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    Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    In my opinion, euthanisia and assisted should be legal.
    I am also against hospitalizing people against their will for attempting suicide.

    Whether or not we agree with something shouldn't be a reason to ban it. In a free society we are our owners.

    It's my life. It's your life. As we have a right to our life that includes the right to end it if we feel it's necessary.

    It is the role of government to protect or civil liberties. Not to protect us from ourselves.

    The same can be said for many other laws.

    Post your thoughts here.
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    I'm not quite sure, someone who is driven to suicide should honestly seek counseling and psychological therapy, since there is obviously something wrong when you've been driven to commit suicide. It's the same principal that governs the logic behind when a mentally unstable person is deemed unable to care for themselves and put into an institution for their own protection. But I do think humanely putting someone out of their misery when treatment is futile is justified as well.
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    I agree that assisted suicide should be allowed, with some caveats...a peer or medical review of the request. Without thinking through all of the possibilities, the first few that come to mind would be that people with terminal illnesses should be able to request and receive permission in a timely manner. Others -- like those with disabilities or depression should have to adhere to a predetermined waiting period.

    The "average serial killer" gets out of this life easier than many of the rest of us. (Lethal injection.) It's wrong to take away this very basic human right.

    Oregon and WAshington already permit assisted suicide. North Carolina, Utah and Wyoming do not criminalize assisted suicide. Ohio's Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that assisted suicide is not a crime. Virginia imposes civil, not criminal, sanctions for assisted suicide.

    Nine states specifically criminalize assisted suicides through "common law": Alabama, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia. Thirty-four states have statutes explicitly criminalizing assisted suicide: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin.

    We're getting there, slowly but surely. http://www.euthanasia.com/bystate.html
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I agree that assisted suicide should be allowed, with some caveats...a peer or medical review of the request. Without thinking through all of the possibilities, the first few that come to mind would be that people with terminal illnesses should be able to request and receive permission in a timely manner. Others -- like those with disabilities or depression should have to adhere to a predetermined waiting period.
    I agree with this mostly, but not for disabilities and depression. Terminal illness, certainly, they should be allowed the option if they request it without being prompted. I think only in that case though.
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I agree with this mostly, but not for disabilities and depression. Terminal illness, certainly, they should be allowed the option if they request it without being prompted. I think only in that case though.
    We disagree, Redress. I think anyone should be able to voluntarily commit suicide with assistance. This is especially true of those with psychological illness, as let's face it, they aren't curable only treatable. The only concern I have is for a psychologically disturbed patient to be under the influence of someone else encouraging they volunteer. SO there are rules:

    As stated earlier in the thread...
    Terminal patient: after a timely review and psychological interview for intent.
    Minors: with a review, a psychological interview and parental or guardian consent
    All other individuals: a review and psychological interview.

    The psychological interview is to allow psychologically afflicted patients to pass. It is to eliminate external influence on the decision.

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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    In my state of Oregon assisted suicide has been legal for several years. To be eligible two doctors must certify that the patient has 6 months or less to live and of sound mind. I support this but not euthanasia or suicide.

    One result has been that after receiving the lethal drugs some patients have the will to last until the end knowing they could take the drugs at anytime.

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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    As stated earlier in the thread...
    Terminal patient: after a timely review and psychological interview for intent.
    Minors: with a review, a psychological interview and parental or guardian consent
    All other individuals: a review and psychological interview.
    I could never EVER support assisted suicide for a minor. They aren't fully cooked yet. No way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I agree with this mostly, but not for disabilities and depression. Terminal illness, certainly, they should be allowed the option if they request it without being prompted. I think only in that case though.
    Yeah, I could probably go with the exclusion of depression since that can most often be managed with medication -- although certainly in some cases that's not possible.

    But I think someone with profound disabilities that aren't terminal -- they should be allowed to die with dignity if they so choose. Thinking of quadraplegics....Lou Gehrig's Disease...some of those awful conditions.
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I could never EVER support assisted suicide for a minor. They aren't fully cooked yet. No way.



    Yeah, I could probably go with the exclusion of depression since that can most often be managed with medication -- although certainly in some cases that's not possible.

    But I think someone with profound disabilities that aren't terminal -- they should be allowed to die with dignity if they so choose. Thinking of quadraplegics....Lou Gehrig's Disease...some of those awful conditions.
    I agree 100 % with the first and second. The third scares me. I hate slippery slope arguments, but I think that is what I don't like in this case, where it could, maybe lead. I understand and respect your point, and don't 100 % disagree, it just scares me to go that far, if you follow what I am saying.
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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    I don't see all suicidal people as being disturbed. Just because what their dealing with is "no big deal" to you doesn't mean it's too much for them to deal with.

    That's just a thought to add to the discussion.

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    Re: Your views on euthanisia, assisted suicide, suicide and attempted suicide.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I could never EVER support assisted suicide for a minor. They aren't fully cooked yet. No way.
    It is with parental consent. But it is the minor's choice. Arguments related to external influence apply. But I understand your objection. My main point is not minors, it is...


    Yeah, I could probably go with the exclusion of depression since that can most often be managed with medication -- although certainly in some cases that's not possible.

    But I think someone with profound disabilities that aren't terminal -- they should be allowed to die with dignity if they so choose. Thinking of quadraplegics....Lou Gehrig's Disease...some of those awful conditions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I agree 100 % with the first and second. The third scares me. I hate slippery slope arguments, but I think that is what I don't like in this case, where it could, maybe lead. I understand and respect your point, and don't 100 % disagree, it just scares me to go that far, if you follow what I am saying.
    I personally have Bipolar type 1. Depressions totally suck. For many years I struggled and I still do, although I accept it more. There are times when I may have opted for assisted suicide.

    However, my main point is that someone who is not terminally ill, seriously disabled, or psychologically afflicted - a normal healthy adult - should be able to choose to undergo assisted suicide. It should be a right.

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