View Poll Results: Should the state allow people to commit suicide?

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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJayH View Post
    yet in a fit of temporary insanity, contrary to your own personal beliefs you decide to kill yourself in the heat of the moment
    After the state saves your life, you are grateful becuase it was only a temporary weakness you had not desire to make it a permanent solution

    is it still wrong?
    I think that's the most common scenario regarding suicide, actually. A desire to make the pain stop as opposed to a desire toactually die, which to me is why we should work to assist suicidal with the former while trying to prevent the latter. Suicide is, after all, "a permanent solution to a temporary problem."
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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anima View Post
    I think that's the most common scenario regarding suicide, actually. A desire to make the pain stop as opposed to a desire toactually die, which to me is why we should work to assist suicidal with the former while trying to prevent the latter. Suicide is, after all, "a permanent solution to a temporary problem."
    With the thousands of possibuilitys that exist as to why a person would want to kill themselfs how do you know it's "a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

    What about a paraplegic who does not want to live paralyzed.

    An 80 year old man who has no family.

    A drug addict who has lost everything and is looking at prison for at least 20 years.

    Not all problems are temporary.
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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Just to get it straight, by attempting to stop him/her you would be violating his/her right to end his/her life.
    Correct?
    No. By attempting to persuade him/her to not commit suicide is in no way a violation of his/her right. My attempts may not be successful. Ultimately, it is their life, and they can choose to end it. The state shouldn't intervene with legal action.
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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    I voted no. Been there with loved ones, and it is not a fun thing to go through.

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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I don't see how the legality of it is really a factor. They're dead... WTF you gonna do? Punish their corpse?
    The conversation is an outgrowth of a drug-legalization thread. Should the state recognize the right of a person to take illicit, harmful drugs that will eventually lead to his death?

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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    For me it depends on the situation. If they have a mental problem, like extreme depression, then they should be stopped. They are not in their right mind.

    However, if a person has a terminal disease/virus then I would not even try to stop them. And don't believe that they should be stopped. After all we put horses down for having a broken leg. Surely we can basically give the same consideration to a terminally ill person asking for it.

    Another type of person that I would not stop from killing themselves are those that for no reason at all just decided to kill themselves. If they are that pathetic then who am I to stop Darwin's law?

    One other type of person that I would even help terminating is a murderer or rapist. Weather they wanted to die or not....
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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    I believe that it should be a persons right to do anything to themselves that they wish as long as it does not involve anyone else, this includes suicide. But I do feel alot of people that commit suicide never fully consider what their death will do to those that care for them and are acting in a selfish manner.

    And about a friend that wants to commit suicide. That depends on the situation. I wouldnt necessarily try to talk them out of it just because they were my friend. If I felt that they would almost certainly have a very unhappy and ****ty life, I may think they would be better off dead.

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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    The conversation is an outgrowth of a drug-legalization thread. Should the state recognize the right of a person to take illicit, harmful drugs that will eventually lead to his death?
    No. Because drugs can cause more pain for others than just the user. Including lives other than the users.
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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    The conversation is an outgrowth of a drug-legalization thread. Should the state recognize the right of a person to take illicit, harmful drugs that will eventually lead to his death?
    Really separate arguments.

    A person who commits suicide is dead.

    A person who regularly consumes large doses of harmful drugs often spends many years varying between useless and outright dangerous before becoming dead.

    It's like the difference between a suicide and a suicide bomber, in slow motion.

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    Re: Should a person be allowed to commit suicide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    No. Because drugs can cause more pain for others than just the user. Including lives other than the users.
    Drugs do not cause anything to happen to people who do not ingest them. Perhaps the people who do ingest the drugs cause pain, but that is the responsibility of those people, not of the drugs.

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