Assisted Suicide - Should We Be Allowed To Die With Dignity?
Should life be preserved at all costs or should physician assisted suicide be legalized?
There are numerous debates about the legality of assisted suicide, some people argue that physician assisted suicide is immoral, they have religious objections to assisted suicide, whilst others believe that they should be able to end their suffering in a manner and time which suits them and die with dignity.
The subject of physician assisted suicide has recently reared its head again with the double assisted suicide of the British Conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife at a clinic in Switzerland.
The story is unusual in that only Sir Edward's wife was terminally ill but, almost blind and going deaf, Edward Downes decided to end his life with his wife rather than "continue to struggle with serious health problems".
But, should we have the right to die, the right to choose the time and manner of our own death?
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Should people have the right to choose the time and manner of their own death?
The Demand For Physician Assisted Suicide Is On The Increase. - What are the pros and cons of assisted suicide and should physician assisted suicide should be l
These days there seems to be a growing demand to introduce legislation that gives terminally ill patients the right to choose the right to die in the manner and at a time of their choice.
Terminally ill people in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland as well as certain States in the US have a right to assisted suicide, (with the approval of two doctors and a panel of experts), yet people in the UK and elsewhere have to travel abroad at a time of great suffering in order to get assistance to end their suffering in a peaceful and dignified way.
When somebody makes a rational decision that their quality of life will deteriorate to such a level that it makes life unbearable for them do we have the right to deny them the opportunity to die with dignity at a place and time which suits them and with medical assistance to ensure that there are no mistakes?
Perhaps we can't fully make up our minds on a subject as serious as assisted suicide until the unspeakable happens and we have no choice but to explore all the options available to us. But, for or aginst it, please add your thoughts to the debate on assisted suicide and please feel free to retweet the debate if you wish to do so.
Do you think that assisted suicide should be legalised?
News About The Campaigns To Legalise Assisted Suicide
- Peter Saunders: It is right that Scotland has rejected assisted suicide | Christian News on Christia
Christian Today > Margo MacDonald's controversial Bill to legalise assisted suicide has suffered a heavy defeat in the Scottish Parliament. Dr Peter Saunders, of the Care Not Killing Alliance, says it should settle this issue in Scotland for a gen
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
(For and Against)
The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fuelled by cases that extend far beyond passive euthanasia to the active consideration of killing by physicians. The need for a sophisticated but lucid exposition of the two sides of the argument is now urgent. This book supplies that need. Two prominent philosophers, Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey present the case for legalization of physician-assisted suicide. One of the best-known ethicists in the US, Sissela Bok, argues the case against.
- 17 Provocative Quotes Against Assisted Suicide From People With Disabilities | Bindings: Reflections
17 Provocative Quotes Against Assisted Suicide From People With Disabilities
- Film to spark 'right-to-die' debate
The last moments of a terminally ill man who travelled to an assisted suicide clinic to end his life will be shown in a documentary presented by best-selling author Sir Terry Pratchett.
- Emmerdale's Jackson Walsh 'set to die in controversial assisted suicide plotline'
They've just been through a traumatic hostage drama - now Emmerdale is set to go through with a controversial assisted suicide storyline.
- Star Trek Star Patrick Stewart's Suicide Support Pact
Star Trek and X Men star Sir Patrick Stewart has become patron of assisted suicide organisation Dignity in Dying.
- Britons die at Dignitas suicide clinic in record numbers
The number of British suicides at the Zurich clinic has risen from an average of 14 a year between 2002 and 2007 to about 25 a year from 2008-2010.
Articles About Assisted Suicide
- A law on assisted dying would be merciful
Editorial: What the Purdy case clearly shows, is that ambiguity is the source of most anguish
- The Dignitas experience: 'It was all a bit scruffy, but it didn't seem to matter'
John Larrett, who accompanied his terminally ill wife to Dignitas in 2003, talks about their experience
More Reading For Those Interested In Finding Out More About Assisted Sucide
Final Exit is also available on Amazon UK
Assisted Suicide Useful Links
- Death with Dignity National Center
This past spring, the Death with Dignity Act was widely recognized and lauded for being a safe, compassionate law providing comfort and peace of mind to terminally ill adults. The Oregon Department of Human Services' (DHS)11th annual report detailing
- Compassion & Choices
Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization, improves care and expands choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate.
- World Federation of Right to Die Societies
The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 38 right to die organizations from 23 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the en
- Final Exit Network
Until laws protect the right of every adult to a peaceful, dignified death, Final Exit Network will be there to support those who need relief from their suffering today!
- Dignity in Dying
Dignity in Dying campaign for greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life. We believe that people should have more control over how, where and when they die. Greater choice includes giving mentally competent, terminally ill adul
- Dying With Dignity Victoria - Respect for the right to choose
The overwhelming majority of Australians (80%) believe that terminally ill individuals should have a right to seek and obtain assistance to end their life with dignity. That right does not exist.
- Dignity NZ - Welcome
We share with all forms of life the certainty of death. It is natural for us to hope that it will come to us peacefully and without prolonged suffering or distress. This hope however is not always fully realised and under our current legislation, peo
DIGNITAS - Some Information in English
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