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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Pros And Cons

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Perhaps the strongest argument made on behalf of legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide is that it, like abortion, is a "choice" issue. Proponents argue that euthanasia/assisted suicide is "the ultimate civil right," and that to deprive mentally competent, terminally ill people who want to end their suffering of a peaceful "aid in dying" is to fundamentally disrespect their right to personal autonomy. Proponents also argue that legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide is a necessary "insurance policy" that will ensure that no one dies in painful agony or unremitting suffering. Advocates contend that euthanasia/assisted suicide is little different from pain control since both use strong drugs and patients' deaths are occasionally unintentionally hastened as a side effect of the narcotics used in palliation. They also claim that doctors commonly engage in euthanasia/assisted suicide surreptitiously and promote legalization as a way to protect vulnerable patients from abuses inherent in the current "unregulated" practice. Acknowledging worries about potential abuses, advocates assure that "protective guidelines" would protect the vulnerable from wrongful death while still permitting suffering patients who are eligible for euthanasia/assisted suicide to obtain a desired, peaceful "death with dignity." Proponents also claim that opposition to euthanasia/assisted suicide is based primarily in religion and that laws prohibiting the practice are thus unconstitutional because they violate the division between church and state.

Opponents counter that legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide would lead society down a dangerous "slippery slope" with legalized killing eventually being permitted for disabled, elderly, and depressed people, as well as for those who are not mentally competent to request to die. Protective guidelines "do not protect," opponents declare, pointing to the Dutch experience with euthanasia as "proof" of both the reality of the slippery slope and the relative meaninglessness of guidelines. Opponents also argue that the economics of modern medicine would promote euthanasia/assisted suicide as a form of health care cost containment, noting that the drugs in an assisted suicide cost only about forty dollars, while proper care for a dying patient can cost tens of thousands of dollars. They also note that forty-four million Americans do not have health insurance, and that medicine is sometimes practiced in a discriminatory manner against racial and other minorities. Thus, they argue that "the last people to receive medical treatment will be the first to receive assisted suicide." Opponents also deny that there is widespread surreptitious euthanasia practiced in clinical medicine, citing several published studies as proof, and urge that hospice care and proper medical treatment provide the morally acceptable answers to the difficulties that are sometimes associated with the process of dying.

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over 3 years ago

In reading all these comments, I truly believe both side are very sincere. However, I am a terminal patient with cancer and think those that are opposed are thinking how the death of a sick loved one would affect them, not the sick person. I have been on deaths door for over 10 months, waking up in my feces and urine, vomiting till my ribs have cracked, and begging for God to let me die (I am a devout Mormon). “By the way I am dictating this via a concerned friend”. I live in Washington State and still cannot find a doctor who will assist my death. Why can’t I be allowed to take a pill or shot and die? My kids and wife clean me up each morning and do not believe in assisted suicide. To those who pontificate over not allowing death with dignity because only God can give or take life, I say “take the vomiting medicine ipecac every 4 hours for 2 weeks. Take you vacation days and actually feel a little of what my life is like. I think none of you who think only God can take life, will have the fortitude to make it the two weeks. Now after you have done this simulated sickness ( or something similar that will make you sick safely for weeks) wake up every morning and poor urine and diarrhea on your bed and ask you family to clean you up every morning. Now if you have the guts to try this, you will come out the other side with a different view. I don’t know why God won’t take me, but I have do not believe it is so others can learn compassion and service by watching their father and husband suffer more misery and pain than should be allowed. By the way my cancer is genetic and my kids all know my fate is their fate. But since we are all devout Mormons, we follow our faith and I continue living in hell. I don’t want another of hundreds of laying on of hands for comfort; I want to die. If I could get up and hold a gun I would go outside and blow my head off in a second if I could; knowing full well my religious beliefs and eternal consequences. Is this better than letting me take a pill. I don’t know but I have a hard time believing God would punish me. “May I not wake up in the morning is my prayer” Amen.

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over 3 years ago

im christian but I choose the religion for myself. I dont tell other people that they have to live through unimaginable pain because of what i believe in.Nothin gives any body the right to control the fate of anothers life.If the patient wants to die that's their choice not yours. America has freedom of religion and i believe in god but i do not have the right to control the life of another person.

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over 3 years ago

i say if its your body your choice and that doesn't mean everyone makes the right choices in life but you have the right to your own body and no one has the right to take that away from you

love to all of you and make the right choice

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over 3 years ago

i am a 14 year old highschool student looking to gather information for a project i am doing for a history class. and i must say, why do all you religious bigots feel like you have the right to say an individual cannot legally make their own decision on ANY matter. the constitution gives us the right to our own lives, as well as freedom of religion-- so your arguments are really not even relevant at all. those who say that assisted suicide is "the easy way out" could not be more wrong- the decision to take your own life means that one has truly come to terms with their own humanity, and are truly "dying with dignity". and while you people are all preaching the word of "god", let me preach albus dumbledore of harry potter (seeing as should be allowed just as much say here as "god")-- "to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure". the decision to help a loved one to die is beautiful and selfless gesture, which i believe is something that your "god" preaches as well

i just feel like too many people are blinded by religion, unable to look at the bigger picture, which is free of restrictions on your ability to make moral decisions. howabout people listening to what their heart tells them, instead of a book written by somebody with their personal opinions.

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over 3 years ago

ALL the people bringing "God" into this debate. Physician Assisted Suicide is a medical topic... not a topic of religion.



By having PAS illegal, the US is violating amendments 1 and 14. Amendment one allows freedom of religion, so you can't force your beliefs onto someone. Amendment 14 allows you to think for yourself as a US citizen. By not allowing PAS to be an option, your surpressing the patient's rights.



STRONG Christian who believes in equal rights.

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over 3 years ago

I think it's pitiful that in this society, we wouldn't leave an animal to suffer in pain when they have no chance of recovery but in general we think that it's okay to leave a human being in that kind of pain. Seems some have more compassion about the animals than humans.

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about 7 years ago

taylor... if you are saying that death should be left in god's hands then shouldn't life be left in his hands to?! Its okay for a doctor to save you.. but if you are a vegetable for the rest of your life and that's not how you would want to live than why shouldn't it be legal to do.... its not your life.. ya know? Why should it bother you?

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over 6 years ago

If you are sick and theres nothing you can do then what can ya do? Look at it this way, 1) You can live your whole life on life support or 2) You can help them end their suffering by euthanizing them.



So overall my answer is that Euthanasia should be legal. :)

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over 3 years ago

i find this stupid that people think they are "Good people" for thinking assisted suicide is wrong, Well People if you read the bible it sais GOD Gave us free will and You people that say assisted suicide is wrong, well isnt it wrong to take someones free will away? if they want to die they should be able to make their own decisions. Hey i dont like seeing people die but its Their Choice, if the dollar bill and coins say "in god we trust" shouldnt we trust his free will? Stop trying to control what people can and cant do Assisted suicide isnt Murder Its Ending someones misery and pain rather you want to think it or not. And To Angie PLEASE Look up the definition of murder Its not simply "To take anothers life" Your ignorant and say that without even looking up the real definition The definition In almost Every murder definition ive seen is "The Unlawful murder or killing of a person" Its not just "Taking someones life" And FYI im 15 and even i look up things before i speak.

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over 3 years ago

I am also a Chritian and proud of my faith. Having said that, I don't understand why Euthanasia would be okay for anyone. It is murder. Murder is defined as taking another persons life. Euthanizing someone is taking their life. Also, my mom was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and we were told to sign hospice papers and to let her go. We did not sign those papers and she lived for three years after that. Sometimes when we are in pain we don't so a light at the end of the tunnel, all we see is darkness. Those of us that are Christian know that GOD gave us this life and it is not ours to take or to let someone else take. I pray that everyone who reads this is encouraged to fight and not give up. GOD bless you all!

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over 3 years ago

Man all you people have to calm down all we are talking about here is death how is it against your religion to die? whats the point of living if you belive it will be a sin to die? lets say you were in a positions were u could either live with pain or have all of it lifted from your shoulders with death im only 16 and i even understand that it should be legaly all of you are just ignorant.

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over 3 years ago

to Christina

i am a 19 year old person but i need to ask you some think in response to your question "how do u know god exists?" mine is How do you a non believer i guess from the way you wrote your comment is how do you know He dose not exists you say that the bible was wrote long ago so i ask you how do u know that is was not wrote by the human hand lead by God. and i can tell you that he does exists in that he changes things he has and he has showen up in many peoples lives a good way for you to find out is to go and get off the computer after reading this and sit down in a quite place and ask him to show him self and if he does not keep asking for it says ask and you shall recive

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over 6 years ago

Listen people, first of all learn how to spell. Second, if you were in great pain and would be for life, wouldnt you want to be relieved of that pain. People should have the choice. People should have the abilty to be relived. And for thoese God people maybe God is using the doctors to take their life(sorry for the crude wording) maybe it is their time and the sin is to keep them here!!!

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over 3 years ago

ok to those that say that murder is wrong and are basing it all on the bible god told the people to go into the land and wipe out everyone and everythig this is a very big deal of murder and im not saying murder is right but what about war, is it not murder, so whats the difference in anyone who wants to die here and them beeing killed in war

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over 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

I just want to say, in response to those who are saying that we are silly to believe in "a lie" (to them, God), that that is such an ignorant comment to make. Obviously, we can all believe whatever we want, but those certain people who laugh at the notion of believing in God, you are the ignorant ones- ignorant on what it means to be religious. The point of believing in God is quite the fact that you do not know for sure if He exists ..thats the point! To have faith! Catholics specifically belive that if you believe in God and accept Him in your life, you wil have eternal life. Think about it: If we had proof that God was real, we wouldn't need faith, and God would not be able to see how much we love Him. We would just assume he's there to take care of us. We are not supposed to know everything in this life; we are nothing to the earth, but God will give us eternal life if we ACCEPT Him in our lives before we die.God makes Himself known to us indirectly, but we have to have an open heart and be willing to see these signs. I just wanted to clear that up for all the people mocking belief in God. In terms of assisted suicide, as a Catholic, everthing tells me "Thou Shalt not Kill": and therefore all forms of ending a life are wrong, including euthanasia. However, I can see the other side of the argument, and I do respect it.

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over 3 years ago

To Christina.

Christina I believe that Annie's faith is what moves her. And Faith is something you cant question.

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over 3 years ago

Its should be your individual right plain and simple... with the right safe guards which im sure they would make so people cant just go and kill themselves. be realistic people there going to make sure its the right thing to do. it shouldnt be illegal just because its based on peoples believes because they think its wrong. If you were crippled from the neck down woudlnt you at the least want that choice??? if your believes keep you from making that choice then good for you.

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over 3 years ago

I am against Euthanasia. I believe it is murder, and one of the ten commandments is "Do not murder".. everyone can gain help somehow. It is not our choice when we want to die. God has a plan for us. Doctors do not have the choice to chose what our plan is.

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over 6 years ago

I have to agree with Josie, I am a Christian myself, but God gave us free will did he not?! No one that is saying that it would be illegal is suffering through cancer and looking death in the eye and having to deal with unbearable pain now are they. Who do people think they are to be telling other people whether they have the right to live or die?! I would like to know where in the constitution is says someone can not commit suicide. and as far as kool-aid's comment goes that is awesome that you would want to live your life to the fullest. But guess what is even more awesome... that you have the right to do it and that is you choice! don't try to control anyone elses but your own. No one would stop you how you wanted to live your last 6 months, so don't stop someone else from doing what they want to, and the thing is not everyone believes in the same thigs so if they are not Christian then what difference does it make that they wanted to end their life earlier then "what God intended it to be"?

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over 6 years ago

if ur against assisted suicide ur a MEAN & MERCILESS HEARTLESS PERSON CUZ U WONT LST PPL END THEIR SUFFERING!

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over 6 years ago

i personally think that u hav a rite 2 die if u really want 2, evn if that means suicide. but hey, dont listen 2 me. im only emo.



ps:LEARN 2 SPELL U IDIOTS!!!!!

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over 3 years ago

Everyone has opinions, but I'm sorry euthanasia is WRONG. God CLEARLY said "thou shall NOT kill." For all of you who do not believe in Him, you might want to think twice. He created everyone. All human life is precious and we should NEVER take it away. Sorry for all those suffering but when you or someone you love passes away God will be waiting for them in Heaven. At that point, all we can do is remember them and love them.

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over 3 years ago

All of you God lovers need to stop forcing your beliefs onto everyone else. If you are suffering from an terminal illness and want to remain suffering, all power to ya! But for those who want it to end, let them make that decision.

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over 3 years ago

Using correct grammar is the first rule of thumb in arguing a point you hope will be taken seriously.

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over 3 years ago

look at it this way for those of you on the religion side... Those people are supposed to be dead because god wanted them to be dead right? but we are keeping them alive by machines... i dont get how your saying were killing them when there already supposed to be dead...just another way to look at it...also i dont see how god has a plan for you to just sit around as a vegetable the rest of your life???not saying all of those people that are handicaped dont try and do things with the community or other things good for them, but im sure a lot of people in that situation would want the option to be assisted on having a pieceful way to pass instead of being a vegetable or being in so much pain for the rest of there lifes. i dont see how some of you can speak for them either, it should be an option and there right to be able to be assisted in there death.its your opinion for the religion side not everyone believes in your religions. Why should someone be denied to relieve there pain and sufferingjust because someone believes its wrong thats just stupid. thats why it should be someones right. for those of you that think it is murder, if someone is in so much pain and they know there close to the end, again why should you deny them a relieve from the pain when it is enefitable that they will die?

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about 5 years ago

Okay, I'm watching my father die from metastatic prostate cancer - that means it is terminal; no "miracle" cure waiting around the corner - it has spread into every part of his skeletal sytem - metastatic = bone cancer. This is the slowest way for someone to wait for death and, his death is gauranteed. He weighs less than 90 pounds, his bones break at random, he can't stand up, he's riddled with bedsores, can't muster up enough energy to take a dump and is so doped up with "palliative" care that he is not the man I knew as my father. He initially came to terms with his death when he was given a 3 month death sentence. That has come and gone...he is no longer at peace; he is a shell of a human being. That was 9 long, agonizing months ago; I'm not talking about agonizing for me - for him. He just waits and doesn't want to fall asleep because he fears the mornings - he's afraid to wake up. He's hallucinating and is in and out of touch with reality - he's pretty much blind (the skull is a bone - the cancer is there affecting his brain function) and can't hear. His life is worth more than this...he suffers daily, emotionally and physically. He does not want to live like this - he should have that choice; he should've had that choice long ago. I mourned the passing of my father, yet he is still "alive" - he needs to go where he can find peace. It sure as hell isn't where he is right now. Palliative care is nothing shy of creating a legal drug addict - leaving him addle minded and feeble. He was a strong man, a great father and loving wife. That is how he needs to be remembered - not the withered, beaten man with breaking bones, someone changing his diaper...I'm all for Death With Dignity!! I wish he lived in Oregon or Washington. Read the actual laws - they are laid out to cover so many of your unfounded fears. Who decides how a man's life should end? Why not the man who is on his way to death; no turning around for him. JonaVee - you are not a compassionate doctor. I will not listen to you. For you God fearing people - whatever works for you; but don't come knocking on my door.

