Post # 1
Just curious what other people think. We have had the pro-life/pro-choice arguments made for fetuses. So how do you feel aboout medically terminating life at the other end of it? And do you differeinate between removing technology to allow death on brain dead patients (Pulling the Plug) or allowing terminal patients to die by opiate OD of their own choice to avoid a slow and painful death? When is it okay to stop giving life saving technology and when is it better to help somone die?
Personally, if I were ever in a brain dead state, with no chance for living a meaningful life (as in being able to speak or communicate, and live outside a hospital bed) I would not want to continue to live only through a machine. I also after a certain point in my life would not want heroic measures taken. I mean yeah if I got in a car crash tomorrow and needed CPR I would want it. But 70 or 80 years from now…not so much.
I am torn on actual doctor assisted suicide of non-brain dead, lucid but terminal patients. I think at some point, when a person IS going to die, no other medical possibilities exsist, just letting them waste away is a fairly awful way to die. And sometimes too on patients where they are “pulling the plug” they stop tube feedings or turn off the vent which amounts to straving to death or sufficating. While I see how it could be abused, I would much rather go to sleep with a little too much morphine than the atlernatives.
So, what do you think? Good thing? Bad thing? Horrific thing? What do you think for you personally and what about your love ones?
Post # 3
I think people should absolutely be able to end their lives in a humane way. I’m pro-choice in every way – people should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies.
Post # 4
I won’t comment on your topic but I do agree it’s been ‘post every controversial topic you can think of’ week on the Bee!
Post # 5
I support it 100%. The last two months of my Mother’s life were horrible. Cancer had spread to her spine and brain and even “enough morphine to kill an elephant” was not enough to handle the pain. She didn’t even recognize family at that point. I prayed for her death daily during those two months and doctor-assisted suicide would have been a true blessing.
Post # 6
I think it’s cruel to force someone to continue living if they don’t want to but obviously there’s a huge grey area here. I’m not saying that we should look the other way when someone is severely depressed or something but in cases of the elderly and very sick individuals, they should have control of their fate. If these people are suffering and want for it to all be over then society should let them make that choice. Who are we to tell them that have to continue suffering until they pass away on their own? If you ask me, that’s the definition of inhumane.
As for doctor assisted with drugs vs. withholding what’s keeping them alive, I’d much rather drift off to sleep than suffer through not being able to breathe or starving to death. Even in the state that these people are in, I’m sure they can feel every second of that agony.
Post # 7
I think people should have a right to have doctor assisted suicide. I think there should be rules such as they have the be terminally ill or like if they have cancer and aren’t beating it and are suffering. I don’t think anyone should just be able to go to the doctor and say I want to die but if you have a real reason, I think it should be an option. We all put our animals to sleep when they are close to death and suffering so if a person is suffering and is ready to go, who are we to tell them no? We give our animals the blessing of not suffering but if you’re a human then you have no options?
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix. I think it was called Suicide Tourist or something similar. It was a man who had a terminal disease and he was slowly losing all his ability to move and do everyday things and it would be a slow painful death. He traveled to another country where assisted suicide is legal. His wife came with him and he had his chance to say his goodbyes. He drank a special medicine and slowly fell asleep and just never woke up. It was a sad documentary but interesting. All assisted suicides there had to be approved and the medicine had to be prescribed. It was organized and you had to meet certain criteria. I don’t see why you can’t do that everywhere.
Post # 8
@MsMadHatter: interesting. which country did he travel to?
Post # 9
@hisgoosiegirl: I noticed that too, and they seemed civil so I thought it might be interesting!
Post # 11
@KT808: I totally agree. People should be able to choose what they want to do with their own bodies, so long as they are not causing harm to others. If I am in a great deal of pain/suffering and have little to no chance of recovery, I wouldn’t want to keep living. I also wouldn’t want to ‘live’ with just machines keeping me alive…
Post # 12
i dont know if anyone has seen the documentary ‘How to die in Oregon’ if you havent, please do check it out. everyone should have the right to choose when to ‘go’
if i ever found myself in a situation where i was suffering i wouldnt want the gov. telling me ending it isnt an option. not their choice to make.
Post # 13
After watching my cat struggle with her last few days of living, I’m all for it. If they so choose, people should be allowed to die with dignity on their own terms. Law be damned.
Post # 14
@purpleginger: I honestly don’t remember, I watched it a few months ago but I just googled it and you can watch it online here. It was very touching, interesting, and sad. The whole thing describes his plans and then it documents him talking and telling his story and why he is doing this and the cameras stay with him until the end.
ETA: I just saw on the site I linked that it was Switzerland
Post # 15
To keep it short and sweet: I work in hospice. I 100% am for medically assisted suicides for the terminally ill that are cognizant and want it of their own accord.
Post # 16
If people have a right to live, they should have a right to die. I even support it for people with severe disabilities who are not terminally ill per se, but suffer too much to lead a bearable life.