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View Poll Results: Are you for assisted suicide?
Yes 24 75.00%
No 8 25.00%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-30-2007, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:15 AM
 
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I'm definitely for assisted suicide. Dying is just part of life. Why should someone who is ready to move on have to stay here suffering in a hospital? Our real lives are on the other side anyway. This is a temporary assignment.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't think we have the right to take our own lives or the lives of others in these instances. It's a tough issue to be sure because I do understand the suffering of many of these people. I wish we had better pain control. I think we've gone over to a realm that belongs to God alone though when we actively promote or hasten death. I don't think on the other hand, that we have to unnaturally prolong life either but even in those cases, the decisions can get a little dicey and controversial too.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:23 AM
 
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I don't think we have the right to take our own lives or the lives of others in these instances. It's a tough issue to be sure because I do understand the suffering of many of these people. I wish we had better pain control. I think we've gone over to a realm that belongs to God alone though when we actively promote or hasten death. I don't think on the other hand, that we have to unnaturally prolong life either but even in those cases, the decisions can get a little dicey and controversial too.
I agree. There is a difference between "assisted suicide" and needlessly prolonging the life of someone who is near the end and has no hope of recovering or any quality of life.
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I have had different thoughts on this subject for a very long time - thoughts that are firm for both sides of this controversy.

I speak for myself only. If I am terminally ill, in pain, with no hope of recovery - then, yes, I would not want to continue living.
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:54 AM
 
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I have had different thoughts on this subject for a very long time - thoughts that are firm for both sides of this controversy.

I speak for myself only. If I am terminally ill, in pain, with no hope of recovery - then, yes, I would not want to continue living.
but that isn't the question. . . the question is would you want someone to assist you in commiting suicide?

I would not want to continue either but I would not kill myself. I would not want artificial means such as a ventilator etc. but suicide no.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:26 PM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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As a person who has seen many terminally ill and vegetative people and family members, I am absolutely an advocate of assisted suicide.

All "assisted" means is that, if you reach a certain stage and actually CAN'T do it yourself, you state your preferences in your living will/final wishes, and a physician or family member with physician aid will remove you from life support or ventilation.

Aging people in ill health often come to this stage; if they are kept on life support, they might be able to look forward to months, even years, of a very low quality of life, pain, etc.

It's not for everyone, but assisted suicide should be legal, and decided by the individual and family members. The government should not be involved in this at all...this is an individual medical decision, based on individual religious preferences, medical history, and many other factors.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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Removing someone from artificial life support such as a ventilator is not what assisted suicide is.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Many people have strong religious and moral objections to assisted suicide, and they should have that right respected. But on the other hand those that don't have those objections should have the right to pursue it as an option.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:57 PM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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Removing someone from artificial life support such as a ventilator is not what assisted suicide is.
It is certainly one method, wouldn't you say? The person on life support may be totally mentally cognizant, too, by the way...I'm not just talking vegetative state.

The other most "accepted" method for those NOT on support would be euthanasia.
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