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over 6 years ago

Look people, Lofe is like blancing on the barrel of a gun, no matter how long you can stand there, the gun will eventually shoot. So what.

Life ends every minute or so someone dies. Harden Up n get ova it. If they kill themselfs (Though I don't condone it), ER HELLO THEIR CHOICE!!!!

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almost 7 years ago

I believe that there is nothing wrong with assisted suicide if the patient has given up all hope and plans to end thier life one way or another. physican assisted suicide is a quick painless and sanitary way of ending a life. I for one would rather see one of my loved ones die by the hand of a doctor than jump off a bridge. If you are sick and you plan to die you can allert those around you so that you and your loved ones have closure, as opposed to a sudden unexpected violent death.

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almost 7 years ago

Maybe of the words assisted suicide and mercy killing were not the terms used, maybe euthanasia could be looked at differently. If is the patients choice how about when they are diagonised and the outcome is certain each patient should immediately do a living will and the will should be able to stand in any court without dispute from emotional realtives.

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over 3 years ago

I definately agree. Psalm 150.

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over 3 years ago

For Thomas Hughes

"Doctors do not have the choice to cho[o]se what our plan is." Well neither do you. If someone wants to die, let them do it if they are suffering. And to the rest of you christ lovers, stop pushing your beliefs onto other people! Just because you think it's right, doesn't mean it is. And to Annie, don't be so naive. Would you like your last memories of a loved one to be that of them in pain and misery, or them in no pain and most likely happier cuz of lack of pain? Think about it, if you had a choice to either kill a loved one or let them live through inexplicable pain, which would you choose? To suffer is not a way to live.

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over 3 years ago

This is for annie. How do you know that god really exists? How do you know he made people? How do you know that who wrote the bible is really telling the truth and that is really how he saw it? What proof do you have that he exists? The dead cant tell you if he does cause they are dead. What you believe is hear-say and is not proven

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over 3 years ago

lalalalalalala sensitive topic dude.

truth is idc.

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over 6 years ago

i think euthanasia should b legal 100% of the time...ok, 95%...ok, 50! my point is, euthanasia should b legal cuz its very merciful &, 2 quote pheonixes r awsome, which should b 'phoenixes r awesome', euthanasia is lyk mercy in a shot

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over 6 years ago

i believe that if someone wants to relieve themselves of great pain, the pain is known and proven due to medical findings, then he should be aloud assisted suicide.

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over 6 years ago

Two words: Personal Choice. Let people die the way they want, geesh.

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almost 7 years ago

I believe that people who are determined to have a terminal illness should have the choice to end their suffering. As long as they have had the terminal illness for more than 6 months, and are competent. If someone really wants to end their life, they are going to do it no matter what laws say. I would change the law to where the doctor administers the drug instead of the patient. That way the patient cannot be judged by "god" for ending their own life. Technically the doctor ended it. Oh, and off the topic...people really need to learn how to spell. Americans need to not be so damned stupid.

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almost 7 years ago

i think that assisted suicide is totally ohkay. if your extremely loved one is a vegetable and is termaly ill,

whyy would you want to live?

so i think the person married to them, or there parents should be ablke to make the choice of putting them outta their pain. and i dont think the doctors should get to chose!

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almost 7 years ago

i think that it should be legal to assist a person commit suicide, i mean firstly, if they are the one who chooses to have it done, they should be allowed that right, just like how anyone that does not have a disabilityh can end there lives as they should be allowed to as well. also, the person is sufferering enough to want death... i cant even imagine pain that great, so they should be allowed to pass with dignity and leave there family in the faith that they are out of that pain.

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about 7 years ago

people should die they way they are ment to by gods choice. doctors have no right to decide for someone sick let alone the sick person not being allowed to think for themselves. when your sick you dont think positively so theyre gunna think"kill me now" its degrading and wrong why would you want to live knowing you helped somone kill themselves. mircales can happen.

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about 7 years ago

I think people should be allowed assited suicide. Its their life and they should be able to chose what it is they want to do with it. People who suffer dont want to suffer any longer so they put an end to their lives.

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over 3 years ago

i'am against euthanasia..
god has a reason for everything..
ex:you have an incurable disease..
GOD knows that you are suffering and no chances of tomorrow..but he still allow you to live not to prolong your suffering but to give you time to repent..

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over 3 years ago

god is a safety blanket religion is an outlet for fear and run on ignorance. no one knows who wrote your book theres no author and since it was translated over and over through the millenia whose to say it was never altered and for your ten commandments if your faith was so strong and god so real and full of compassion and love why sould we suffer in the first place. take your right wing opinions right out the door we dont care about your opinion that you claim your god says is right or true you have never and will never speak to him nor walk in his fanciful kingdom.

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over 3 years ago

Well think about it it is inhumainfor us to let some on be in extreme pain and way unfair to say they cant die if they are going to die anyways like if your driving past a deer and is ding its still alive but its in pain would you let it live in pain for only a few hours or put it out of its misery but saying that people dont have a right to die when they are ill and in pain is showing in my opinion that dogs are better then use that we dont even get the right of animals its just sick that you guys would just let people be in pain.....

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about 4 years ago

Honestly I dont have an opinion on the matter, but I'd just like to say, I've read this article to help me gather information for my project in high school. And I would just say I fully agree with Laura " Why should society decide whether a person has to suffer because of their own emotions and traditions on the matter?"



WELL SAID.

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about 5 years ago

i agree with the emt man. they need a much stronger argument than that. besides, what about the other religions. not everyone believes in god.

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over 5 years ago

This has to be one of the biggest Issues in the world today. It does indeed go with abortion. It is slightly easier to take a utilitarian perspective on euthanasia. In my mother's final days, it would have been a cruelty to prolong her life. However, this example is not euthanasia only a demonstration of the pressures that could be on an individual with no hope and much pain. I'm also cognizant of the fact that many doctors take a consciously humanitarian approach to people in hopeless situations. Notwithstanding the above I cannot in conscience support euthanasia. As a society I don't believe we're capable of systemizing such a practice. I don't think any society would be capable of doing this. The reason for this is that it is simply wrong. The wrongness of the practice is reflected in the fact that it is not generalizable. At the end of the day we are souls on a journey and even in 2009 some things must remain sacred.

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over 6 years ago

I also think it should be legal =]

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over 6 years ago

I think it should be legal

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over 6 years ago

Martin Luther King said, "No one is truly free to live until one is free to die." I am for euthanasia. Life should be a matter of choice.

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over 6 years ago

well, I agree on euthanasia/assisted suicide. Isn't it the patients choice to live or die?

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over 6 years ago

I am 14 years old and doing a project on Mercy Killing, or Euthanisa. i think that it should be allowed in the united states can someone help me with reasons why? Aim: xxotiamooox facebook: Josie Hartnett; message :P

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over 6 years ago

it is wrong to do euthanasia people.

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over 6 years ago

You disust m3, do not do 3uthansia its violnt and m3an

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over 6 years ago

enough with god..we cant prove there is a god but we can prove that these people are in pain and are going to die inevitably. it could be a new family gathering,, we all watched you come into the world, now we'll watch you leave.. people need to lighten up about death. yeah it's sad but get over it

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over 6 years ago

If you are sufering you should be able to die, just like your animals if they are sufering they get a needle so that they dont sufer anymore so human beings should be the same. noone should have to sufer. And the "bla" person its not that if you die people are not going to care, they obviously will but its better then sufering.

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over 6 years ago

1:u ppl need 2 learn 2 spell



2:suicide iz kk



3:if u can legally take it then its cruel not2



4:um...^_^

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over 6 years ago

screw god being the only 1 that can take lives! if u wanna die then DIE! no1's gonna stop u! not if they really care!

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almost 7 years ago

Why would you want to help and kill someone think about it.I certainly understands the person who is under distressful pain but let them go to god the natural way of dying not by assisted suicide.

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about 7 years ago

I dont believe in assisted suicide because it's disobediant to God. God said that he wouldn't put more pain on us than we can bare. This goes for all his followers. If people are suffering It's becuse they don't follow God. My brother just got shot and livede for about 2 hours before going to the hospital. he didnt feel any pain.

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over 3 years ago

You all are gay! :)

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over 3 years ago

poop

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over 3 years ago

i agree with everyone that says it is right. There are people out there who want to die because of skin cancer and other dieases at which they lose their jaw fingers eyes and etc. They beg to die because their is no escape from it if you had to watch your dad rot away while still alive i cant imagine many people would wish that for him. And the christans that say that it is not our lives to take your chruch did much of that already. They used to kill people just because they beilived in science, they killed anyone who did not beilive in god. So what makes the pope able to decide if groups of people can die but we cant even decide our own fates.

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over 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

Ok people....who should deside who lives and who dies? Euthanasia is murder and u all know it..they may choose to kill hem selves but they have a fightin chance to live

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over 3 years ago

Personally I think that it is up to the person and or their family. I know if it were me I would rather die a quick death than suffer for weeks maybe even months or years. This is MY personal oppion and I think that it's what's right.

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almost 4 years ago

I have never experienced such suffering, but I would respect the person who faced their fate with dignity, instead of ducking out when life get's tough -> No matter what, life has value! If you are functioning mentally, even with dementia, what right does anyone have to say that life is worthless?

If you are disabled from the waist down, you can still live a fufilling life.

Pain can be controlled or at least radically reduced!

Most of the arguments supporting seem to actually relive the family stress, not the patient, also, is it 'right' to force the doctor to unwillingly murder the person they have cared for, the implications are horrible! Who would want to go to the doctor knowing he could kill you?

To suffer is to live, it is a part of life, although there are exeptions it is a very tedious subject, which in my opinion should be discouraged as much as possible.

I am christian, and a fighter, I would rather face death with dignity as I belive it should be.

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over 5 years ago

leaving god out of this... Who are we to kill someone.. as a medical student, i could never kill someone. Doctors practice medicine to save LIVES, not to end them. We take an oath to not hurt others. If a person wants to die, you are all right, they have the right to do that. so they can go take a bottle of pills, or whatever. It is not the responsibility of a physican to help kill someone. If the family really wants them to die then they can do, they can find a way. There are way too many risks and problems with legalizing euthinasia. Despite morallity, legality is the law and not just opinion. It won't be legalized because as a nation we would have to change the constitution. Anyways, there is no right or wrong to this answer or debate. A law is in place, it is what it is. Its not going to change anytime soon..

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over 3 years ago

Annie if you were the one suffering you might change your mind. it is not your decision on whether some one should live or die. why should you get to decide that someone has to live that. IF you believe in God then you also read the part in the Bible that talks about Free Will.

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over 6 years ago

I like ttly disagree with like this like thingy. it should like b like unlegalized. like i so wanna go shopping now.

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over 3 years ago

Everyone should have the right to decide whether they want to live or die especially those in great pain. Some people out there dont have the capability to do it themselves because their lives have deteriated so much and need a helping hand. There is nothing wrong with it.

As for you god believer's if he is so great then why is there so much horrible stuff happening in the world that he or she could prevent! 1 reason there is no god!!!!! I don't even understand why religion has to be brought into this. This is a matter of free will not religion.

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over 3 years ago

yadda yadda yadda

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over 4 years ago

For those who are bringing GOD into the picture your argument is weak. GOD is an abstract symbol to religion.Furthermore, if someone is terminally ill or is in intractable pain they are suffering everyday. Why should society decide whether a person has to suffer because of their own emotions and traditions on the matter? Decisions of assistant suicide should be made by that person. Think rationally people if their was little chance of survival in a TERMINALLY ILL OR INTRACTABLE condition why on earth would you want to live through it? Perhaps, those who disagree should do more research on this topic.

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over 4 years ago

Well, god isnt on earth to save us and sometimes when people are in to much pain that they cant handle they WANT to die. So why dont we just give them the benifiet of the doubt.

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over 4 years ago

ya why does everyone keep bringing god into this?

how do u know he exists? u dont! so dopnt bring him into it k? and im sure if u knew someone suffereing u would believe in assisted suicide they are no longer living pretty much they are brain dead sometiems y let them suffer

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almost 7 years ago

i think that assistand suicide is not rong if peaple are in pain they derserve to be able to make the choice to die and i think how every 1 is saying that it is gods choice the thing is god does not exist and basing your belives on a lie is even more rong

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about 7 years ago

i dont believe in assisted suicide is degrading and wrong-

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over 3 years ago

these comments are some of the dumbest things ive ever read u are all idiots and im sad they allow u idiots to continue to reproduce. there is nothing wrong with dying. for the terminally ill person who commented on here im sorry about ur condition and hope u get ur wish soon but in the mean time please dont get online and whine to the world. ur not the only one hun

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over 3 years ago

Hey Jack..Your gay. . first off. Dont back talk Annie and make fun of her. she is a nice lady so stop being a butthead. i dont think its very funny. hey annie...do u want to come over later? just sayin. love you sweetie

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over 3 years ago

IT IS NOT OK TO DO THIS!!!!! it is wrong in so many ways. its unethical

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over 3 years ago

Ok, first of all, I do not think that this debate should have God put into to it. PAS would put a huge imposition on doctors. The government would basically be saying that the doctors do not have any rights and that they have to decide whether the patient lives or dies. The rule for doctors is to do no harm. They would have to go home and have this weighing on their conscience that they just killed someone. Would you really want that on your mind all the time?

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over 3 years ago

fo all those non believers in God.....wow. if u hate talking about him so much get a fricken life n stop critizing. im 14 and smarter then half of yous.

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over 3 years ago

i realy liked it it was a good arument

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over 3 years ago

i believe that people who dont want a family member with cancer and is gonna die eventually to die are selfish i mean sure they dont want them to die but the choice is the sick family members to make not the families

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over 3 years ago

I think it is wrong to end someone's life no matter what. They could be in extereme pain and that would suck. I understand you feel bad, but that gives you no reason to end someone's life. They only get one and it is definitely not your choose. People in Haiti only get one meal every two days not to mention most of them are sick and in pain like you and they don't give up!

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over 3 years ago

Hey America is a democracy right? lets take a vote-look at how many comments are for PAS and all against it.Obviously the majority is for it.

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over 3 years ago

I was going to use this article as a source for a paper that I am writing pertaining to the subject, but after reading the some of the comment on the bottom of the page I decided to look somewhere else.

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over 3 years ago

why does religion have to be brought into everything? ugh. every single time there is a debate going on, all i hear about is what god thinks is right and blah blah blah. but no one ever says how they truly feel. come on people, step outside that box of religion you have been raised in your whole life and look at things differently for once. euthanasia is a good thing if done for the right reasons, in my opinion. if someone is suffering and all they want is fr it to end, then its their life, so let them freaking end it.

