is the inherant dificulty in assessing pain. This problem is persistant throughout current pain-management treatment. Pain has proven to be to subjective and unverifyable to accuretly gage to an objective degree.

    In any such law, a lot of leeway would have to be given to the patient, so much leeway, IMO, as to minimise or even negate the profesional opinion of the doctor.

    This is where there would be room for abuse.
    Would pain be the only factor. I see more than that. I would say pain would be a biggie, but for me it would be inability to function at a certain level.

    That would be as much a factor as the pain.

    i do agree that the hospital or facility should be aware of the persons wishes before hand.
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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    The idea of Euthanasia.

    If you found yourself terminally ill and there was discomfort and the expenses were rising. The care and visitation is getting tough on the family.

    Do you think that Euthanasia should be legal? Do you think that it should be there if you need it?
    I think there are ground rules that must be made. Unless one is unable to give consent it should always be up to the person whose life will be taken and not their family. If it is certain that one will die and are unable to give consent then I suppose it should be the families call.

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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM2 View Post
    I think there are ground rules that must be made. Unless one is unable to give consent it should always be up to the person whose life will be taken and not their family. If it is certain that one will die and are unable to give consent then I suppose it should be the families call.
    I would almost think that one should have made prearrangement's. Sort of a power of attorney. Like this: In the event that I am in such and such condition this is what i would like done. That is if the person is incapable of response at the time.
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    Re: Euthanasia: Do you support it or against it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    I would almost think that one should have made prearrangement's. Sort of a power of attorney. Like this: In the event that I am in such and such condition this is what i would like done. That is if the person is incapable of response at the time.
    Consider this personal but true story:

    7 months ago my sister had brain surgery. While in recovery she was in excruciating pain. Since the exect procedure to extract the tumors was experimental (going in through the nose instead of the base of the scull) there was little the doctors could do to ease her pain. Most pain medications would complicate the other medications in place to help her recovery or inflame her head causing breathing problems.

    My sister is as born-again Christain as you can imagin, and begged for death.

    My father was with her, as her medical proxy and general power of aturney. He had both my sister's, the atending phisitions's and the law's expressed written permission to euthenise her in the event of unbearable pain.

    Place yourself in her shoes for a moment. You know this was a posability going in, and dispite your strong religious beliefs you allowed the posability to be put down if the pain was just to much.

    The pain has exeeded your worst fears, the doctor, aturney and your medical proxy are there in the room with you, ready to dispence the medication that will end it all.

    With tears you beg to die....


    ...but your medical proxy refuses.

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    7 months later my sister is greatfull to be alive and enjoys her doughters in ways she can't discribe. She aproaches life with new eyes, both metiforicly and literaly, as one of the miricles of her operation was regaining sight in an eye that has been blinde from birth.
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