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Euthanasia
Posted 10/27/13
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Posted 10/29/13
As someone who has had animals put to sleep, I'm in favour of legalising euthanasia of humans in principle, There are things that worry me though. I remember reading a quote about it, which was along the lines of the right to die becoming an obligation to die. I can imagine an "inconvenient" elderly relative being encouraged to be euthanised so their children/grandchildren can get their hands on the inheritance. Plus, how do you know if someone really wants to die, and it's not just a reaction to finding out that they're permanently disabled or terminally ill? If it's ever legalised, there will need to be proper safeguards.

If it were up to me, I would legalise it, but make it so that it had to have some sort of official approval before someone could be euthanised (maybe through the courts?) so it couldn't be abused by greedy relatives.
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Posted 10/29/13
I think the court system would take too long in that case, depending on the situation. But safeguards definitely would be good.

I only ever had one dog and we had to put her down because of bad dog food back in December of 2006. That was sad...

As for elderly people... My great grandfather. Just over 2 months from his 100th birthday. He ended up in ICU on life support with a rather bad case of pneumonia. It was the hardest decision my grandma ever made to pull the machines.

So I think euthanasia (and I'm using the definition that it includes pulling the plug) should be used in cases where it looks like the person won't live... yes there might be a chance... but... usually there is a very small chance, and I'm sorry to have to bring money into a morality discussion, but fact is, can people really afford to keep people on life support for months? or even weeks?

That's the problem with cases like this... Even if your morality is against it, can you afford to keep someone alive on the very small chance they'll wake up? Sometimes, people will have to make hard decisions. And they might never be happy with emotionally, even if it was the right decision in the end.
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