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Assisted "suicide" as opposed to Assisted "death"

Updated on December 13, 2010

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In my own personal experiance hospitals and doctors have assisted in the "deaths" of  patients who are considered terminally ill with the consent of the family.How this is done legally I don't know? But it is done!

The way I see it the hospital administration may see that  certain goverment agencies that want to save money and are not willing to spend money on what are terminal illnesses, insurance companies and family members  who can no longer pay for further treatment which in the judgment of the doctors involved will not  "waste time and money" on a patients who in their judgement are going to die very soon anyway so they get together with the family to agree to the quiet "putting to sleep" of the patient.In our case it was our mother who had late stage colon cancer.

Personally,I believe that the cures as well as prevention of cancers of all kinds exist.

It's my understanding that cancer and most other illnesses are the direct result of our mental awareness,or I should say unawareness and our emotional state.

It seems to me that their is a loophole in the law that allows assisted "Death" but not assisted suicide in most states.

The only difference I see is the patient is the only one not aware that this is going on between the doctors and the family because at the time they are unconsious in the operating room.

On one hand it's illegal for a patient to commit suicide while at the same time we permit assisted "death" by leathal injection with death inducing drugs to stop the heart from pumping causing death.

The fact that the patients pain is unbearable alone should make one pause and think about putting themselves in the patients shoes,however difficult that might be.Then decide wheather what the patient wants or what the family wants is morally and legally the right thing to do.

I writing this in memory of my mother who died without choosing to,at least not consciously.

I have nothing against assisted suicide as long as it is a "sane" choice by the patient who is at least 18 years old and can make their own decision's.Psychology has a role to play here too. Some people are in a mental state at the time that precludes a rational desison on their part.I'm refering here to times of great emotional distress .I think all of us have gone through emotional distress in at least one time in our lives. I can say that I have at least and that it was not at time in my life when I could have rational thoughts about my feelings.We have many military suicides.I can't say I personally know anyone who has commited suicide so I don't think that I could say that I know why they committed suicide.I can't help but wonder if some of those who voluntarily enter the military are mentally unstable and consciously or unconsciously wanted to commit suicide almost like some people who die in a gunfight with police intentionally wanting to die in the process of the confrontation.

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      Ankush Kohli 

      7 years ago from India

      I think nobody owns someone's life. A doctor's duty is to give someone new life not death. Whenever a person dies, it gives pain to many of his loved ones. But if someone is lot of pain and neither dying of living a normal life, that's exactly the time when the question arises of one's right to choose to death and my opinion is it should be given to a person like a normal will of wealth. It could be a collective decision of a family in case of unconscious person as well. Nobody like to kill their dear ones but nobody could also tolerate to see them in pain or without any feeling. But, at least i would like doctors to refrain from doing so. Let the family do it itself or may be a hangman or some other department should be created for it.


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