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over 3 years ago

If God does exist, then He gave the patient the disease, they were meant to die from it, so why not let the person die of what was meant to kill them, and if their quality of life is so low that it would better for them to die, then why not let them a die in a dream?

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over 3 years ago

I am 17 and also Believe in God. I am doing a debate for my grade 12 English class, but I don't want to bring aspects of God into the debate because my classmates would be un reasonable and point out that God does not exist and I would rather not have it become an argument and not a civilized debate about assited suicide. Keep in mind my debate is only one on one, but when we are finsihed we will be discussing the finer points to the entire class to decide if it should be legalized or not. My whole point is I need an unbiased points that don't talk about God, about Assisted suicide.



Some of my points are that it is unmorale and some of these people getting "assisted" are not able to argue that they don't want this to happen. Be it there are in a coma or not able to speak for themselves.

You could consider this "Mercy Killing" but is it really merciful to take away someones life without there consent.





I will continue my arguement if I get a response.

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about 4 years ago

Angus, in your words a dignified death is the constant suffering and deterioration of ones physical health. People who choose to be Euthanized are often people who have no other option, and would rather not see themselves deteriorate to a point where they have no dignity left. My opinion I would rather choose when I die then wait for a terminal, crippling disease etc. to slowly take ahold of my body and render me unable to do anything except suffer. The dignified part of a Euthanized person is that in their final moments they will know that thy chose the way their life ended instead of waiting for death to come.

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over 4 years ago

i am totally against euthansia. i dont even know how you can relate a human to a dog or cat and our lives being the same price. i am a believer in God and believe no one has the right to take anothers life. Doctors vow to save lives not take them people we all know this. and i understand what it is like to have a terminally ill family member my uncle had pancreatic cancer that spread throughout his body. isnt taking a life the same as murdering someone? no matter if the person wants you to or not it is still murder. when going through this time you want your loved one to have peace but if you let them go through this experience its like your killing them. could you live with this. I know i couldnt and legalizing this would sprad to depressed people and they could go and have their life taken and it couldnt be stop. and for those who put down looking to God email me sometime i would love to talk with you and try to answer the question you have.

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about 5 years ago

I personally think that euthanasia is an awful thing. I think that the main fear that will come with the legalization of euthanasia, is that it will pass from the right to die, to the right to kill. Who decides who lives and dies? That kind of decision should not be given to people. People shouldn't have to resort to killing themselves. more than 9/10ths of the time, there is no good medical reason for euthanasia, and the patient is uasually just suffering from CURABLE depression. These are just my thoughts and you should listen. I'm a doctor :)

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about 5 years ago

Okay, first off, most of you guys need to check your info about this. I am against euthanasia and i dont understand why other people arent either. Active euthanasia is the act of killing someone with lethal drugs, passive euthanasia is when you simply cut off supplies which will kill someone in a vegetative state (starve to death) this is already allowed in most states so active euthanasia is the controversy topic going around now so essentially by allowing it, you are allowing doctors the option to kill someone. This has happened in the Netherlands and even in Oregon (the only state that has legalized euthanasia). There has been many reports that most patients who died from euthanasia have not explicitly requested it from their doctors. So while some people say its a choice, in most cases it just gives doctors a ton of power in deciding whether he should go the cheap an inexpensive way out or the costly health way out. Another thing for euthanasia is the "excruciating pain", let me say this now, virtually all pain can be removed or lessen by modern day science. If your doctor can not remove/lessen to the point where its not "excruciating" your pain then find a new one. Plus studies show that the majority of people who have asked for euthanasia are not in "excruciating pain". In Oregon, the death with dignity act works with anyone that is terminally ill. A person over the age of 60 can apply for a license to become terminally ill and doctors will not even look at it. Plus now terminally ill includes mentally disordered groups. Most of these people end up suicidal... These are all facts, look them up it really isnt hard to find. Basically as of right now, allowing active euthanasia (which is killing someone with lethal drugs, not taking away instruments that will allow someone to live rather actually cold blood killing someone) seems wrong.

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over 5 years ago

This topic has to be seen from different perspectives. It is definite that there is no right or wrong answer and that everyone can form his or her own opinion about it. However I think that euthanasia has to take place when a human suffers from an incureable illness. Euthanasia may not be ethical and follow religious thoughts, but euthansia is good for the society, which pays for the medicine, and the victim, which then is free. Nevertheless life or death of a person can not be decided by a single individual and therefore a whole commision has to decide. This can be argued out for ages, but this is the fundement of my opinion.

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over 5 years ago

I think assisted suicide is good because i would hate for people to have to suffer at the very end of their life, and i'm sure the people who love them would agree. But I'm not sure because it's up to God when each person's life ends. Murder is a sin, and suicide is only murdering yourself. So i don't know...

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over 5 years ago

i agree with euthanasia. this can lessen the patient's pain. if the prognosis is bad and treatment is of no help , why don't we let them die in dignity and peacefully. this can also save the cost of medical treatment.



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over 5 years ago

How is it up to us to play god.life is to preshious to take for granted.the liberty of taking the life of another is wrong in so many was



Its not alright to kill a man in cold blood but its ok to take someones life when there is case after case stating that people have come out of being a vegtible. i a hundred persent im not religious but one of the ten comandments is man nor woman shall kill under eny reason



im totaly against it

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almost 6 years ago

Prove to me that this "God" exists and i'll side with the religious views otherwise i say that he remains silent so we have our choices and if "God" really does want us to continue to suffer s/he wouldn't allow us to die, s/he'd simply give us more pain and watch us squirm, oh wait he does that to most people already so go figure and by the way LEARN TO SPELL YOU MORONS

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over 6 years ago

I Do not believe in legalizing euthanasia... the world needs to quit thinking everything is all right to do as long as your happy.. God gave us a free will to accept him not just do anything we want and have nobody to answer to for it.. we have no morals left in us anymore nothing like back in history and yes God does not want us to suffer.. but ya know what?? it was us humans that brought it on ourselves it's called Adam and Eve their lives were perfect until they took of the fruit and then death and sin was passed onto all generations. Christ suffered too on the cross...so don't think he doesn't understand suffering and he did it FOR US!! when all we do is depise and reject him.. what love he has for us and of course all we do is hate. Thou shalt not kill is one of the commandments... YOu do not know why people suffer our finite minds will never comprehend everything in life but there must be a reason.. maybe to learn something from it or help someone or maybe its to soften peoples hearts to draw them to Christ. All i know is suffering is worth it if you have faith and believe in Christ b/c he says he has built a mansion where theres is no tears or suffering anymore so i think in the end it will be worth it that is if you accept him as your saviour and believe he came and died for you on the cross he bore the pain for you thats compassion!

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over 6 years ago

I believe that Euthanasia is wrong Allah would never accept it. I declare a Jihad against all people that oppose my religious views. I cant belive anyone would believe otherwise. Marie watch out and you to daryan. This holy war has just started

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over 6 years ago

some people have been in comas for years...then woke up,just fine...if they would have gotten a shot and been killed, they wouldn't have had a chance to live the rest of their lives.

I mean, come on people!!! miracles do happen.

euthanasia shouldn't be legal because then alot of miracles would not happen...and alot of people would not be alive right now...listen to your heart...would you kill someone if they asked you to???

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over 6 years ago

these people cant spell. go to school and learn that people dying is a fact of nature. god has no involvemnt in death. he just opens up a big gate.doctor assisted suicide should be allowed if it is requested by the family or person. the end

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over 6 years ago

OMG cmon ther is no reason y assissted suicide shouldnt be legal. People have the right to make ther own choices. If you are terminnaly ill you should get to choose. My uncle was paraliyzed through his whole body and they wouldnt let him commit suicide so he live in a bed in a hostpital doing nothing for 3 more years till he finnaly died. And comon, dont give me this GOD stuff.

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over 6 years ago

As a nurse I have come to realize that there are many fates worse then death. Pain and suffering not only hurts the patient but their families also. Assisted suicide would be a welcome relief to many, patient and family alike. No one wants to watch a loved ones life slowly sapped away. Assisted suicide should be legal. It's done by doctors all the time they just don't call it that.

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over 6 years ago

i beleive they should kill there selves

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almost 7 years ago

you never know if that person will wake up.dont you want them to have as much of a chance as they can??MURDER IS MURDER.&& only God has the right to take a life.

THE END.

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about 7 years ago

IF it is ok to kill someone upon request that it should be ok to kill your friend in science class when she moans once again" another movie, o kill me now."

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over 7 years ago

Can patients who use assisted suicide still donate organs?

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over 7 years ago

I think that mercy killing should be legal because i would rather see a relative go quietly with honor then suffer in pain and leave that in my families minds for life.

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about 1 year ago

I suspect that those many people, possibly 'god fearing people' who are against euthanasia or the right for someone to decide when they have had enough, have never seen nursed anyone in terrible pain for months and months! This should be a personal choice. Like others have said, we wouldn't put our animals through what some people have to suffer. Choice, everyone should have the right to choose!

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about 2 years ago

This has nothing to do with the God that you all seem to worship so much. Many people nowadays are not religous so much of everything you say will not come to understanding. If it is God`s choice to end our lives, why doesn`t he when so many want to get it over with? No one wants to go through the pain of having a disease (that even with treatment) that will kill them. if they want to be put out of they`re misery, why does everyone else fight against the fact that they want it. People die and are killed possibly everyday. We can`t stop euthanasia when it goes on when we don`t know it is.

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over 2 years ago

This should be legal. I work in a hospital and I see how it affects the patient and their family. I see both sides.I hate to see any one suffer patient or family. Do people stop and think that we treat our pets better than we do our family members? If our dog is on death's door we put them down right? So why should it be ANY different for our terminally ill family? Some thing to think about!

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almost 3 years ago

Lawence, I hate to say but I hope you are not reading this and that you and your family has found the peace you deserve.

I had the honor of being with my mom when she finally passed. I have images that I will never forget and no regrets. However I so believe it is everyones right. I don't think you are weak if you want to leave I think you are unselfish to love your family so much that you are willing to finally leave them. I do not belive in god so I won't lie and say I will pray for you and your family but my thoughts and love is with you all.

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almost 3 years ago

I believe in God and so does my father. We also believe in Death with Dignity. My dad was given a death sentence about 5 years ago when he began suffering heart attacks and his heart muscle began to fail. He willed himself to live to take care of my mother who had had a stroke several years prior - and I believe he did so with God's help. She desparately needed him, even though she had children and grandchildren to help take care of her. They had been together at least 65 years by then.
My mother died this July and we all had to watch her die slowly - the last hours in a drug induced coma, gasping for air. For months she had begged to die, but because she was not mentally competent to ask for Death with Dignity, she suffered in great pain and agony until the end.
My dad was with her everyday - even though it was only an hour a day - because by now he was living on only 4% of his heart muscle, taking digitalis constantly to ward off heart attacks, on round the clock oxygen, not able to get up and down by himself, unable to make it to the bathroom in time, and taking morphine for the pain. He has had Hospice, daily care, family care. HE ALONE, WITH A SHARP MIND, MADE THE DECISION TO GO WITH DIGNITY. No one influenced him - not family, not doctors. Although we were very concerned he would fall and hit his head on something, lie bleeding all alone during the few times he was not with someone, suffering immensely until most likely family found him dead on the floor, we did not express these concerns to him while he was making his decision.
He has now been given only a week or so to live, he is filling with fluid because his heart cannot pump it out and his death will be excruciating. He has suffered so much already for so long, I strongly believe in my heart and soul that God, in His in great mercy, will forgive him for his choice to leave this world without further pain. As many of you have said - God does not give us more than we can bear. Medical science has kept him alive until age 91 - way past the time he should have gone naturally and now medical science has given him a chance to leave without further suffering. I think God will understand.

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almost 3 years ago

do not murder you people are without god pure evil

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almost 3 years ago

i think assisted suicide should be legal! its our CHOICE not YOURS.

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almost 3 years ago

I am a 15 year old girl and I am a Christian. But when it comes to assisted suicide, I am against it. I belive that it is NOT murder but an easier way to end your pain and suffering. I don't know that many people who are for it and I don't know that many people who are against it. But I would never want to see anyone end their life by assisted suicide. I feel that it is wrong and everyone does and will always have free will, but it is just sad to hear about these kinds of things that familes all over the world that had loved ones that went to assisted suicied. I love GOD and I will always trust his choices in everyone's life. GOD Bless You All.

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almost 3 years ago

God knows what we do before we do it. He knows our birthdate and our death dates before it even happens. But man has no right to contribute to the deaths of others whether its self or someone else.

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about 3 years ago

does it really matter if god is real or not? the whole idea of god is to do the right things and make the correct decisions in your life, god is to do right not to believe in. everyone has there own god in them. the belief of god does not matter,it is a way of thinking to help people live and gives people something to believe in when they have nothing, this is a disscusion about euthanasia so enough with the god talk

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about 3 years ago

This is sooooooo freaking ridiculous you stupid idiots! Stop arguing about this and listen to me. This is bad; who are any of you to play God or whatever you believe? Why would you want to help kill someone, you murderers!

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about 3 years ago

OKay, for school i am doing a persasive writing and i think if they are trully ill i can see them doing euthanasia on people, so i do agree . you may disagree but do a lot of research on it. then maybe you will agree.

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about 3 years ago

tremendous pain and suffering of patients can be saved.the right to die should be a fundamental freedom of each person.patients can die with dignity rather than have the illness reduce them to a shellof their former

selves!!!!!!!!!!!

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about 3 years ago

This topic is a serious topic and whoever brings God into the medical debate, I'm sorry, but its irrelevant. The point is, is Assisted Suicide right or wrong? In MY opinion, it is wrong. Its the same thing: If my mom was dying from a terminal illness and she was in pain and asked me to help her die then what if I shot her in the face? It would be the same thing as what people are saying is okay here. Do you believe shooting someone in the face is okay? If you do, you're seriously disturbed. But most people would say that it is wrong and that it is considered murder. Slipping medicine to kill someone in their drink or food, even with their consent, is murder. The fact is, Assisted Suicide is illegal for a reason. It is wrong and unethical and for the people who believe your life is not worth living you're selfish to your family, to your friends, to people around you, of whom all probably believe that your life is important to THEM not YOU.
Also, people say that one reason to go through with this Assisted Suicide is because they're conscious that they're putting a burden on their loved ones. Well, asking someone to help you kill yourself is burden enough for me. If it were my family member asking me to do this for them, I would be stressed out and Guilty for NOT DOING IT. Even though it is the wrong thing to do, my feelings regarding theirs is important as well. People who are dealing with pain from cancer, I'm sorry and I know this sounds terrible, but get over it. If you're in pain, just come off your chemotherapy. Live your life to the fullest and don't have terrible hospital stays bring you down. Live while you can and when the time comes, that's the right way.

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over 3 years ago

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Pros And Cons

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over 3 years ago

I agree with euthanasia because my grandpa was suffering from a lot of diseases hernia, kidney stones, diabetes and he was 96 and the doc would not give him euthanasia and he died in a sad way.

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over 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

this is for christina. the bible is the only religious book that has not changed over time. all of the other religios books have changed over time.

