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Assisted Suicide - Dignitas
Posted 2/11/15
The argument over assisted suicide has been going on for a while and is nothing new but I would like to know...

Do you think what Dignitas do is right or wrong?
If you don't know what they do here's a link: http://www.dignitas.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20&lang=en

So, should assisted suicide be made legal? If so then on what conditions should someone be allowed to be assisted in their death?
Or should it carry on being illegal?
Debate away. But, please do respect other people's views as this is a touchy topic.
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Posted 2/11/15
A murder-suicide happened in my neighborhood and it was seen as shocking at first, but then when everyone learned his wife was constantly in pain even with medication and on top of that unable to move people now see it as mercy. The wife apparently asked for it from what family members say. As for what I think of it... I wouldn't say it is right as I never lived in their shoes, but regardless of your methods you will be arrested for premeditated murder and will be seen as a horrible person by many. I believe it should stay illegal. It puts doctors in a bad spot and mentally scars people who do it to people they love.
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Posted 2/11/15
at some point, you realize what you can live with and what you can not live with.
the choice to end you life. if i had Parkinson's disease, i don't want to live with that or put my family through that either. if i was bed ridden, then thats not a life i would want to live.
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Posted 2/11/15 , edited 2/11/15
I'm all for legalizing this. I don't think you should live for any price. Especially after hearing some really nasty stories about sick people starving themselves to death or killing themselves by other horrific means.

I've noticed as well that it's usually affected loved ones who hardcore advocate for assisted suicide. I can understand why.
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Posted 2/11/15
legalize it.

If someone chooses to die, they have a right to die.


Better they have a doctor do it for them, instead of them jumping off a building and terrifying bystanders.
Posted 2/11/15
it's my life and my body, if I want to end it, I don't have to give anybody any reasons to do so.
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Posted 2/11/15
Absolutely support, anybody opposing it has some serious inability to think for themselves.
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Posted 2/11/15
If I am dieing and it is something that is going to kill me no matter what I want to pick the time that I pass thank you very much prohibition against suicide in religion are there for the simple reason that it gave the priests more power over the masses that and they didn't have a better grasp on basic psychological issues like depression. We still don't but we are getting there.
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Posted 2/11/15
I'll never really understand the arguments against such things.

If you want to die(due to medical reasons anyways, i.e insufferable pain, inoperable tumour, MS and so on) you should be able to get help with it.
Posted 2/11/15
Life should end with a celebration. I'm all for assisted suicide following a farewell party.
Posted 2/11/15 , edited 2/11/15

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

legalize it.

If someone chooses to die, they have a right to die.


Better they have a doctor do it for them, instead of them jumping off a building and terrifying bystanders.


GayAsianBoy wrote:

it's my life and my body, if I want to end it, I don't have to give anybody any reasons to do so.


I'm against some forms of what you said. Especially with the healthy but suicidal. Very few people want to die if they can help it. Even if someone is depressed, it's a mental illness that needs to be treated, nothing more. I'm against it if the person is reasonably healthy. I don't want people to commit suicide if they can help it, it's too sad.
Posted 2/11/15
The cnditins set forth by the Dignitas is a bit too much and sort of unfair.
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Posted 2/11/15
I wish that it got legalised in Scotland. One of Scotland's best politicians had the guts to try and get it passed in parliament but unfortunately it failed. She's no longer with us unfortunately but I still hope that we will get this legalised. I believe it's a person's right to decide to live or to die.

She did a lot of research on it too. In countries where it is legal, they have a lot of safeguards to it. Dignitas do a very good job of making sure that it's the person who has to kill themselves - I don't think it's bad that they're giving people the choice to do it.
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Posted 2/11/15 , edited 2/11/15
I am in favor of allowing physician-assisted suicide. It's a really hairy situation, though. I foresee many problems.

The problems mainly lie in the procedures we have to go through to get permission for one. What does the terminally ill patient have to do to provide express permission? What if his illness prevents him from doing that? Should families be allowed to provide consent for a loved one? What measures can be taken to prevent mistake? Should the patient be allowed to choose the doctor that fulfills this request? How long should the approval process take? Etc.

There are also moral ramifications with this. Will many doctors be able to handle it? How will society react to doctors who do this? Should doctors be paid more to do this? Will this cause doctors to make very dire diagnoses that cause a patient to choose assisted suicide since doctors know they will be paid? What would happen if doctors received no or little pay for performing assisted suicides?

I do not support assisted suicide if no competent medical professionals are involved. There's no need to bring back 'executioner' as a job description.
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Posted 2/11/15
I support it, there is no way we can know or even fathom the tremendous pain those people are going through. It's easy for us to see them as being selfish to their loved ones but sometimes it is important to realize that there is no hope regardless of how painful getting to that conclusion might be. It is not always about being alive, the quality of life matters as well especially if there is no alternative. So I think it should be legalized and should only be used as the ultimate final resort when all hope is pretty much lost. I know that I would want someone to have mercy on me and do the same for me. I actually see this as an act of compassion.
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