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Unread 03-17-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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There is no law aginst taking your own life.They do not hold you in a mental ward if your only thing is you tried to committt suicide.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Plattsburgh NY
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IMO, yes we have that right. Death is a part of life. Self inflicted or otherwise.

I highly dislike the phrase... "suicide is a cowards way out". Just not true. It takes a lot of brave to "off" yourself. Just imagine putting a gun in your mouth and being able to pull the trigger. A rope around your neck and jumping off that chair. A whole bottle of pills and wondering... how is this going to feel. Use your imagination. A coward is someone much different.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 09:41 PM
Status: "The mind doesn't work if it's closed!" (set 20 days ago)
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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There is no law aginst taking your own life.They do not hold you in a mental ward if your only thing is you tried to committt suicide.
Oh, yes!

"In the United States, individuals who express the intent to harm themselves may be automatically determined to lack the present mental capacity to refuse treatment, and can be transported to the emergency department against their will. An emergency physician will determine whether inpatient care at a mental health care facility is warranted. This is sometimes referred to as being "committed". A court hearing may be held to determine the individual's competence. In most states, a psychiatrist may hold the person for a specific time period without a judicial order."
Suicide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I used to work in a Mental Health Hospital and I agree with above.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 12:03 AM
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I have no intention whatsoever of dying in someone's intensive care unit or in any part of any hospital, If I can help it. I also refuse to run from one specialist to another looking for some miracle cure that will extend my life a week or a month. If have my way a nice opitated overdose while sitting on my front porch gazing at the wonders of the sky will do just nicely, thank you very much and I don't give a damn about what someone else thinks about my "rights". My only fear is getting Alzheimer's and forgetting to do what I set out to do, now that would be a *****!
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Unread 03-18-2010, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Wrangell, AK
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There is no law against taking your own life.They do not hold you in a mental ward if your only thing is you tried to commit suicide.
Wrong. In most states - including Texas, by the way - you can and usually are held for a minimum of 72 hours for assessment by mental health professionals. This hold can be put in place by law officers, judges and/or medical professionals who deem you to be a "danger" to yourself.

If you happen to be in the military, then you are damaging "government property" and can be court-martialed.

So, I would assume that you would have to successfully do the deed. An attempt is what will get you trouble. Also, any public record like police reports or court proceedings are available to prospective creditors, future bosses/jobs, licensing agencies from driver's license to professional accreditation.

My personal belief is that if someone really wants to die they will. The circumstances that create that desire are different for each. It is the will that matters.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I don't think it's a question of having the "right" to take your own life. Rather, I think it's a decision you make.

Honestly, the thought of suicide being officially declared illegal is kind of funny. You kill yourself, and then what? Your dead body gets hauled into court for breaking a law?
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Unread 03-18-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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You have the right to do it slowly with excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, morbid obesity, and not seeking treatment for illnesses, you just aren't allowed to do it quickly and expediently by diving off a cliff or sucking on the barrel of a shotgun.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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absolutely great answer coolhand68...
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Unread 03-18-2010, 02:48 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I have no intention whatsoever of dying in someone's intensive care unit or in any part of any hospital, If I can help it. I also refuse to run from one specialist to another looking for some miracle cure that will extend my life a week or a month. If have my way a nice opitated overdose while sitting on my front porch gazing at the wonders of the sky will do just nicely, thank you very much and I don't give a damn about what someone else thinks about my "rights". My only fear is getting Alzheimer's and forgetting to do what I set out to do, now that would be a *****!
I agree 100% with you and I wish every country would implement a program similar to Dignitas in Swiss.
Read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignitas_(euthanasia_group)
We all want to die in dignity. We do not want to be a vegetable or near that stage suffering lonely in a hospital or nursing home while exposed to all kinds of abuse. Sadly, I see it everyday: from not getting the medications, or right medications, not being feed or changed as scheduled, to lying in to hot, or to cold room, unable to sleep, neglected, isolated, in pain, being a Guinea pig to new meds or a "body" used by medical students and resident doctors to improve on their surgical skills.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I believe the law is such that if you were to advertise you were going to take your life, law enforcement can prevent you from doing so. However you are free to sign a DNR so you can be allowed to die without heroic measures to resuscitate you in your illness. It's a distinction between taking one's life and letting one's life slip away.
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