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over 3 years ago

Why do you even have to be considered terminally ill? I did not ask to be born. If I decide that I no longer want to do this thing called living, why can't I have the option to terminate it?

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over 3 years ago

I am a freshman in high schholdoing a paper on whether eutanasia is ok or not. right now i am seeing a lot more pros than cons, but i disagree. Euthanasia is not ok. my cousin recently jumped off a building in attempt to kill himself, and i cannot even describe the affect it had on my family. why keeep fighting when you still have a chance? euthanasia is no different than regular suicide, and it is murder. Murder is not justifyable by any means. Pain can be reduced or stopped completely. I beleive people will die when they are supposed to, and killing yourself is not the way to go.

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over 3 years ago

Hi, i am Snakebite Onda Forehead.

I would like to discuss Euthanasia.

A couple of months ago, i was very ill. But then the doctors brought in a snake and made it bite me.

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over 3 years ago

well jessie, assisted suicide doesn't believe in you

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almost 4 years ago

No offense to anyone but if you say this is wrong or that it shouldnt be legal then arent you taking away the person who wants to die choice? We can all make are own choices on our own, so why is it right to tell another that they cant make a choice? And to the people who say tht the people who want to die are selfish, well is it right to have the family members watch the slow death and the suffering of the person? Isnt it selfish to make the person die slowly??? if it were my family. i would want them to choose how to die. If they wanted to die sooner then i would respect tht cuz then they wldnt b in pain any longer

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almost 4 years ago

your body your choice nothing to do with anyone ells iff you want to end YOUR own life then its your body your the on liveing in it sometimes pain is to much who would want someone to suffer ?

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almost 4 years ago

I personally can't say I disagree with euthanasia, if the person is suffering and so chooses to end their life I suppose thay should have the right to do so. I wouldn't do it myself because of my religious preference, but I wouldn't judge anyone for choosing too.

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almost 4 years ago

I am not going to give an opinion one way or the other on this subject. But I will say that until you work as I do in a rest home you have no idea what people go through. I work in a dementia ward and see people who can only stare into the distance and swallow food placed in their mouths. They no longer know anyone or anything. But even worse are the people who are completely aware of everything but are trapped in a helpless, rotting body. It's very easy to give an opinion from a healthy body and mind; quite another to give it when holding someone's hand as they gratefully slip away

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almost 5 years ago

There are pros and cons to everything.

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about 4 years ago

come on people it is not up to you if the person wants to live or die not yours . they may be in seriouse pain or just cant keep going

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about 4 years ago

Bringing God into the picture is weak for both sides, you can look at is as You are playing God to end someone lives, but how is that different when you are determining when someone dies by hooking them up to a bunch of cords and tubes... No Difference at at all. In the Bible is says that we have free will, also that God has a plan for all of us, it is hard to wrap your head around. The plan that God has for everyone of us is the decisions we make with our free will, mistakes or not, we all learn from it...

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about 4 years ago

Laura, you stated that "Think rationally people if their was little chance of survival in a TERMINALLY ILL OR INTRACTABLE condition why on earth would you want to live through it?" Perhaps the reason to live through that pain and suffering is because of that small chance of survival. To me, and this is my opinion, people who fight against an "incurable disease" and lose while suffering in the process should be the ones labeled "dying with dignity".



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about 4 years ago

Lorenzo, Laura stated that bringing God into the picture was a weak argument which completely different from arguing God's strength. You say she's bias because she's not Christian but you're obviously bias for the reason of not being an atheist... I think you should read her comment more carefully...

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about 4 years ago

The way I see it, I don't see why it's so hard for the government to grant us this right. If we choose to hand our rights over to a doctor, then so be it: they're our rights to give away. Written into our constitution in America, we're given the RIGHT of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So if what you choose to do with your life is end it instead of prolonging your own suffering on countless pain medications and/or machines as well as the suffering of your family and loved ones, so be it. Your religion should have nothing to do with the choices you make. Our government is so against giving us another right because they're afraid of an uprising, and rightfully so. They've made a lot of mistakes and repeated a lot of them. They rob us of our money and don't even spend it on what we need it for, and at the end of our lives, when we leave behind an inheritance to our children, they tax money that has already been taxed! The least they can do is legalize Physician Assisted Suicide.

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about 4 years ago

Man, this topic is really heated. Before I had to do a debate for my class, I really didn't have any idea that there was this going on. Euthanasia. Wow, this is deep. First of all, I am Christian and believe in God :). I see that a lot of you don't, and I will try to respect your views by not putting God in every word of my sentence, but it's really ALL about Him. Who do you think gave me life? So, it comes down to the fact that He is the only one that can take it. That's why we have death. "For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God". "For the wages of sin is death". Having said that, everyone will die. But it's not a human's right to kill another human being. I think that if murdering puts you in jail, so should assisted suicide be. If we legalize it, it will get out of hand, those family members who want the inheritance will just allow euthanasia to be done on their member. There are people that think that they're a burden on their families and euthanasia would just be a perfect solution, but what would that do to their families who in truth love them? As many as 1 in 6 people who commit assisted suicide are suffering from treatable but undetectable depression. People who are pro-euthanasia call it the "end-of-life care" or "dying with dignity", but it should be presented for what it is: aiding and abetting suicide. Also, even the most optimistic, resilient people can be pushed to a point where they believe suicide is the only option. But there is always hope. Always. To add, euthanasia could undermine the integrity of the medical profession. What do the doctors do in the case of severe depression who keeps saying he wants to kill himself? Should they assist?...A doctor's duty is to save life and to prevent death, not assist in suicide...The US showed that 1/2 of the people favored assisted suicide, until they understood how effective palliative care and rehabilitation centers are. At that point, the figure dropped to just a fifth. I believe that we should be cherishing life, however worthless and painful our own lives might sometimes seem. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." :D

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about 4 years ago

I think that religion shouldnt have anything to do with weather or not it is legal or illegal. The goverment making it illegal is imposing that it is a sin for someone do die while in pain. The goverment is breaking the freedom of religon.

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about 4 years ago

It shouldn't be legal--consider the family that this person is selfishly leaving, or, better yet, perhaps this person does not truly want to die, that they were somehow forced or persuaded against their own freedom of will and argument.

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about 4 years ago

Lorenzo, choice was my point it should be the persons choice to live or suffer.It's not right that someone else should decide or legalize how that person lives because of their own emotions or religous beliefs. That is my point.

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over 4 years ago

Laura, your arguement made no sense at all. All you kept saying is that a person should have the choice to die or not...that's all it went to. Before you ask someone to research their topic a little bit more, why don't you do the same as well? You're comment is very bias, and it is obvious that you dont follow the religion of Christianity, or you're Athiest. People don't use God because they're "weak", it is a defensive arguement to use, where as for you, you're own word (in your opinion) is just as useful as the Bible. In that case, i believe my word is substantial and I believe that Euthanasia is wrong.

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over 4 years ago

The thing to keep in mind is that these patients WANT to end their lives, they sign documents and go through long procedures to be able to die, you even need a psychiatrist to check you out to make sure you're not just depressed, and if all else fails you have over two weeks to decide if you actually want to die after all is said and done, and you can always say NO to the doctor and change your mind. My father was assisted in suicide and i do not consider that doctor a murderer or that he was playing god, my father was hooked up to machines for a couple of years and was in pain and did not like living in that state. There are Plenty of alternatives, and choosing euthanasia is just one of them, it is all the patient's Decision. Secondly on a religious note... How do you know what "God" wants? Finally if a person tries to commit suicide on their own they are looked at as mentally insane, and die an undignified death, and if they screw up that person would end up in jail, and be in even more pain. You trust your doctor to give you the prescription, so why do you think they would even have the thought of going around murdering people. Please people think once in awhile.

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over 4 years ago

When Jesus was alive, we didn't have ventilators and feeding tubes.

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over 4 years ago

I am 100% against assisted death! Some reasons why i am against it are that: assisted death is pretty much murder and Murder is murder. Killing someone isn't right and helping kill someone isn't any better. 2 Wrongs don't make a right. If they want to die, they might as well commit suicide. Also doctors don't want to go around killing people, their job is to help them.
Some people can get a 14 year prison sentence. Also in Sweden people can be charged with manslaughter.
My friend and I are doing a debate on why assisted death should remain illegal. If you have any more information you would like to share please post it! We are presenting this in 2 Tuesdays and we are just trying to have one of the best speeches in our Grade 7 Class.It will help a lot.
Thanks for your time. Please post you comments ASAP!

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over 4 years ago

We are doing a debate on if it is right or wrong, we are on that it should stay illegal in Canada. We are just wondering why you are thinking that is wrong/right. If you have any ideas on why it should stay illegal please let us know! We are doing this next Tuesday so please place your comments by then! Thanks!

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over 4 years ago

It's really hard for me to decide, but I would have to say I'm against its legalization, because some people make rash decisions about dying, thinking that they have nothing else to live for, therefore resulting in the want to relieve them of their agony, which is comparable to "suicide". Others aren't exactly in their right state of mind (or sane)when they make these kinds of decisions. So, by the doctors agreeing to their request is sort of like manipulation and negligence. It's manipulative only if the doctor knows their patients' mental state, but still agrees to it; also negligence because the doctor isn't fufilling his/her's duty of saving a life and preventing death. So, these are just some reasons why I don't fully support it.

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over 4 years ago

I think that it should not happen because when Juses died on the cross he was in agony and suffering so we should be able to suffer a little for him.

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over 4 years ago

I am completely for euthanasia. I beleive euthanasia should be legalized around the world because I feel that it's the person's choice. I belevie if someone was put into this world that doesn't want to be a person than they have a right to die. It's no one else's decision to keep them alive. Live for yourself, not for others. If someone is terminally ill, in vegetable like stage or has unbearable pain and doesn't want to live that way or a family member does not want to see them live that way they should be euthanized. Its cruel to let someone live a life in pain or in vegetable like stage where they are able to do nothing but breathe on venilators or eat out of feeding machines. It's not right. Its not another person's choice to decide for another if they should live or not. They are NOT GOD!

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over 4 years ago

omgg, you shouldn't be allowed to help someone with assisted suicidee, because it's their life and they made that choices they made, so they are responsible for it. and god does exist, you people would know that if you prayed every now and againn. and in god's eyes this is wronggg.

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over 4 years ago

I believe that euthanasia is acceptable, but only under certain conditions. Assisting someone in killing themselves because they are depressed should not be allowed. They may eventually get through that tough time in their lives and end up happier. However, if someone has a terminal illness, or a devastating disability and they know that there is no cure for them, it should be their choice. For all of those bringing religion into it, I do believe in God and still think that euthanasia is an ok way to end a life. I don't think that God would want us to suffer, and if this is the way we want to end our lives, we should have that choice.

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over 4 years ago

im sorry michel for your loss. but i am with u against it but yet im not becuase some people just want to be put out of there misury and dont want to live. but others just take it becuase its seems there is no road ahead of them so they do wat they can to make it all stop sorry for everyones loss who has lost someone to this :(

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over 4 years ago

I think Euthanasia is okay. Now, for those of you who don't like the idea of helping somone end their life- that's okay, don't help them. Simple solution.



My point is, Euthanasia should be allowed because if you have this raging pain inside you from an ingury or it's just because you're really upset with life- sure, die.



You'll die at someitme in life, right?

I think the people that go through with this might do it because they want control over something.

And that "something" just happens to be when and how they die.



Just a thought.

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over 4 years ago

i think its wrong and write at the same time. some people just want die becuase they are not happy and are depressed. and that reason makes me feel like its wrong, but if someone is dying ans in alot of pain anyways, then why put them through that becuase its just crewl, but other times, people feel its right but its not but the only thing they have to turn to. dont hate me if you feel diffrently. thats just how i feel, im sure other people have diffrent feelings

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over 4 years ago

I believe that Euthanasia should be legalized. Becausae if someone is suffering from sickness && there is no help whyy would you put someone through that.? It makes no since. If I were in a positions where I was about to die && I had no ope I would rather die. && the "Me" person I agree with you if someone was burning to death I wouldn't put them through that I would just shoot them so they wouldn't have to suffer. && yes God is a forgiver && believes in everyones opinion.

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over 4 years ago

Look, here are some question for the ones against euthanasia because they are catholic. Would you think that it would be right to let a person burn to death while you have a gun in your hands? Wouldnt god forgive you if you explain why you did it? Doesnt the church says that god forgives everything?

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over 4 years ago

I really don't understand the slippery slope argument. Like almost all "ss" arguments it plays to unwarranted and speculative fears and is irrelevant. There has been absolutely no evidence this has occurred where right to die laws have been enacted. All I want is the right to die with dignity when my time comes - my life - my decision. Any religious argument that includes a biblical god is irrelevant as I am non religious and have my own beliefs on spirituality. And I resent having someone telling me what decisions I can and can't make because of their religious beliefs. Has anyone been to the respiratory ward of a hospital lately? Many of these unfortunate souls are not living - at best they are barely existing. They should at least be given the choice of assisted euthanasia - not only for themselves, but for their families. How many families lose their life's savings paying enormous medical expenses to extend another's suffering when it may not even be that person's choice?? I was a firefighter/emt for over 30 years and one of the most disturbing incidents of my career occurred when I was required, by law to perform cpr on a nearly 100 year old man who had been bedridden for more than a year. He was a skeleton with skin and when I would perform chest compressions I could hear & feel his ribs crack and break. Even if he had survived it not only would have prolonged his agony, it would have made it worse. That, by any measure cannot be right. One last thing...ask yourself "who benefits by NOT having the right to choose?" Follow the money. And who is hurt by NOT having the right to choose? Follow the money. I'm sorry for being so long winded, but I have a friend who is being prosecuted for holding the hand of a friend who had decided to end her life but did not want to die alone. It was a supreme act of kindness rewarded by being charged with a felony. Something's not right.

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over 4 years ago

assisted suicide should not be legal thats why only 8 out of the 50 states have it legal right i have nothing to do with religon but i still think it isnt right for a person to take away anothers life just because they might be going bank rupt or something stupid like that i mean if anything familys should have the say so if a persons life is taken away or not

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over 4 years ago

i don't think euthanasia should be illegal... but... i don't think it should be illegal, either. if you end someone's life who has no chance of survival, isn't that just better than letting them suffer?

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over 4 years ago

Sorry for your loss Michael. That being said I am for euthanasia. The decision to end ones life is not impromptu, it is an informed decision that the patient makes. Who want to suffer through a disease that has no cure and will only decrease the quality of life of that patient? I dont think its anyones decision besides the person involved. The same principle applies I would imagine as when you give someone medication and give them the option to take it or not. why cant they be given the choice to end their lives too if they think thats the best option?

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over 4 years ago

i am 100% for Euthanasia. i think a person should be able to make there own desions about anything in there life, because its TERE LIFEE. its not like doctors say oh your gonna die soon so were just going to kill you now. its your choice. if you feel like its time for your life to be over and leave this world, i just think it should be up to you. and Aaron, relay its not like there getting shot. duhh. some people when they get cancer try to do a bunch of stuff before they die to make there lives look like they were all happy, some people do nothing and what if you were already happy w/ your life, and you were satisfied, and thought it was there time to leave this earth. would you realy stop them.?

