Whach'a think and why?
Was Dr. Jack kevorkian wrongfully imprisoned?
No he wasn't wrongfully imprisoned.
He had no right to try to play God.
I've not heard of Dr Jack Kevorkian, but i do believe in euthansia if the person chooses it when they are in a position to make the decision. My husband has said to me, don't let me get into a state where I'm shitting myself all the time and don't know what's going on - don't let them them prolong my life. He'd hate that. If he was in this situation I'd probably help him do what he wanted.
I haven't followed the Kevorkian situation closely enough to comment, however I have been involved-as a family member or friend-in so many different deaths that I have a very staunch position on this one.
In certain situations, 'Euthanasia' should be administered. Believe me.
Thanks, qwark. Death sux, any way you look at it!
Lets hope that neither of us has to stare it in the face for many many years.
A toast to you and I:
May you live forever,
and I never die!
(Here's mud in your eye...:-))
Right back at ya!
And I don't care much about dying-at 53, I'm pretty much ok with the whole thing-so you can live forever, if you choose.
Thank ya kindly ma lady!...and ditto to you! :-)
Well, that did it...you've a new follower. I am a sucker for well-written flattery. :-)
...and what if the person wants to die with dignity and denies hospice care?
Who says dying in hospice is without dignity? I think snobs who look down on living out one's days with a terminal illness or disability are the ones who lack real dignity. A person who wears Depends and needs help going to the bathroom is more dignified than any healthy person who looks down on the sick or disabled.
Quality of life is whatever we make of it, and dignity is simply living honorably.
You didn't answer my question.
What if the "client" is of sound mind, in terrible pain, has little time to live, denies hospice care and wants to be euthanized?
You would not be compassionate and use legal euthanasia?
That would be cruel in my mind.
Did you miss the: "...and denies hospice care?" part of my comment?
That's only an opinion.
Why is that your opinion?
The "Folks" don't like tackling the "hard" ones...
Leaving aside the basic philosophical shift from extending life to ending life, you can't imagine the possibilities for abuse, error, and foul play in a system where such practices are allowed? Try hard, I bet you can.
I'd never support this practice. It's easy to say that one would evaluate on a case by case situation but this is not possible or practical. There are too many candidates and there would be too many people with such "deciding" power in which no two would agree. In a short time it would prove a judicial nightmare. From a governing standpoint a society would need to come out, outright, and legislate for a blanket policy for the practice for patients of set conditions or against it altogether.
I would be against it as I feel it is not in the right of the people to take, or assist thereof, a life from mortality except in conditions of capital punishment. We live in an age of epidemic "compromises" where we constantly justify our actions and the actions of society without any acknowledgement of right and wrong. This practice, in my own opinion, would classify as wrong - but, again, that's just my opinion.
I think that just because a persons body is failing does not mean their mind is. If a person is of sound mind this choice should be theirs. Probably not the politicaly corect answer but you asked for an opinion.
Just on a side note The American Indian Elders would when they felt they had outlived their time leave the tribe of their own accord to die peacfully and undisturbed.
I don't think it's just ONE group of people specifically that practiced this either anybody can go off and die in peace if they REALLY wanted to with nobody to stop them.
There is a difference between going off to die naturally on your own and killing yourself or having someone kill you.
I have seen death both ways, I know which is best in my view. Some people need assistance to die, and it should be there when needed.
Well, I guess that's part of the problem as many see it - those who think they "know best". I don't mean any criticism earnestshub, I just see the enormous opportunity for abuse.
I support legalizing euthanasia pretty strongly, but obviously there need to be precautions of some sort to prevent abuse as much as possible.
I just find it disgusting that we allow our pets to die more comfortably and peacefully than we allow ourselves to go. I held two beloved animals as they died and it was literally like they just went to sleep. Like many other people, I have a horror of dying in pain, and if it came down to a future of prolonged pain until my body finally manages to expire on its own or a peaceful suicide, I know which I'll choose.
Maybe, if it's controlled by a proper medical authority.
Here in the UK there have been a number of stories on this topic. There is a clinic in one of the european countries (cannot remember which just now) where they do practice assisted suicide. The legal problem here is when someone has deteriorated to a point where their suffering is so great they want to take this option its not easy to actually board a plane and fly there to be given a peaceful passing into the next world their loved ones may face charges for assisting them if they help the person get on that plane. It is very sad in my opinion that so many people are willing to take the fight to court during the remaining good part of their lives so that a loved one will be protected from prosecution when the inevitable happens.
Hi kirsten, yeh I think it's in Switzerland - the clinic is called Dignitas. It's good that these people have challenged the courts on this issue (I'm thinking of the lady with MS, can't rememberher name though), and can only thank them for their sacrifice in doing so. But it is sad that they have to use their time doing it, when they have such little time left.
