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Old 08-27-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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It's my belief that it should be one's personal option to choose to die when their quality of life shows little hope of improving. Keeping someone alive just because the technology is there seems cruel and unfair. I think we should all be allowed to "choose our terms of death".

I think we're working towards it in some cases. Living wills help. And those on life support are many times left to the option of survivors as to when to pull the plugs.

I think there should be more support from the medical community to help aid those who prefer to die as peacefully as possible.

Your thoughts?
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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I believe that all for Chinese teenagers....

Ooops sorry.

It a bit ironic that only people arrested for committing suicide are those who fail. So to answer the question, I think that rational reasoning persons should have a right to those who assist in ending their own lives.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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More support from the medical community, who's bread-and-butter depends on unnecessarily keeping people alive as long as possible?

There are 3 right-to-die states currently, and why aren't there more? And not in liberal California? What does that say!!!

I work in a Long-Term care facility, and you dare not bring up the subject of euthanasia!! Where I work, the staff gets frantic over headcount! Anytime it drops a few below the capacity of 98, worries abound! Where jobs are at stake, it's going to be a tough road getting euthanasia legalized!

Only bankruptcy of Medicaid and Medicare is going to accomplish that!

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It's my belief that it should be one's personal option to choose to die when their quality of life shows little hope of improving. Keeping someone alive just because the technology is there seems cruel and unfair.

Simple.

You can do that today.

Don't go to the hospital.

Stay home and die a natural death.

That's what people did before "technology."


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Old 08-28-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: USA
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Simple.

You can do that today.

Don't go to the hospital.

Stay home and die a natural death.

That's what people did before "technology."


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Good point, if it's possible.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: USA
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It's my belief that it should be one's personal option to choose to die when their quality of life shows little hope of improving. Keeping someone alive just because the technology is there seems cruel and unfair. I think we should all be allowed to "choose our terms of death".

I think we're working towards it in some cases. Living wills help. And those on life support are many times left to the option of survivors as to when to pull the plugs.

I think there should be more support from the medical community to help aid those who prefer to die as peacefully as possible.

Your thoughts?

I so agree with you.

People get easily confused.

And the confused people think that life is sacred and one should be kept alive no matter what, no matter if it's really much harder for them, much worse and they don't want to do it. I think that people feel guilty for ending someone's life because of this programming.

It's not a logical programming, but an emotional one. But logically, what is really best for the person, THAT should be considered when making a decision.

Some people have cancer and they are told: you are in the last stage, but if you go through treatments, we can prolong your life by probably about six months. Prolong torture you mean? I can't even fathom someone choosing treatments in this case. But I think some people actually consider it...
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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It's my belief that it should be one's personal option to choose to die when their quality of life shows little hope of improving. Keeping someone alive just because the technology is there seems cruel and unfair. I think we should all be allowed to "choose our terms of death".

I think we're working towards it in some cases. Living wills help. And those on life support are many times left to the option of survivors as to when to pull the plugs.

I think there should be more support from the medical community to help aid those who prefer to die as peacefully as possible.

Your thoughts?
I think anyone who wants to die should be allowed to do so in whichever way they desire.

Personally, I think Suicide Booths should exist, why force people who don't enjoy life to suffer through it?
http://www.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3...T9uYqO3w6Qgllg
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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I so agree with you. ... people think that life is sacred and one should be kept alive no matter what, no matter if it's really much harder for them, much worse and they don't want to do it. I think that people feel guilty for ending someone's life because of this programming.

It's not a logical programming, but an emotional one. But logically, what is really best for the person, THAT should be considered when making a decision.

Some people have cancer and they are told: you are in the last stage, but if you go through treatments, we can prolong your life by probably about six months. Prolong torture you mean? I can't even fathom someone choosing treatments in this case. But I think some people actually consider it...
I agree. The problem lies with a combination of what you said and what another poster mentioned about the pressure from medical people to keep their profits coming in order to keep themselves employed. Hospitals want their share of this profit also. And relatives don't want the "guilt" of not giving the best care on their shoulders.

Guilt and profit too often "influences" the decision to keep people alive.. no matter the physical cost to the poor patient who is physically suffering from these decisions made by others for him.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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Simple. You can do that today. Don't go to the hospital. Stay home and die a natural death. That's what people did before "technology."
Natural deaths without pain and suffering are very few and far between... esp with cancer, kidney failure, liver damage, etc. The best you can hope for is going into a coma and dying. My father had liver cancer and ended up taking his own life with a gun at home when they could no longer drain the fluid and he couldn't breath. Had he been under good medical care, he should have been sedated heavily in his dying moments.

Most people suffer great pain before dying. One thing technology and current medication CAN do for the most part, is sedate and relieve the pain. Anesthesiologists can "put someone under" much like they do prior to surgery.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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All I know is that I get VERY upset when I hear stories about feeding tubes being disconnected and having a person literally starve to death instead of just maybe a nice shot of lethal drugs. I just can't understand watching a family member suffer like that.
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