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over 4 years ago

I am against euthansia.. The only reason i am against it.. is because my grandpa.. who was told their was no cure.. wanted to end his life.. my dad helped him with his death.. Two damn days after, my father was told their was a cure for him.. that night.. my father cried and shot himself.. Idk.. maybe its just bad luck.. but this is my reason for going aginst it... There will be a cure for everything one day... i will make it!

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over 4 years ago

I am for Euthanasia because if someone is suffering and nothing can be done to save that person's life then it should be their choice whether to end it or not. I am a firm believer in God but this country was founded on seperation of church and state so we can not bring religion in this matter. Furthermore, The doctors cannot give you the drugs without your consent. that's why if we were to have euthanasia it would have to be regulated to some degree.

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over 4 years ago

Personally, after seeing the extreme illiteracy, I have to assume that most of the people who are commenting are 12 or under.

That said, I am pro-euthanasia. I believe that humans have the right to choose how long they tolerate extreme pain, such as that cause by terminal cancer. I had to watch my grandfather bed every day for someone, usually my mother, to shoot him, jsut so that he could be out of pain. Morphine could not even touch on lessening his pain. After that, I firmly believe that everyone should have the option of doctor-assisted suicide. If I had a terminal illness that was causing me extreme pain, weakness, etc., I would want the option to have someone help me kill myself in a humane and dignified way.

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over 4 years ago

i think assitsted suicide isnt okay in some cases like a lot of u are saying if u want to be put out of ur misery and most of ur relatives agree ur suffering well then they should do it but if u r mentally sick ur relatives should make the choice not you

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over 4 years ago

i am for legalizing euthanasia, the way i look at is who would want their sick dog or cat or any pet that couldnt be cured and had to live in pain forever suffer and deal with the pain till it dies? Keeping a sick family member alive when they are sick is the same thing. Im sure you would want them to die peacefully and not painfully right?

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almost 5 years ago

i think that if you really want to end your life, then you should! It's your choice not the doctors or GOD!!! woohoo... people say god will decide your life god this god that. you know what i do beleave in god but really?? you think your own way you do what you do. I AM ALL FOR THIS TO BE LEGALIZED!!! god gave you your own brain to make your own choices. If you want to end your life then do it!!!

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almost 5 years ago

If you cannot do it yourself, and you want it done, get someone to help. It is truly unfair to say you can kill an unborn child but if you are suffering then you muct live with the pain until you do die!

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almost 5 years ago

ok people the bible is not a legitimate source to base your own opionions on. i think that euthanasia or assisted suicide should be legal to a certain extent. you cannot sit there and say that you would want to be ept alive if you had some sort of terminal disease and you were in an extreme amount of pain. you would want your suffering to end. everyone eventually dies, yes it is a pessimistic veiw, but never the less you should be able to make your own decisions and not have someone judge you and for "DR Vee" i do not really beleive you are a dr. you have no substantial eveidence to back you up and unless you live through it on a day to day basis you will never truely understand how it feels. i am more than 100% sure that if you did see people suffering and asking you DR's to take the pain away you would change your perspective immediatly unless you are cold hearted or a freaky church going person who beleive the bible is law. NEWFLASH it is not and you all who beleive that need to seriously wake up!

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almost 5 years ago

Salaam (peace be on to you)

I am Against Euthanasia.

#1 Is that you don’t know if someone is going to live or die.

And if you kill someone and later find out that you have killed your father, mother, or any one you held dear for no reason and there was a cure for their suffering. Then you will regret it utmost and may wish to kill yourself.

Also in the religion Islam, there is no such thing as helping someone by killing them.

The reason is that "If one takes the life of someone, it is as if one has killed the whole humanity and if one saves someone's life, it is as if you saved the whole humaninty" (5:32).



If you get time, please read The Qur’an. It has answers to everything you can be curious for.

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almost 5 years ago

uhhhm okay well , euthanasia is good and all .. but if they were to legalize it , and someone commited a murder that no one saw and got taken to court , they could just get away with it by saying " they told me to "

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almost 5 years ago

Wow jona vee for a doctor you didn’t listen to a word that Cathy stated. I guess being a doctor that is nothing new for you to hear. Her dad had an incurable disease. He suffered ; she watched. Almost a year this went on. I hope that my doctor has the dignity to know when medicine has been beaten and there is nothing more that he can do! Accepted that idea and embrace it. For it’s what they want, it has nothing against doctors, it just what the patient wants.

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about 5 years ago

i disagree with jonavee, you ask wh o decides who lives and dies, and i answer, themselves, if they wish to end suffering which NO-ONE else can imagin what they feel then they should have the right. The real question is 'who decides who is incabable of making a decision' when nobody else knows what they feel?

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about 5 years ago

Political views now adays are so hypocrtical. They can't make up their damn minds. I don't care whether your religion says no you can't agree to euthanasia or whether its against your moral qualities. Everyone should have the right to choose whether you want to die or not, its a human right. ALl you people that are so attatched to your known bullshit of religion and crap need to stop involving it with other people. Not all people have the same opinion. Im tired of this. Its inmorality.

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about 5 years ago

In my opinion, I can see both sides of how euthanasia/assisted suicide is both right and wrong. There are some strong pros, and some strong cons. Personally, I think it should be a patient's choice whether or not they want to die.

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about 5 years ago

I think that it should that it should be legal because if you were suffering wouldn't you want it to end? I know i wouldn't want to suffer, i also don't want to live to be so old that i can't walk or bathe myself because there is no point in it because you can't even enjoy life anymore and your mostly in pain..Would you want your loved ones to suffer and you have to watch?

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about 5 years ago

I believe only God can have the choice to take someones life away. If he gave it to them, then he should be the only one allowed to take it back at the right time.

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about 5 years ago

i think it should be legalized because if i was teminally ill and had only like 6 months to live i would rather not suffer through all that i would rather just end it but i would make sure i was acctually gonna die so i think jack kervorkian should get elected on the senate so this can be legal.

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about 5 years ago

I am WITH euthanasia.I don't understand why other's aren't either because imagine if you were terminally ill, and you were in extreme unbearable pain and you wanted to die and someone told you that you couldn't,Personaly I think you would be hacked off don't you?

And btw we DON'T all belive in God.

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about 5 years ago

Ok, well say it was you, say you were terminally ill and you knew that you were going to die and you were in unbearable severe pain and you wanted to die and no-one would let you. How would you feel?

Personaly I think you would be a little bit hacked off don't you think?!

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about 5 years ago

i believe in what A said,

it really is a hard subject everyone has a different opinion about it but it just seems wrong for doctors to have this control to kill people,terminally ill or not!

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about 5 years ago

i think it should be the patients choice

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about 5 years ago

while reading through this page, i can see that the only people who really disagree are those who play the religous card. god wants you to live and god wants you to die. if your going to have an actual argument, there has to concrete evidence of two side. legalizing it obviously has a concrete side, the alleviation of pain and suffering in a person going through their last days. however can anyone tell me the last time they saw god, or a prophet, or a burning bush? honestly, i dont care what anyone believes... thats up to them and im happy if you get hope or happiness from believing in god. but when having a debate or argument you must look at it from an ethical stand point and not a religous stand point. you see, this is where the real conflict lies.

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over 5 years ago

When I hear the ignorance of people who immediately go against the thought of these topics, it sickens me. When people say that “America is becoming too free…that America is becoming Big-Headed on our rights…that we as a country are down falling because of the acts like birth control, gay marriage, abortion, and euthanasia,” I feel twisted inside. It angers me. I always here the phrase of “that is not how God wants it to be,” and I think to myself. I am a religious person. I go to church, and I listen to the words of my Pastor, and when I hear him, he tells me that we are not suppose to know what god or our creator wants. We don’t know what he intends for us. If we knew what exactly what he wanted from us, then what would be the point? Why would we go to church? We would know all right?

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over 5 years ago

This is one of the most controversial topics in the modern life, should people get the choice to die? people got their right to live, so they should have their right to die as well. and scrolling through all of the comments about this articles, there seemed to be quite a few on religious points of views that only God should decide life or death. Then why would you take your medication for a cold? it might be God's call to you to join his side. So, naturally we have this compulsive urge to live. but for those people who were arguing that people should get a choice to live or die, that is a horrid law to pass, because Euthanasia is only meant for those terminally ill and for those who have no hope of recovery and suffer intense pains. These people are the only ones deserving the choice to take Euthanasia or continue living. and as it was stated in the Death With Dignity act, only those who are competent to make their own choices are given the choice. so for those people who are just depressed, too bad. you have to be mentally stable to make this choice. therefore, only under strict regulations do these people get the choice of death.

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over 5 years ago

I completely agree with the comment below, and partially V's. It was definitely amusing seeing people become all dramatic about totally unrelated topics, though. I really do think that if it is the right circumstance, why should anyone, including the government, be allowed to take the ability to die away from one? That's just my opinion :)

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over 5 years ago

To v, I loved reading your comment and agree strongly. Euthanasia should be legalized in the U.S. It's legal for the family of someone on life support to take the patient off it if they "think" that the patient wanted it that way. So... If a person wants to die, and they THEMSELF ask a doctor to help them because they are in pain and suffering from it, why shouldn't they be allowed to undergo it?

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over 5 years ago

I think Euthanasia should be legalized.People have a right to want to die.If they're suffering why make death worse for them by not ending their suffering.Its their choice and no one should stop them

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over 5 years ago

When I read the bad grammar and spelling on here it makes me want to receive assisted suicide. I want to know how people who have made the ‘choice’ to be homosexual are being slandered on here.



The way I see it, if someone is in pain, they should have the right to choose to continue to be in that pain or if they should end their suffering. Another thing, people who immediately take the Con side of the debate aren’t looking into the suffering of the family.



Committing suicide is not illegal, failing to die is. They cannot arrest you if you are dead.



As for ‘God’. Why isn’t he helping these people who are in pain?

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over 5 years ago

You don't think it is right for Humans to be able to make the decision on whether or not they want to do this, but Vets do it everyday to animals that are on the verge of death. So, think about it DOCTORS are already doing this. If it is what YOU want then I think you should be allowed to not suffer in pain any longer. Let your friends and family say goodbye.

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over 5 years ago

kelseystanley: gays do not choose to be gay, please do your research before trying to sound like an expert. you've done just the opposite by portraying your ignorance. i agree with the comment below 100%.

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over 5 years ago

Seriously K, you don't know what you're talking about. Assisted suicide should only be allowable if the individual requesting it is in a unlivable situation. But for someone who is just tired of living and has given up on life; they have no legal rights to physician assisted suicide. And actually, gay people ARE born gay, there are studies that have been done and recorded in the New York Time and the New Yorker which have shown proof. Gay people are born with certain DNA which alters their preference of sexes; it also shows in their hair line, finger length/placement, and other things. Look it up. Research before you critisize so you don't appear to be an idiot.

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over 5 years ago

I want to commit suicide but not make it look like suicide so my wife can collect insurance.

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over 5 years ago

elliegirl6262 just to clarify for u gays are not born gay they chose to be and assisted suicide should be illegal just kill ur self u don't need someone else to kill u so live ur life

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over 5 years ago

Live your life, you are a seriously uneducated invidual. How dare you compare assisted suicide to gay rights and abortion rights. You make absolutely no point in your comment and seriously need to re-read your topic before attempting to critique it. Assisted suicide has no correct answer. It is based on personal opinion and depending on religious beliefs or moral belief the decisions can all alter. I have never been in the situation as to where my family member was in a state of their life where assisted suicide was an option so i cannot speak on the topic. However I would not judge someone on their decision.

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over 5 years ago

Doctor assisted suicide should be legal. It is not our place to tell someone who is dying and in so much pain in misery that that can not end there lives. I mean who are we to tell them no? would you want to live if you were incapable of holding your own child? All i am saying is it is not our place to tell them they can not die. If they want the drugs to kill themselves then so be it.

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over 5 years ago

I feel like doctor assisted suicide should be legal. i mean as long as the patient is mentally competent and they are terminally ill they should be able to decide that they would like to stop their suffering. Who are we to tell them no? do you really want someone to live their life when they can not do anything anymore? or when they can not even hold their child? I for one think that they should be allowed to end their life when they have to go through so much pain. It is not our right to tell them they can not die.

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over 5 years ago

"live your life"..youre an uneducated individual. people who are gay dont choose to be so because "guys are assholes." its not a choice just like i didnt choose brown eyes.

those issues have nothing to do with this topic so please keep your stupid opinions to yourself and focus on what is here.

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over 5 years ago

Whose life is it anyway?



We all need to stop and think about this. I mean we are sitting here trying to control someone elses life. How can we be the judge of someone elses pain if we are not even in there situation to see what they are going through. I am pro euthanasia because EVERYONE has the right to a good quality life. If you are terminally ill and and don't have a good quality of life you're not really living.

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over 5 years ago

Ok. This is something i am for and against At the same time. I mean, if you wanna die, Die. It's your own decision. You should have to right to say if you want to end your pain. But, then again, your freakin taking the easiest way out. And Im religous. So, i dont think it's right but i do.

lol

Oh well. I mean, it's whatever to me. Ilegal or legal... :)



No right or wrong answer to me. :)

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over 5 years ago

i think people now are really getting to big headed with the whole america and its a free Country thing.making assisted suicide legal will only make leeway for even more ridiculous laws to pass.n having this legalized will defeat Doctors whole purpose.Its crazy cause people lose the whole mind state of living life.and if you are religious you definitly shouldnt agree.what happen to just natural birth without birth control or aborting or marrying the opposite sex people need to know that their should be a limit to things.okay you make thing gay marraige is okay or abortion n i have nothing against thoses type people.but you should handle things like that on your own dont try to make it become a law killing is killing and gay is gay and thats not how god created us.this shouldnt even become be a topic or abortion or gay marriage its really bad what this world is coming too.kids cant even be kids no more.more violence then ever n i really believe because americans are getting to comfortable.immigrants are taking over .dont have time for a child so thier aborting it.guys are assholes so lets be gay.this is really pathetic and i beileve only people who would agree with this assisted suicide act would be money hungry and people who tried committing suicide and very depressed people.

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over 5 years ago

So I am working on my senior paper and I have done alot of digging on this topic. There are some negatives to this, as in every situation, but there are also a lot of positives. With Physician-assisted Suicide it allows the patient to decide when they are ready to end things. When this happends, yes the doctor does describe the lethal dosage, the patient, however, is the one that makes the final decision. There are families that don't want their loved ones to do that but they need to put their own wants aside and think about others and now what they want or feel. They are not the ones that have to suffer and go through life the way their loved ones do. So over all I firmly do believe that they should make the final choices.

