(Closed) Since we seem to like potentially inflammatory issues, Doctor assisted suicide?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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 # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@crayfish:  Agreed.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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.

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