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Assisted Suicide - Should We Be Allowed To Die With Dignity?

Updated on July 24, 2014

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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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?

Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

(For and Against)

This book looks at the arguments both for and against euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.

Product Description

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.

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      Vortrek Grafix 3 years ago

      It should be the inalienable right of the individual to have this choice unimpeded by others. No one likes the idea, but denying a suffering terminally ill patient their request for an end to irreversible agony is worse.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      I have seen enough pain and death in my family that i do thing something should be done with making this a right to die laws.

      Great lens Im sure this is going to be a very long debate and will go on an on.

      Keep up the good work and thanks for all the info.

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      Controversial serious topic but a great one...Thanks for the share.

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      madnessmerritt 5 years ago

      It is from love and compassion that I feel if some one is dying that we should allow them to go in peace. Yes pain is a part of life but so is compassion. If some one chooses to let it run its course and takes in every moment left then power to them, you really have to ask yourself, if every breath hurt, if I was trapped in my own mind would I want a paper of myself in my right mind to be used to end my pain and suffering, would I want the right to die, live or die with your choice, no regrets but don't stand in some ones way who has done the same and choose to be gone before the painful end.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We should change the direction we are going with assisted dying. You can only use this if used in Hospice situation, where the person is in pain and is going to die. We just lost our daughter to cancer of the brain, it took 14 days of watching her die. There must be instilled in peoples hearts that you should be able to end a lifeless body that is just breathing, and will never be the same. We could have let them feed her, run cemo and other tests and get another year. But she would have been in pain that hole time, I could not have lived through that. I thank God for Hospice they kept her in peace, and did what she wanted in her living will. And I wish we could have made her die sooner for her sake.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This lens gives everyone something to think about it. Nicely done!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      There are circumstance where I think one should have the right to choose death over suffering and prolonged death without dignity.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, very thoughtful.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      An excellent and thought provoking lens. Thanks for having the courage to make this lens. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      This is becoming a more and more talked about topic - it is important that this subject be discussed..it's becoming more popular by the minute! Great lens!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is an important subject which needs constant discussion. Well done - here are some April Angel Blessings. Also I have lensrolled to "Should Drugs be Decriminalized?" and "Why Make a Will? " and featured your lens on "Good Lenses Deserve Angel Blessings"

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      An important topic handled very well. Blessed by a squid angel 4-1-11.

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      halibound lm 6 years ago

      I really like that people are discussing this topic. by voicing opinions like this change may come to pass if it is popular enough an idea.

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      dryder 6 years ago

      Great work, made me really think

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Nicely done, covering all sides of this difficult issue. Blessed by a Society & Culture Squid Angel today.

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      Titia Geertman 7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Nice lens, good point. Even people should not have to suffer when there's no sight on improvement.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good job on a tough subject. Personally, I think only God has the right to take a life.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Great job on a difficult and controversial topic. Blessed by a squidoo angel.

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      This is one of the more controversial topics I've ever heard of. I can see where the religious and moral objections come in; where do you draw the line between murder and helping to ease someone's suffering? And if a person is so debilitated that he/she can't communicate and he/she hasn't documented his/her wishes in advance, how can you tell what he/she would have wanted?

      On the other hand, I think the price of health care as a whole would be a lot less if people were allowed to choose a dignified death. And there's quality of life to consider too; even for people who don't work in the health care industry, you can sort of tell who is just waiting for death if you walk into an assisted living facility and take a good look around.

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

      This one is a rough one. Good job on covering all the angles.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens for a tough debate! 5 stars - great job...

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Very important topic!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Nice work on a tough topic.