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over 5 years ago

I am really on both sides right now. I am for it because it would save A: alot of money for the families who are paying too much for insurance to keep them alive and B: the pain and discouragement that they deal with knowing they are gonna die. I am against it because doctors can and do sometimes make mistakes. Even doctors are human and could accidentally tell a person that they have no chance when they could. I mean, people are gonna believe anything a doctor tells them, because they are the doctor. And the trust that people place in doctors to help and not hurt them would be severely damaged.

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over 5 years ago

my my my what a topic should we be allowed to comit assisted suicide and is it really possible that if the person is dead that they can be prosecuted? Decisions Decisions Decisions

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over 5 years ago

I am for euthanasia. Who are we to tell someone that is suffering, that they must stick it out until it is 'their time to go'? If you are against it, then that is your decision, but don't go telling someone they must live because it goes against what you believe, for one thing you are not in their shoes, you are not suffering. Do you think people really want to die? It takes a major amount of suffering to make this decision and you shouldn't make it harder for them...

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over 5 years ago

It should only be used and legal in certian cases. I'm currently working on a paper for school and I believe that under certain rules it should be allowed. If the patient is painfully dying, cancer, bad car accident, tumors, and they only have a limited time in which they would live in which their abilities to take care of themselves decline, then why not allow them to die with dignity. Of course there should be rules the doctors must follow, like make sure they're not crazy and just wanting to die, it really is terminal in which they won't be getting better, they're in pain and there isn't much for them to do to improve their health, then by all means, euthanasia should be used if asked. There is also passive euthanasia in which doctors take patients off of feeding tubs, withdraw the treatments in which doesn't always result in immediate death, but leaves them to die painfully. And if there is the matter of money, we should consider the fact that we spend thousands of dollars on meds to help treat the pain, because they can't even be allowed to die in peace. They have to deal with treatments and needles and tests after tests to just be told the same thing: They're going to die. Why spend thousands of dollars on treatment for the patients who don't even want it?! If the patient wants to die, and they're in pain, and there is no help for them, they're terminal, what else is there for them to do? Sit there and watch themselves disappear into the pain of which is the only thing they know. I know this is a human, so doing the humane this is right. We put down animals (I know its not the same thing, but follow along for a moment) but we put them down because they're in pain, they're dying, there is nothing left for them, why not put people out of their misery. I'm not saying to shoot them because they have a broken leg, but medically, if there isn't anything left to do, and the patient decides with a sound mind and being informed then it should not be allowed?? The medically field and the religious field is so different now, there is a point when medicine ends and faith starts, so if a patiend refuses treatmeant that is fine, people are not forcing death on them. Its a choice. But you have to keep religion seperated from medically decisions. And that's the only point I've seen from everyone's rant. Religious points. So...this is my rant. :)

I'm for euthanasia in the right cases. Not because the patient is tired with life, but only if there isn't a sustainable life. And people decide this by medically terms, not by anything biased. I think that is all I have to say... plus my favorite movie is on. (:

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over 5 years ago

assisted suicide should be legal only if the patient is terminally ill and there is zero chance for recovery. If the person is of sound mind and no longer wishes to live a painful life that is undoubtedly going to end they should be able to choose the terms of their death.

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over 5 years ago

The same can be argued with Doctors helping people to live. Who are we to play God?

Saul asked for assistance with suicide in 1 Samuel 31:4-6, when Saul was refused, Saul committed suicide by falling on a sword.

Their are several instances in the Bible concerning suicide and assisted suicide.

But, most Bible thumping Nay-Sayers would like to cover the truth by all of the goodities and niceities.

You argue that God has given us the power to heal sickness, or relieve pain? I argue that God has given us free will.

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over 5 years ago

euthanasia should be aloud, it is the patients choice if he wants to continue life or not

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over 5 years ago

I don't think we as human beings have the right to sit around and play god! Euthanasia is wrong, and shouldn't be practiced. It goes against many factors, for one, it isn't some doctor's job to go killing people. Thank you very much:]

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over 5 years ago

The fact that a person would want to kill themselves no matter what the case is beyond me. I dont believe that god put that choice in our hands. After all he did go to hell and take the keys of DEATH from satan!!!!

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over 5 years ago

Well... I believe that assisted suicide should be legal. If somebody wants to take their own life.. it is their choice. enough said. =)

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over 5 years ago

to be brief...

i believe all people have the right to choose what they do with their lives, including how to end it.



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over 5 years ago

this should be legal because it is his/her choice to die or not. just because your his/her relative or whatever doesnt mean you can control if they want to end their life or not. if they feel as though they are going to die sooner or later and if they dont die now then they will in endure pain in the long run then go ahead inject or pop the pill. i wouldnt say its religiously illegal but no where in the bible does it say you cant end your life if you choose. not to my knowledge atleast.....

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over 5 years ago

well what i think docter death did was very noble he had the guts to help people in ways many of us average people diddnt have the courage to i mean come on if a guy with full blown aids came up to u and asked u to help him like that ud be like hell no gt a way frome me docter k wouldnt think twice the only time assisted suicide is right is if they had or have a disease that is incurable and causing them great pain. he was a very honerable person in my eyes and i dont care what anybody thinks

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over 5 years ago

Who r we to play GOD. While employeed with Hospice, I took care of terminaaly ill patients. Many of which at the beginning were in so much pain that they wanted to die. Once their pain was properly controled, they were able to spend precious time with there loved ones. By the time they expired, the families were usually ready...prepared...at peace. I have yet to see a Hospice patient die in agonizing pain.

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over 5 years ago

the hippocratic oath states that "i will neither precribe nor administer a lethal dos od medication when asked." I have also concluded that physican assisted suicide demeans the value of human life. Humans are much more then an organization of cells, they are our family members and loved ones.

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over 5 years ago

Imagine being ill and choosing to have someone help you commit suicide because at the moment there is no cure and you will die around a 6 month period.



Then a week or even a few days after you die some scientist/doctor found a cure. That would suck loool :/

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over 5 years ago

I'm really not sure where I stand on this matter. For one thing...if euthanasia is legalized i think that there will be an epedemic of people ending their lives. What if a person is not in a healthy metal state? Should he or she be allowed to make that choice? Isn't that just suicide? Sucide is morally wrong...that's a simple fact. It says so in the Bible. But on the other hand...is it humain to allow a person to live through an extreme ammount of pain? How do we measure how much is too much?

I think I'm going to have to do more research....

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over 5 years ago

I feel that if your suffering an unbearable pain you have the right to have your life ended you'll be the one taking it up with god so you should have the choice to live or not

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over 5 years ago

What i think of euthanasia is 50/50, i think its wrong, on religious behalf, and thats its ok, well, because its a peaceful way to end suffering. but can you tell me what kind drugs they use in euthanasia

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over 5 years ago

I feel that mercy killing should be legal. Do you really want to see someone in pain for a long period of time? I wouldnt. Even if it is my grandma, i know that she wouldnt want to spend the rest of her life in pain. It hurts to see the hurt in someones eyes. We should just help them out, and send them to god, because we know that they will be a lot happier. So i totally want to make this legal!

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over 5 years ago

I strongly believe that it should be legal. Why not help someone who is suffering? I agree with the other comments gods existance is unknown and should be left out of this. Its a choice. it cant get any simpler.

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over 5 years ago

I understand that its horrible to watch someone suffer but its not a dog your putting to sleep its a human being its not at all the same thing.

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over 5 years ago

Another option is that we could just legalize marajuana. That's a good way to go out. I'd want it that way!

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over 5 years ago

what if the person in subject has no ability to make that decision for themselves. Like they have no cognitive abilities at all. Is it then the responsibility of the family to kill their own member. I am for euthanasia but only in certain circumstances. Yeah I understand that it is practical from a monitary view. It also hinders nurses and doctors that could be spending time on people who still do have a chance at living. I guess my opinion is kinda one-sided but that is only becuase I have not had to expirence this.

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over 5 years ago

My mother passed away on 12/3. After watching her go through what she did from cancer, and seeing others suffer in the past, I believe in euthanasia. When I have a dog that is suffering, no longer has a quality of life and there is no hope for that, I take my pet to the Vet and my pet is put to sleep. If a person is terminally ill and there isn't any hope I don't think that person should have to go through the torment, nor should the family have to standby watching that hopelessly. If anyone knows of a petition to promote this please let me know.

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over 5 years ago

first of all, there is no proof that god exists, there is also no proof that he doesn't, so i think god should be left out comlpetely unless he comes down to earth and says euthanasia is bad, you people aren't following god, your following the bible written by people who definitely are not god, even in the bible their are instances where "characters" had themselves killed because of shame or dishonour, and yet again, euthanasia is a personal choice, its not up to you to deicede whether a person can kill themselves or not, these obnoxious people think they have a say in whether a person can chose their death sooner than later and as for vegetables, they are already dead, it is selfish to keep the physical remains when their "soul" is already gone, comas are a different story

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over 5 years ago

I personally agree that euthanasia should be practiced in America, but I don't say this with deficiency. I am not confident that our government system would be as strict as it should be. Sure at first it would be strict, but just look at the Netherlands history of Euthanasia. In the late 80's any baby that had a disability such as down syndrome or spina bifida was "euthanized" right off the bat! Before reading about how euthanasia affected the Netherlands, I thought that anyone who was against it was a sick person. Now that I see both sides, I have made my earlier decision to go with the proponents, but also have sympathy for the opponents against euthanasia.

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over 5 years ago

i totally agree with natashia. no one has the right to suffer for a long period of time. seriously, would you want to be a vegtable or in a coma for the rest of YOUR life. if yo u hav the rightto have an abortion and its not the child in the whoms choice on wether if it dies or not, but then why cant you have a choice to take your own life because of serious medical pain.

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over 5 years ago

some of you are really stupid. Euhanasia should be legalized.It provides a way of releif of extreme pain. Would you want to be remembered by your family by suffering on your final days. euthansia is a way out after a good life. It costs about $40 for the drugs of euthanasia, thousands of dollars to keep them living. If you can ea, drink, see, talk or even breath by yourself then whats the point of living. when life is no longer considered a benefit but a burden, why keep that person alive?

If we can choose to abort, we should be able to choose whether we can live or die. its a freedom of choice!

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over 5 years ago

Assisted suicide has and always will be the subject of controversey. If I had to state an opinion based on my knowledge, then I would stand in the ominious Pro-Choice section of the facility. Since we are old enough to walk we make decisions... some good and others bad. Terminally ill pacients have the right to opt for life or death. There should be some stipulations, maybe a control such as a time period to wait out thier decision. Give it 48 hours and two phone calls to loved ones. If the person really wants to go let them (If possible) state why they have made that decision and allow them to seek closure to esteemed coligues, family, and what not. The pain of the individual maybe beyond all of your(and mine) comprehension. You have absolutely NO RIGHT to interfere with any one persons sole decision to end thier life. We all die alone. If they were to allow such "Assisted Suicieds" then allow the person to conciously make the decision and solely take such "death medication" to subdue themselves. In the end, the outcome is eneviduble. This person will die. With or without the pain is soley thier decision. I apologize for the mis-spelling but if I were perfect I wouldn't even have to state an opinion. I would be enforcing it.

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over 5 years ago

I'm for the practice of Euthanasia and for anybody that wants to use the religious arguement here's an idea for you. I know south park doesn't seem like an appropriate source of info for this arguement but bear with me, there was an episode where a kid got hit by a truck and was able to be kept alive but had brain damage and couldn't do anything. Then there was the arguement whether or not to let him die, so two angels come down from heaven and start walking through the crowd of protesters and someone yells that letting him die would be playing god. Then the angel says that the doctors (along with everyone else) were playing god when he was put on life support.

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over 5 years ago

I dotn think that the the doctor is the one killing the patient. They are the ones giving the drugs to the people that are choosing to kill themselves and if that is what they want then so be it. It's not our place to deprive them of their right to control their own lives. =D

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over 5 years ago

i believe euthanasia should totally be illegal and stay that wayy, because its just wrong and is starting to get out of control.. docters should address the problem, not get rid of it.. and one day it could possibly b the cause to extinction.. that is my belief.

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over 5 years ago

I disagree with Darren. A brain dead person cannot ask to be assisted in death. So are you saying if they are a vegetable their life isn't worth anything. They are not able to ask for what they want. But someone who is terminally ill and suffering greatly has just as much of a right to ask not to suffer anymore. Have you ever watched someone you loved so dearly, go through a horribly painful death and to have them tell you they, "just want to die and end the suffering." I have and it kills something inside of you to have to watch someone die like that. I truly believe in God and also believe that if someone does not want to suffer anymore they have that right.Unless you know that the person who has become brain dead would not want to live a life that way thats one thing but, if they cannot tell you how they feel or what they want then why should they die just because they are a "vegetable."

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over 5 years ago

I think that is should not be legalized. Some of you people are just plain stupid you can't tell people they don't know what they are talking about if you can't even spell or be grammatically correct. Okay, yea its America and we have the right to chose but this is someone's life we are talking about, not just a car or a house a LIFE you shouldn't be able to take that away from them just becuase they are miserable, that will hurt much much worse. God has a plan for you and is already suffered much worse then anyone on earth has so he should decide when he wants us, we shouldn't choose. This is pretty funny to watch--i'm writing an argumentative paper against assisted suicide...hmmm

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over 5 years ago

It's just wrong.

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over 5 years ago

I personally believe the only case for assisted suicide that is acceptable is if a person is brain dead and will be a complete vegtable for life while being unconscious. I do not believe a person should have the right to ask another person to kill them. This may have consequences that none of us can understand for the dying and the death dealer. I personally believe in something greater than just our present being. However, if you do not feel the same, why not be allowed to do anything you want?

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over 5 years ago

well, if the patient would just wish to die than to suffer,then be it...

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over 5 years ago

well,if the patient would just wish to their relatives to shorten their living time to finish his/her sufferings,,then why not?? I'm sure it's also God's will...becaause he/she had suffered enough..but if not, you just better see what destiny will our God give him..

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over 5 years ago

|don't think it should be legalised but instead, it should be allowed. But to those who are going to decide on giving euthanasia, just live in the place of the patient for once and feel that feeling and then, decide.

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over 5 years ago

Well, actually mel, Physician assisted suicide is not only for "brain dead" people. The Death with dignity law states that one must have a terminal illness. Terminal being defined as a prognosis of an illness that will undoubtedly lead to death within the next 6 months. You don't have to be brain dead to have such prognosis. I work in an oncology department where some of the patients who regularly see us have been diagnosed with a terminal cancer. Please note that these are perfectly functional people whose only disability is their cancer. They are able to walk, talk, make jokes, drive a car, and not to mention, make their own decisions. Maybe mel, you should do a little research before you like make assumptions about like things you don't like know about. Thank you for listening.

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over 5 years ago

Throughout all of these comments I noticed there is no distinction made between euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Let me just there is a definite difference which impacts the debate about each one. I am not saying I am either for or against it yet, as I haven't made a decision yet on where I stand. Here's the difference:

Euthanasia:
The medicine or whatever means is used to kill the patient is given by the doctor. In one sense this puts the power in the doctor's hand, but not necessarily. However, there is much more potential for abuse.

