Post # 1
Hello bees! hope everyone is doing well.
I am currently working on upgrading some highschool courses and am currently taking “Understanding Canadian Law”. Now one of my assignments is to create an argument on assisted suicide and euthanasia, whether I am for or against it. Now, I have really had a tough time deciding where I stand on the matter, and am having an even harder time finding facts or expert opinions.
I started wondering what other people thought about it all, and since I have no social life I figured I would ask the wonderful bee community!!
So, what is your stance? and if you want to add, why? Also, is it legal where you are?
Post # 3
I’m not ready to go yet, but when I am, I’ll let you know 😉
In seriousness, I think it is my inalienable human right to make my own decison to live or die, and I should only be protected from my decision if I’m in an altered state (temporary suicidal impulse due to a mood disorder or something). Otherwise I know my FI will make sure my wishes are seen to, be it legal or otherwise! It isn’t the kind of thing I feel can be legislated away from me. BTW, I would only choose it if I were in a state of chronic severe pain that could not be treated with painkillers, or if I were braindead (FI has been pre-warned on the latter). Otherwise I’m here to stay… I’m aiming to hit 120!
Post # 4
I’m for it. I don’t understand why suicide is looked at as such a bad thing; I’m guessing a lot of it has to do with insurance.
Post # 5
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I am for it when the person is terminally ill.
Post # 6
I’m for it, but I do think there needs to be some guidelines.
I do think it’s rather sad that we can put our pets to sleep and that’s considered a kindness, but our human loved ones must suffer until the very end.
Post # 7
While I was in college I had to take a medical ethics class and this was one of the biggest topics we covered. If you’re looking for some information on the side FOR assisted suicide and sustaining of life against patients wishes, the Dax Cowart case is a good place to start and also pretty famous. Hope that helps!
Post # 8
I’m for it. I personally see no reason to suffer needlessly. My father had terminal lung cancer, and he was fortunate enough to pass away from renal failure before the cancer got him. I can tell you his last 2 weeks were nothing but suffering. He wanted to go home and die in peace, and he couldn’t. He was lucky that we were able to get him transfered to a hospice facility that understood his wishes and kept him as pain free as possible, but he still experienced a lot of pain. I would never allow someone to forcibly keep me alive if I was terminal, and if I didn’t have a physician assisted option at that point, I would take care of it myself.
Post # 9
I am for it. I can’t tell you much about what restrictions I feel should be placed around it, but when someone is terminally ill and just laying around waiting to die, I find it to be extremely inhumane to make them suffer and not allow them to decide when they are ready. We don’t do that to our pets even.
However I understand why it’s such a difficult topic and why it would be so hard to regulate and the possible implications. Legal and otherwise.
Post # 10
I am for it with strict guidelines. It is not legal here.
Post # 11
I am for it and glad I live in a state that allows it. It alleviates a lot of needless suffering in the end for many. I think it’s the humane thing to do for people that want it.
Post # 12
I am for it. I think it is ridiculous that a person can refuse to eat, drink, take their other meds and essentially just waste away but they can’t make the decision I want it to all stop now. I think there needs to be strict guidelines, terminal illness etc.
Post # 13
Why shouldn’t we treat people as humanely as we do our pets?
Post # 14
I think when someone is terminally ill they should be allowed to make that choice. We don’t allow our animals to suffer, so why is it ok to make humans suffer? I’ve heard that How to die in Oregon is a good documentary on assisted suicide. I have it on my Netflix queue but haven’t watched it yet. A big advocated for assisted suicide in the UK is author Terry Pratchet. I know there are many youtube videos of him giving talks about it. Hopefully those sources help.
Post # 15
Thanks for all of the feedback!
The references and stories will definitely help me write my argument. The more I think about it, the more I am for it, of course with some seriously strict guidelines.
Post # 16
There was a really great article about it written by a judge.
She was against it until she watched her mother die of terminal cancer. She was in excruciating pain, and had no way out and no chance of survival.
I think for terminal patients in great pain in the last stages of their illness, it’s a great option to have on the table.