I don't think anyone has yet actually be imprisoned for taking their relative to Swtitzerland? But as the law stands, you're right, they could be. I think our assisted suicide/euthanasia laws (in UK) are getting a bit of a shake up at the moment which is a good thing.
There was a story about a mother who was acquitted recently of murder for helping her daughter commit suicide. What caught me was the mother saying her daughter said 'mom I am to broken for anyone to fix me anymore' she could barely move without breaking a bone. I was glad to see this mom acquitted but wow how hard must all of that have been for her and her daughter
Yes, I'd forgotten about that one, but now you mention it I remember that she had to go to court etc. Really tough and heart wrenching stuff.
I actually believe it a very loving act. Assisted suicide can simply be placing some pills within arms reach and a cup of water. I'd hope my husband would do that for me if I asked him to.
(EDIT: He may do it without me asking, but that's another story, lol)
If that was your adult child and you knew her situation and had done your homework, realized she had fought the good fight but was going to continue to suffer the rest of her life and she asked to be euthanized, would you express your love for her and do as she wished?
I would and it would rip my heart to shreds!
Which would hurt the most, letting her continue on in terrible pain and agony for the remainder of her life, or fullfilling her desire?
I think the person and his relatives should decide for it, if everybody agrees then that is fine,
I am for legalizing it because I have seen many people suffer and then just waiting for their last breathe assisted with machines.
If euthanasia is legalized, the people who stand the greatest chance of cashing in on life insurance or an inheritance, and have the greatest chance of saving money on medical bills should be the ones to butt out the most.
Pressure to commit suicide in these cases comes from society, yes, but mostly from what passes for family.
Also there are cases when the patient has put no wishes into writing, and all we have is the word of one relative against that of the others.
Assisted death is something which I feel is humane, dignified and infinitely kinder than enforcing a prolonged and inevitable death onto someone with terminal illness.
People seeking assisted death are not trying to commit suicide - they are dying already. All they are asking for is freedom of choice, as I have explained in my Hub on this topic.
There aren't enough hospices for terminally ill people (to respond to a comment earlier in this thread.) Many people cannot afford sufficient medical help to ensure a pain-free and dignified decline. Others can afford such treatment yet do not wish to prolong the inevitable for their own reasons.
I think it is your life, you should be able to decide.
We all have to die, why can't we choose how or when?
I wasn't aware the youth in asia were illegal, must make parenting tough!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Its still murder.. might as well legalize all the killings that happen everyday..
I support it, and I think he was wronged.
A person has the right to do what they wish with their life- that includes living it or dying.
People have a right to die with dignity. Who are we to deny a tax paying citizen any of those rights? We are nobody, and so their rights should not be denied.
I am one who does not appreciate any government entity telling me, what I can or cannot do with my own body.
Ending or not ending suffering through euthanasia is a moral decision. Should someone's moral beliefs be justification to outlaw someone else's moral beliefs? Who is moral enough to tell others their beliefs are in error?
Governments never had a right to outlaw euthanasia or physician assisted suicide in the first place.
My thoughts - respectfully.
I applaud you!
The decision to end my life should be mine.
I'm not thinking in terms of "morality."
It should be a "right!"
I think Kevorkian was unjustly imprisoned. He did not physically assist anyone. All he did was supply the information, the prescribed medications and the mechanics to "assist" a human being in ending his life.
What's wrong with that? There was no "pressure" applied in any form.
A human being who wanted to end it, sought his advice and help as a physician.
I am for legalized euthanasia!
qwark - I do remember that Kevorkian "assisted" and did not personally euthanize anyone. Jail time seems a bit much for helping someone die with dignity.
A friend of my dad's had cancer and was in terrible pain. His wife found him in the back yard with his deer rifle...I won't describe the scene.
Too bad he couldn't have died with dignity.
Maybe we could all put a buttsheads name in a hat the butthead with the most votes gets nominated for a mercy killing to benefit the rest of us!
don't hospitals already sort of do that anyway? they turn off machines that keep people breathing and whatnot...
I absolutely support euthanasia. In my old occupation I witnessed a lot of suffering by people with various chronic/terminal illnesses, many of them in vegatative states and hooked up to tube feedings. Multiple complications arise such as decubitus ulcers prone to infection, recurrant pneumonia, intense pain from muscle contraction/spasms, chronic bladder infections....and on and on, plus the additional pain of whatever they were diagnosed with in the first place...brain cancer, anyone? Yes, it should be regulated and approached with great care, but in all my experience, I found that it was the dying not the death ("peace at last!")that inflicted profound discomfort. I think its because the body naturally resists the inevitable, and it takes awhile for most bodies to give up the fight.
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