Physician Assisted Suicide: This is when the doctor gives the patient the medicine or whatever means to kill him/herself, but it is the patient who must take medicine himself. In other words, he has to do it, and not the doctor.

For those would-be commenters, please keep this in mind when you are talking about these issues

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over 5 years ago

you all are making it seem like if you want to commit suicide becuase your depressed you can just like ask for this to be done. you are like 100 % wrong. before you go saying stuff you need to actually read what this actually is. it is for those who are very very sick and have been almost brain dead for months, and have no chance of surviving. you would want to see a love one suffer every day? that's so ridiculous. if you can choose if you want an abortion or not, why cant you choose if you wanna pull the cord or not?

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over 5 years ago

I HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING THIS WHOLE "EUTHANASIA" I AM VERY VERY LIBARAL AND I FEEL LIKE MANY HAVE SAID YES WE SHOULD ALLOW IT BECAUSE ITS THERE BODY AND MY BODY AND IF SOME GIRL WANTS TO NOT BE IN THIS WORLD SHE SHOULD HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO MAKE THAT DECITION ON HER OWN! JUST LIKE ABORTION AND GETTING MARRIED TO THE SAME SEX..... SOME PEOPLE JUST NEED TO GET OVER THE FACT THAT ABORTION AND EUTHANIZATION SHOULD BE A FREEDOM OF CHOICE!!

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over 5 years ago

Assisted suicide is ridiculous...

I should know, because not only have i seen it on T.v, soaps, etc...

But i used to be a suicidal, and even though none of my family wanted me to go,

it would be soooo much worse if they did...

I read an article on it once, this girl who was thinking suicide found a website that supported suicide, and she ended up doing it... the website was sued and deleted of the internet..

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over 5 years ago

I don't support assisted suicide.

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over 5 years ago

I can't really decide. It's difficult, really, especially since I've never been in that situation, but if I HAD to decide right away, I'd say to not legalize it.



Oh, and by the way, calm down person who wrote Freedom of Life is not obligation. Good grief. It's called abbreviation. Jeez.

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over 5 years ago

First of all YOU CAN'T DECIDE IF YOU ARE TERMINALLY ILL OR NOT! People need to get that through their heads, it's not like you can pick to terminally ill one day and the next day not be. I just wanted to say that because some people think that they can.

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over 5 years ago

i think that the quality of life is alot better than the quantity of life. i think that the patients family has the right to act on behalf of the patient, unless there is an advance directive involved. if there is no advance directive, i feel that the family should be able to act upon the given actions to continue or end the patients life. if i were a family member of a patient suffering in the hospital, and more than one doctor or professional has given me the fact that this person will suffer more while living, than dying, then i feel that the family should have the right to say that its okay for them to end a persons life. other than that, value your life, because you never know when its going to end. ((:

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over 5 years ago

Suicide is ecsactly the same as choosing to have an abortion. Your body your choice. As long as we allow abortions we should allow teminally ill ones to choose death. And assiting in a suicide should be the same as giving out the abortion procedure.

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over 5 years ago

Wow... You ppl need to srsly get a life and NOT killl yourself.

sureeeeee its good because you arent in pain, but if i were you, i would make my life the best it ca be





Byee

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over 5 years ago

It should be legal only for those who are seriously ill!!!!



SERIOUSLY!!!

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over 5 years ago

i think that assisted suicide should be legal.

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over 5 years ago

who wrote this article??? i need to cite it

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over 5 years ago

im for assisted suicide but i would like to know where whatever is from because where i live its is soooo against the law to kill yourself...

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over 5 years ago

i am undecided because it could go both ways. i can see where people want think you should die like god wants u to, but also dont u think that might be god's way for u dying? If the patient knows they may go in a coma or in terrible pain while they are in the hospital, they should have a say in weither they want the plug pulled on them or not. he shouldnt have to do w/ weither the doctor thinks its best its the patients life and thats why they should get their choice. i can also see others points of views on how we can make cures if we dont put the people down, but some people are in so much pain and suffer that they know they are going to die and they dont want to be here anymore there are plenty of other times to cure people. thats not wat is on the patients mind is getting cured its how do i get out of here? i am in pain.

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over 5 years ago

I am a student, doing a project on euthanasia legalization and after reseaching this topic I think that it should be legalized but only for medical cases

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almost 6 years ago

people who are not informed you can not take a perosns life w.o some sort of consent, the doctor cant pull the cord when he feels unless you have a DNR, which is permission. Second of all if you are a "vegetable" than maybe you can wake up but your brain is deprived of oxygen and you might not be able to function, it is a persons right to die, suicide isnt illegal and neither should this be

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almost 6 years ago

I think that Euthanasia should be legalized but under strict conrtol, because if somebody wants to die and the doctors agree with it, they may never know if that person could have gotten better. So I do think that euthanasia should be legalized but under heavy condition.

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almost 6 years ago

After reading a lot of articles, I don't think euthanasia should be legalized. It's true that every one should be allowed to make their own decision, human life is way too valuable to waste it in any form. All these people have a right to live, everything and anything should be done to make their life easier instead of letting them die. Just letting the doctors to choose euthanasia means that doctors will now have more reasons to give up on any given patient. Haven't we all heard stories about how the "doctors had already given up, but he/she became all better"?. If we legalize euthanasia there won't be any more of those types of cases. Also, another topic is about the race to find a cure to any terminal illness. It's human nature to not worry about something that does not need a real fix right away. if we let people die, than that will be a solution to the problem instead of trying to find a cure to the disease.

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almost 6 years ago

Perhaps the most common form of euthanasia heard of is when the practitioner “pull the plug” meaning that s/he was already on life support, contradicting the previous claim that only god shall decide who lives and who dies. By placing him/her on life support, are they not prolong the death of that patient and intervening with the "divine" plan?

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almost 6 years ago

i am at the moment undecided on euthanasia, it is a very delicate issue that which ever view you take will be critised. before the thursday befor last i was very much for euthanasia, it should be every human beings right to die with dignity and at peace. but then two weeks ago i went to a hospice near newcastle wivh changed by views profoundly, i expected an awful grotty miserable place were i would just feel the most cold a nd desperate atmosphere, i was terrified of what oi would see or hear, i was very narrow minded about it all i had never been in a hospice before that day(we went as an AS re class trip as we were learning about euthanasia) what i found was a place full of loving staff and an excellent doctor who was dead set against euthanasia, there were rooms that just looked like a normal front room of any normal house, bedrooms decorated nicely with paintings and comfortable furnishings,large spaces for residents to spend time quietly and talk to friends, so now i wonder is the journey to death so bad, with such positive and skilled staff there whenever you need them, is euthanasia the only answer? and just hoe many people die in pain? medice and paliative care is so advanced now, it is much easyier to ease suffering without the need for euthanasia.

Though i feel that euthanasia is not possibly the right thing to do in many situations, i still believe people should have the choice, but it is a very difficult decision for someone to make as there is a very fine line between euthanasia and murder.

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almost 6 years ago

I am doing a research project with a friend on euthanasia. We have split it in 2. He is doing the pros and i amddoing the cons.. i have always thought that i was con it.. but after research.. there are so many more reasons to be pro-euthanasia. So i am undecided..

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almost 6 years ago

I'm personally pro for euthanasia. If I can find a good arguement that is not based entirely off religious views, maybe someday my opinion will change. I'm not trying to attack anyone's point of view, but relying solely on "The Word of God" as why it's wrong to help someone kill themself. It's simply not a valid arguement, and neither is saying that assissted suicide is morally wrong. Kohlberg's 6 Levels of Moral Reasoning show that at different levels, different things are morally right and wrong.



I'm for assisted suicide because we as a country have no right to tell anyone how to life or how to die. According to the rights laid out in our Constitution, we can not tell someone they can't choose to die however they wish. And really, if the person wants to die badly enough that they'll get a doctor to do it, they'll find a way to die and I'd rather find my loved one dying peacefully with a lethal injection than finding their blood splattered all over my lawn or them hanging in the garage somewhere.



This is just my opinion. I'd think it was really neat if I persauded you to see things my way, but if I don't, then I can't change that. At least, I can't until the paper I'm writing is finished. Then we'll see.

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almost 6 years ago

i personally think that assited suicide is the same as murder so why should this be okay to fo and murder be wrong and even tho it is a peaceful way of dieing u should let nature take its course

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almost 6 years ago

i am very very pro euthanasia. no one should have to suffer from a terminal illness if they have the chance to leave this earth in peace.. if the patient decides they are ready to die, and know that if not now, in the near future they will die anyway - why deny them that chance? i think people who are against euthanasia need to wake up and face the facts.. one day when you are on your death bed, and told that you have no choice but to suffer 24 hours a day, unable to move, feed yourself, and basically denied the right to live, only THEN should you judge those who are for this remarkable act of humanity..

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almost 6 years ago

ok.... so i am a freshman and my opinion is well i dont no because i have not been in the position to decide..... i think none of you no what the HEk YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, you might have an opinion and everything but you guys act like your opinion is a fact and no one elses matters .... for the people that INSALT other people on this comment page,like saying learn how to spell or your opionion is wrong well why do you people care if they mess up or you dont agree.... this comment page is for what people think about the subject... not insalts and telling people that your wrong... i mean i got on this page for the first time to learn but no i just read peoples stupid drama crap.......... so this is for euthanasia and i dont think people should act like they all no about it, once again thinking there opinion is a fact and no one else is right... but the people that comment on this page and as been in the position and had to deal with something about euthanasia they have the right to act like they no it all because they do and who ever hasnt been in the position or hasnt delt with euthanasia dont no crap...

...... THIS MIGHT NOT MAKE any sence and it is a little confusing ... hek i was scared to comment about this but its what i think ....if you READ THIS COMMENT ME BACK ON THIS PAGE and tell me what you think and how you do not agree ....... o and i am just saying to who does this dont be rude about religous thoughts.. if you believe ok.. if you dont ok..

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almost 6 years ago

i am for euthanasia because, here in america, we reserve the right of choice, and if someone wants to die, with good reason (such as pain and suffering),they should have the right to die! why keep someone alive that doesnt want to be. that is the truth crime. i would rather die than suffer for the rest of my life and burden my family with grief and suffering.

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almost 6 years ago

im in 8th grade and we have to write an essay on whether we are against or supportive of assisted suicide. Morally im against it, but it is the patients choice.

But i believe that doctors, by doing this, is hypocritcal. Doctors are supposed to save and help people, not to kill them. Also, doctors have to falsify a death certificate in the process, by stating that the patient died of natural causes. The last thing that bothers me about assisted suicide, is that the family members and loved ones do not have to be consulted before this act.

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almost 6 years ago

I am Pro, and Con against this law here, but if i had to pick a side,i would have to go for the Con side because money is really tight for some families and they can't afford to keep having their children, or whoever, still living in a coma. What fun is it for them to not be seeing, hearing, and basically living. i also think that they should allow it, because who would want to watch one of their familiy members just lieing in the hospital in pain. WHO WOULD WANT THAT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT THEY LOVE? People, if you had a deadly disease and you were told you only had a certain amount of time to live your life, would you end your l;ife peacefully, or would you just live the rest of the time you had to live in pain, knowing that with every day that passes by, you are getting closer to a more and more painfull death, for you, and the people you love to bear.

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almost 6 years ago

Nice arugments each side is very convincing. This debate is very interesting....

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almost 6 years ago

Euthanasia is wrong. its murder/suicide. just because you don't feel like living anymore is no resaon for you to end your life. think of how bad that will hurt your family, friends, and everyone in your life.

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almost 6 years ago

i think it should be legal although i see both sides of the fight i think that one you should be aloud to take your own life. and also understand that we shouldn't be playing god and that this isn't something to be messing around with but i do think that for those people that have layed in bed for decades in comas and those who r in terrible pain and have been for years should have this option if there not able to make it family should because having some one in medical conditions like a coma is very exspensive and some people correction most people can't afford it so this should be an option for those people and familys

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almost 6 years ago

both for and against

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almost 6 years ago

For you out there fighting against Euthanasia is a dying cause. People already have wishes of DNR which means Do Not Resuscitate which IS Euthanasia. When a person is in a coma and the family can not pay the bill or just cant take it anymore they let that person die that IS Euthanasia. Just make it legal for the people who need it most. The Terminally ill, the people who cant take there life anymore but are two afraid to commit suicide. Euthanasia must be made legal

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almost 6 years ago

i agree in euthanasia..

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almost 6 years ago

I do not think that assisted suicide is the right thing to do. I use to believe that it was a good thing. But recently, I walked into my older brothers room and witnessed my brother kill himself with a handgun. He was 25. It was the worst thing i will ever witness. And until you witness suicide for yourself you have no frame of reference to make a decision on assisted suicide. I know there are alot more pros than cons but i make my stand for the cons becuase its hard enough to see someone commit suicuide, but its even harder for me to understand that someone would want to help in it.

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almost 6 years ago

Euthanasia assisted suicide is not for people who want to die but dont have the guts to do it themselves. Its for those who are suffering already and have nowhere to go but down hill. And for all the religious views out there on the matter, "God" has already chosen for you to die so why would you want to suffer. If you have already said your goodbyes to family and friends, then why should they watch you suffer until the end. Im sure thats not how they want to remember you. And... ...Oh ya, whoever Becca is, you need to brush up on your communication skills. And we are talking about the one who is suffering having the right to choose. Not family. And God is not real.

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about 6 years ago

I would rather see a person use assisted means of dying than to see him/or her put a gun to his head and blow his brains out. This procedure is meant for terminall ill and extremely elderly patients, not for people who just "had a bad day"

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about 6 years ago

It is not ok. If this begins to be allowed then every time things become hard for some one they will result to this.

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about 6 years ago

if the persons life is seriously bad then they should be allowed to becuase it is painless and they dont have to suffer.

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about 6 years ago

I DONT KNOW IF ITS Ok..

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about 6 years ago

i think it should be the pacients choice whether they want to die or not.

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about 6 years ago

Since when have had the right to play God. The whole "vegetable" argument, how can you been 100% sure they have no knowledge of what is going on. People have woken up from comas when doctors have said they'd wouldn't. People they would do it from a relative. Until your in that situation, don't say anything. I personally have, and i could never do that. To that knowledge that you killed someone you loved simply because they were in pain. Maybe that pain is worth it, if you get a month or so more to say goodbye to your mother, brother, dauther and so on. Its simply not our choice to make. When God is ready to let that person die, He'll will. It's just wrong to play God.

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about 6 years ago

you are not god and nor is anyone else on this planet. god is the one who chooses who dies and who lives. if god is giving out the gift of life don't throw it aways embrace it. suicide is an unforgivable sin everyone.

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about 6 years ago

Im doing a paper on physicians assisted suicide, and i have to say I was a little confused at first about wheather or not to be pro or con. Sometimes im still not sure. As of right now, Im leaning more for it than from it. shouldn't some one have the choice to die. i mean, what if your life had gotton so hard, you just couldn't take it anymore.

