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Post Reply Should a person who is suffering from a terminal illness be able to end their life?
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Posted 8/5/17 , edited 8/5/17
We already do it in Canada for precisely the reason you pose.

My only concern is with doctors giving bad prognosis. Essentially, sometimes doctors are wrong. It happens. Would suck if someone cut their life short because of a bad mistake of a single person.
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Posted 8/5/17 , edited 8/6/17

riverjustice wrote:


XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

Yes. Period.


No.

Who made you the arbiter of someone's life?
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Posted 8/6/17
This reminds me of the Terri Schiavo case that happened over a decade ago.

That was an intense and polarizing debate on the issue.
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XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

Who made you the arbiter of someone's life?


The Constitution did. Or rather, it made our society that. Answers to any moral question will place restrictions on someone. Weapons-free zones and gun laws reduce people's ability to arm themselves. Truth in advertising laws restrict what we can say. Dress codes and school uniforms restrict what we can wear. "Don't steal" reduces my ability to act, but we accept it as part of society.
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in all honesty, not to take it down a dark and morbid path, it would save on out of pocket expenses to take care of these sick individuals either in a specialized home or personal individual. it would also help with over population. granted this must be done only when the person is mentally aware of the situation. we can't just off grandma because we're sick and tired of dealing with her mild confusion, sometimes accidents and otherwise a sound and physical situation. now, if grandma had incurable brain cancer then that could be a considered possibility. same goes with people suffering from some sort of disease, such as HIV, plague, etc. even back when the official plague was in full blown effect there were "mercy killings" the same as what we got going on today.

however, here comes to true test of the situation, even if a person is suffering, if they do decide to freely take their own life, does that not mean that we have walked down a path that they are going to hell? just an idea here, after all, those who kill themselves don't get into heaven. not to mention what of those doctors who kill them. just morbid thoughts as always...
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Posted 8/6/17
Yes.
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yes but their should be multiple legal and medical regulations involved.
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in all honesty, not to take it down a dark and morbid path, it would save on out of pocket expenses to take care of these sick individuals either in a specialized home or personal individual. it would also help with over population. granted this must be done only when the person is mentally aware of the situation. we can't just off grandma because we're sick and tired of dealing with her mild confusion, sometimes accidents and otherwise a sound and physical situation. now, if grandma had incurable brain cancer then that could be a considered possibility. same goes with people suffering from some sort of disease, such as HIV, plague, etc. even back when the official plague was in full blown effect there were "mercy killings" the same as what we got going on today.

however, here comes to true test of the situation, even if a person is suffering, if they do decide to freely take their own life, does that not mean that we have walked down a path that they are going to hell? just an idea here, after all, those who kill themselves don't get into heaven. not to mention what of those doctors who kill them. just morbid thoughts as always...


Not to nitpick but I think you meant AIDS not HIV. There are many people who live long productive lives with HIV. Also... if the Bubonic Plague is what your referring to... you do know that can be cured with readily available antibiotics right?

TO the OPs question, here is my take on it...Yes I think we should have world wide assisted suicide however this should come with conditions.
#1 Any life insurance policy should be null and void, except in the cases where the patient as outstanding medical bills. If you dont understand how life insurance would affect anything... think about it for a sec
#2 The patient must be able to prove they are suffering to receive this treatment. For instance someone diagnosed with cancer could argue they are terminal because treatment may or may not work and "opt out" of the rest of their life. Whereas if they lived a bit longer their cancer may have gone into remission or they might have had 1-5years of suffering free life left.
#3 This should not be covered by any health insurance. Sure it may save some money in the long run, however I think if your about to end your life you should be able to come up with $100 for a syringe or a pill. Also from the insurance side of things... people may try to rack up huge bills with experimental treatment and then end their life leaving the insurance company with millions of dollars of debt(Since with ACA ther is no lifetime caps on treatment)
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I suppose, though I don't it should absolutely never go unchallenged (between close family and friends, at least). I think it's wrong for anyone to be forced to kill, however. Find a doctor or whatever who's willing, or "too bad."
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niotabunny wrote:

in all honesty, not to take it down a dark and morbid path, it would save on out of pocket expenses to take care of these sick individuals either in a specialized home or personal individual. it would also help with over population. granted this must be done only when the person is mentally aware of the situation. we can't just off grandma because we're sick and tired of dealing with her mild confusion, sometimes accidents and otherwise a sound and physical situation. now, if grandma had incurable brain cancer then that could be a considered possibility. same goes with people suffering from some sort of disease, such as HIV, plague, etc. even back when the official plague was in full blown effect there were "mercy killings" the same as what we got going on today.

however, here comes to true test of the situation, even if a person is suffering, if they do decide to freely take their own life, does that not mean that we have walked down a path that they are going to hell? just an idea here, after all, those who kill themselves don't get into heaven. not to mention what of those doctors who kill them. just morbid thoughts as always...


A person that doesn't believe in heaven,and hell won't care what awaits them after their life comes to end. Plus there is no actual evidence that someone who commits suicide,or assists with it ends up in hell so why should we even be worried?

As for the OP's question, I have no problem with someone suffering with a terminal illness ending their own life.
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Cardamom_Ginger wrote:

I suppose, though I don't it should absolutely never go unchallenged (between close family and friends, at least). I think it's wrong for anyone to be forced to kill, however. Find a doctor or whatever who's willing, or "too bad."


Assisted suicide isnt really assisted. Traditionally speaking its an IV with a release of a lethal toxin the recipient self doses whenever they are ready. Alternatively their are pills to do the same thing. Assisted suicide pretty much just means a doctor gives you what you need to die a quick clean death.
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Yes, so long as it is there choice
And so long as they are given time to settle whatever affairs they may be involved (usually finalizing a will and meeting with family a last time)

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Posted 8/6/17
I think they should be able to. It is their body and if the rest of their life is going to be lived out in agony, then they should be able to opt out before going through all the pain.
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Posted 8/6/17
No.
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Yea, they should have the same right to end their own life like anyone who is able to do it for themselves.
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