Just what if???

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about 6 years ago

I believe in euthanasia, because say your sitting in bed and can't move would you want your mom taking care of you for the rest of your life I personal would not.

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about 6 years ago

kay, so, reading some of the stuff you people post on here.

it looks like you are all emo, YEAH IT'S OKAY TO DIE.

NAAAAAAT.

if you want to die, then YOU go die.

too bad nobody cares about YOU.

but i'm sure if you say a family member suffering, you wouild be like, kay, what do i do, i'm pretty damn sure you wouldnt to lose someone close to you.

FAAAACKKKK.

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about 6 years ago

I think that suicide is a personal rigtht. And if you want to die but you need help with it by a doctor then they should be allowed to do that because the person sufferning wanted it. Its not murder!

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about 6 years ago

I believe life is a valuable thing, but if one no longer feels value in living, they will begin to regret having ever had life. Euthanasia can help the seriously ill leave this earth with dignity and have the choice to leave remembering all of the happy memories before those memories are pushed out of mind because of how much energy dealing with the extreme pain causes.

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over 6 years ago

for those of you that believe in not legalizing euthanasia, i think you should think twice about what you're saying. number one if you have any opinion about how its "god's" place to say whether we live or die, i hope that i never see anyone of you taking medications or lieing in the hospital for any other reason simply because hospitals save people from potentially lethal situations. isn't that also an act of god (keeping a person alive thats supposed to die)? Another valid point is that there should be strict laws enforced that doctors must abide by in order to practice euthanasia. I believe that murdering another person is wrong, but is it moral to let another suffer in excruciating pain with every second passing knowing that they could die any minute? suppose your dog has a tumor on its let and can barely walk. its okay to put your dog to sleep to put it out of its misery, but its not okay for humans to do the same? Finally, the only euthanasia that should be allowed is voluntary. no one, i repeat, no one should be euthanized with the individuals concent. no one other than the patient can choose to live or die. freedom is what this country is supposed to be based on, and we dont even have the right to take our own life with any dignity we may have left? i dont think so.

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over 6 years ago

I believe that dyeing is part of life. If you are in pain maybe it is because of something that you did when you were younger. We all have to suffer for our mistakes...Jesus died on the cross and suffered for all of us and didn't choose to end his life. Neither should we. The time we our suffering before we die should be our time to recollect our thought forgive the people we need to forgive, confess our sins, and be with our loved ones. NO ONE should have the power to end anyones life not even their own, because it is not even theirs to begin with it is the creators, God's and he should be the only one who can take life.

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over 6 years ago

I am doing a paper on Assisted Suicide in my English class. I am against Assisted Suicide because of this: Assisted Suicide is just a fancy term for murder, basically. If someone else helps you kill yourself, that's basically an assist, which is technically murder. That's the way I look at it. I may be wrong, but hey, that's just what I think.

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over 6 years ago

I am doing a persuasive speech in my english class about euthanasia. I am not against it. If I wanted to end my life because I was dying, I would. I think euthanasia should be legalized. But I also think it should be very controlled. Only under certain circumstances should it be okay. If the person is dying and they are in tremendous pain I think they should be able to tell someone to help them die. That's just my opinion though.

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over 6 years ago

I think that euthanasia should be legalized because people should decide if they wanna end their life that way or what not

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over 6 years ago

i think that it needs to be legal, because ya know if you were laying there dying and you couldnt tell anyone but the people that love you could see in your eyes that you were in pain you wouldnt want them to pull the plug then your dumb

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over 6 years ago

marie why do you believe it should be legal if you dont mind me asking?

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over 6 years ago

assisted suicide is a persons choise isn't it? and that it is a lot less messier than at home suicides isn't it? so is u have cancer and u will suffer unbearably wouldn't u want to die with dignity?

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over 6 years ago

sorry kool-aid. i disagree with you. euthanasia is not a cheaters way out. yes some people may be able to still get up and walk and have little pain and they can do as you say. live those days. but what about those who are stuck laying on there back in horrible constant pain? i don't know how much a person can actually do if they are unable to move and on top of that know that they will die in pain. everyone should have the right to choose if they want to die a peaceful death or not.

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over 6 years ago

I feel very strongly on the topic of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. I believe that it SHOULD BE LEGALIZED. The right to die should be a fundamental freedom and people need to stop using religion as an arguement to everything. Stop relying on something/someone imaginary, get real arguements. The seperation of church and state was made for a reason. Why should someone in extreme, chronic pain with a low quality of life be kept alive? Why should someone who is terminally ill have to be reduced to a shell of their former self? "because God gave us life, only he can take it away." No. You are too selfish to see that these people should have the option, the RIGHT, to die on their own terms, regardless of what you have to say. If euthanasia was legalized, it does not mean that you have to take part in it, let others do as they please. If your mother or father were to tell you they wanted to be euthanized because they were in excrusiating pain, would you deny them that? Would you watch someone close to you suffer or let them go with honor?

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over 6 years ago

ok heres the deal if the doc tells ya you have 6 months to live what would you do...assisted suicide is the cheaters way out of things if i had only 6 months to live i would LIVE those days i mean really live no matter what pain i go through having a back back where it hurts to walk, i think, is unberable but i still live my life to the fullest...no matter what pain you feel the joy of being alive outweighs that...easily

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over 6 years ago

i am doing a debate on this subject and it is fantastic!

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over 6 years ago

im doing a debate on euthansia and assisted suici. cooool man. no really but thats ok. :D
-wilber

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over 6 years ago

I think they should do wtf they want to

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over 6 years ago

okay so i agree with kourtney u go girl!

and for those girls who dont think this is seriouse freak yall you cant go shopping!!!

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over 6 years ago

im strongly against euthanasia because god gave us life and no matter what comes our way there is a reason for it and for the girls who think this is just totally a laughing matter its not so stop being so immature and self centered.

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over 6 years ago

euthanasia is very wrong but is right in some circumstances

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over 6 years ago

I am for and against it. It shouldnt happen to some people just because they want it. They need 2 have a serouis condition and be in serouis pain for it. And for the last 3 people who made comments, if your going 2 make retarted comments on something as serouis as this there is something wrong with you and you should just get a life.

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over 6 years ago

Also, there's so much mention of being in "constant pain". I just have one comment on that - get another doctor.

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over 6 years ago

God has been brought up a lot - it has been said that He gives life, and takes it away in His own time, and euthanasia interferes with that. But what about life support? Wouldn't you consider postponing death to also be an "interference"? Just a thought.

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over 6 years ago

hay guys i think euthanasia should be done for ppl that are in an veg state or acoma b/c you can donate organs to help someone else even tho ur loved one has died u hav to think of wat else someone is benifting from it thats wat i think....



luv bunches,

haley s.

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over 6 years ago

yoyoyoyo i think its ttly stupid that ppl do that b/c ppl shouldnt die

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over 6 years ago

I think its wrong because its morally wrong to just kill yourself. Life will become meaning less, what did u live your life for to give up and fall over, where is the heart to live and to fight for your self. I think the American dream is to live life to the fullest, so if you know your going to dye go out and live your life see places do things you have never done before. I know people think that well they are suffering i would rather just see it end. Deal with the suffering by doing these things it will help....My last argument is that the United States will become "give upers" what i meen by this is that we are teaching the later generations its ok to give up.

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over 6 years ago

Physician assisted suicide should be legal because if terminally ill patients don’t get help, they will die suffering. Most people that want a physician’s help don’t want to die suffering. They want to die calm and peacefully. The support for physician assisted suicide of terminally ill patients is rising. If this does become legal, doctors will have to be able to understand motivations for patients requesting suicide.

Everyone has the right to commit suicide. I’m not saying you should, but people should not be forced to live when they don’t want to and they can’t stand the pain that they’re in. Some people are too weak to be able to commit suicide on their own. In that case, they should have the right to get help. People that are suffering should be able to end their life so that they don’t suffer any longer. Assisted suicide should only be for the terminally ill. If assisted suicide was legal, that would give more time for doctors to work on patients that can be saved. It also gives the families time to say goodbye before it happens for good.

The only state in the U.S. to allow assisted suicide is Oregon. This became legal on October 27, 1997. This is now known as the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. It states that ending one’s life in accordance with the law does “not constitute suicide or assisted suicide”. There are only two other different places around the world where this is legal, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Jack Kevorkian claims he has participated in at least one hundred and thirty assisted suicides. He has been nicknamed “Dr. Death” since at least the mid 1950’s. He is famous for the quote “dying is not a crime.”

Assisted suicide should become legal through out the United States. If it doesn’t, people will kill themselves on their own anyway. If they want help, we should give it to them. They are free to make their own choices. They should be able to control their life. A compassionate way to end suffering is death. If suicide was brought into the open, maybe it wouldn’t happen as often.

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over 6 years ago

i dont think that it is right but i dont see people suffering over something that can be halped.

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over 6 years ago

I personally have very strong religious beliefs and i have personally seen a relative suffer while cancer ate away her body. im not trying to gross anyone out but noboby wants to see relatives in that state. if you say it is wrong because you wouldnt want your child to see you "suffering" then you really must do not know what Euthanasia is. Its not alright to committ suicide but its also not alright to watch someone suffer and not try to help ease their pain. im not saying im for Euthanasia but im not for but id rather know my relative is in a better place and not suffering than here and hating every minute of the rest of their life. Think about it....

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over 6 years ago

I have walked through remnants of concentration camps and felt very sick. I saw the ruins of what happens when something goes too far. Hitlers first victim was a "mercy killing". He euthanized whom he did not feel fit to live. Even though I do believe that we have safe guards in the United States I do know that history can repeat itself. Life is valuable. It is something that is universal whether you are religious or not. We must protect life at all levels consistantly. For we can not forget the lessons of the past.
Anyone who is truely a humanitarian can look at this issue as part of a big picture.

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over 6 years ago

yes i see this both ways... yet is it not Gods choice? i mean obviously you are still here. must mean there is some reason why you are still living. God never gives you more than you can handle.



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over 6 years ago

What about pain research? Opening our minds to search for more reliable methods for pain control? Imagine if all the energy that went into this debate was put into action. Where those who are on either side of the debate worked together to:

1) Raise funds for more beds in their local hospice homes. For instance local churches donating money to them. Or

2)Raising awareness about how the educational programs give little training or money for research into the care of the dying. In addition, very few health organizations give the opportunity for healthcare professionals to keep "continued competence" in this area by providing inservices and such.

Just a thought....

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over 6 years ago

I think it tis ok to allow enthanasia because it make people die confortable. People can die painful so if it must be die, I think allow enthanasia and give peace to themselves and family. Also it would rather see relatives go well with full honor than suffer in pain. It is their life, not doctor can choose. So they should be able to choose, what they want to. It is more better than relative see sudden death. Please give me email if you have questions.

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over 6 years ago

Here is the deal...God gave life, and God will take life. Its that simple. When we say it is ok to assist someones suicide, we have taken from God's plan. It is not our place. Maybe someone's soul is destined for hell, maybe on-coming death is the only way for them to realize they have a choice about eternal life..and just maybe, if we help someone end their suffering here in this life they could suffer for eternity in hell. I do not want that kind of blood on my hands.

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over 6 years ago

I believe that people should have the right to choose how they die, and when they die. When you think of the whole "God" thing, realize this, religion is based on primarily opinion, no one knows if there truly is a "God" or not, and with all the other religions out there, who knows which is real? I myself am a Methodist, and attend church every week, STILL if someone is in an extreme ammount of pain, let them get the peace of mind they desire for, and perhaps it will be the right choice. Many people are smart enough to make their own decisions, so let them. If a being in unsound of mind, do not grant them the use of euthania without consent of a sane mind, perhaps of that of a group of doctors.

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over 6 years ago

I dont believe in suicide period. So you want to show every one that looks up to you that its ok to give up? personally i would not want my son to see me suffering or killing my self .i would let the lord take it from me heal me. thats showing people its ok to kill them self when you get sick with cancer or any disease. i personally dont believe in this but that doesnt mean that im right just my opinion would never judge any one who agrees with assisted suicide.

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over 6 years ago

I think that euthanasia is neither wrong or right. I think that if a person is in so much pain that they cant take any more of the suffering that it should be their choice to choose what they want done. But on the other hand something could happen to where a miracle happened and then they didnt have to suffer any longer.Also if the patient could'nt talk or move, but they still wanted to keep on living, they could'nt tell the doctors no. So for me i think that euthanasia is neither wrong or right.

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over 6 years ago

a person in pain who can't communicate with you doesn't mean that person wants to die.

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over 6 years ago

First of all, doctors don't euthanize patients without the patient's or the patient's family's consent.



Second of all, it's not cruel to let them die if they're in pain, although it IS cruel if you make them live through that pain and let them die naturally, SLOWLY, and PAINFULLY.



Put yourself in Terri Schiavo's shoes. Would YOU have wanted your only hope of life to be a feeding tube?



LT, you SICKEN me.

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over 6 years ago

Personal i belive that if a person is suffering and are beoned the point of recovey to which they would have a normal life i beleive that they should be allowed this choice. from my personal expereanse i have seen one of my grandfaters die and pain and if this had been a legal opption i would have wanted it but inly if my grandfather had to.

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over 6 years ago

First of All everyone should know that euthanasia is wrong. You should not take the life of a human without their permission(PERIOD). If they want to live in a harsh way let them do that, but dont take someones life away. God has the final say in what he wants to happen to that person. In a lot of situations today doctrs are always trying to be politically correct instead of listening to the person that they are doing this to. Euthanasia should be outlawed in all citys, states and the whole country. How would you like it to have your live by the hands of a cord and a doctor who thinks it best to put you to sleep.

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over 6 years ago

euthanasia iz ok really it iz cuz its lyk mercy in a shot how cool iz zat?

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over 6 years ago

well honestly, my opinion Even though i am Christian, an Open christian I think if you know for certain that you are going to die, and you want to end your suffering then you have the righ to do it.:// it's not always the best way to go, but who wants to spend the rest of their days in the hospital bed? suffereing constantly? I don't

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over 6 years ago

Why are people trying to take the place of God? Maybe its not that time for that person to die, you never know this could be a test of faith for that person. I believe that God is not going to let you live no longer on this earth than yoy want to live. When its your time to leave this planet called earth, you are going to leave whether you like it or not. The doctor's are not God Almighty, they should not have the right to take anybody's life. If they were sick, they wouldn't want the doctor to take their life. The doctor's that take anybody's life, they will be held accountable for taking that person's life when they stand before God on JUDGEMENT DAY!!!!!!!! SO DOCTOR'S BE PREPARED!!!! PRAY THAT GOD SHOW MERCY ON JUDGEMENT BECAUSE YOU DIDNT SHOW MERCY ON THAT PATIENT'S LIFE!!!!!!!! THE BIBLE SAYS THOU SHALT NOT KILL!!!!!!!! YOU SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW!!!!!!!!

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over 6 years ago

i beleive assisted suicide should be allowed cause what if they are sick of bering sick