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Suicide Law in UK 'Would Lead to 1000 Deaths a Year'


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Anna
- 3011 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
More than a thousand Britons will die by doctor-assisted suicide each year if a U.S. law is imported, a think-tank will tell MPs and peers today.Safeguards to limit the law to those patients who are terminally ill will also become meaningless as some.....



   

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Jae A (316)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:15 am
That upsets a lot of the health care $y$tem no doubt but I think each person should have the rigth to make that decision for themselves when fatally ill. That is far less than the numbers killed in hospitals around the world or in a single country each year due to 'mistakes' during surgery, or when giving medications, and due to improper diagnosis
 

Teresa K (33)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 12:00 pm
Yes Jae, Every person should have the right to death on their terms!!!!
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 12:59 pm
Or linger in a coma or constant pain, which ever brings in the highest dollars.
 

Nancy sands (448)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:01 pm
Calling Dr. Kevorkian!
 

Sharon S (8)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:08 pm
There are scaremongers out there that are making this out to be a horrible thing. Since Oregon has had the control over this and it is not rampant in their assisted-suicide deaths why make a montain out of a molehill. At least there is one state in our Union doing the right thing. If I ever get terminal with anything I will be moving to Oregon. If I cannot take care of myself I do not want to be here. My mom had full care and I could not stand it but I had not choice. She had demention into Alzheimers. It was awful. But she had her own mind until she didn't and would not have one that route. Had she really known how she would end up she my have. I know I will not end up cared for totlly by strangers. No way no how. We come into the world naked-wrinkled-being taken care of until we can do it ourselves and we go out the same way. She was my 84 year old "kid". I hated it. She didn't have a clue which was good but it was also bad. If the assisted suicide is done right it is a good thing. All things can turn bad if greed and corruption get in the way. Hopefully smarter heads will prevail.
 

Margaret Skinner (94)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm
yes I agree,if an animal is terminally ill they are put out of their misery..so if human's are in pain ,they should have the right to decide if they want to stay or go....
 

Casey Loufek (11)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:28 pm
I cannot see how any one could oppose such a measure. They just talk about numbers, totally ignoring the fact that they are the ones who want to take away freedom from these people. We all die someday and it is none of the state's business if people choose voluntary euthanasia.
 

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:39 pm
I live in Oregon. I don't see piles of bodies out my window. I have health care directive made out- no feeding tubes, no extra measures, just pain med. Most doctors will tell terminal patients what a lethal dose is anyhow.
My step grandmother had a form made out after seeing the horrible cancer death my grandfather endured. Unfortunately, she moved back to Puerto Rico where it was NOT honored when she was dying from cancer. They kept her hooked up for months.Caution: make sure your state honors your directives, give a copy to trusted friends, your hospital and doctor.
 

Judith H (27)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:08 pm
Sorry but every human has the right to die with dignity!
 

Brian M (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:11 pm
Unfortunately this is about as likely to become available in the U.S. of A. as the removal of DADT, Doma, the legalization or even decriminalization of marijuana, or gay marriage. This country just keeps falling further and further behind other civilized nations in social issues and causes. Go ahead, vote Republican and by all means keep those tithes flowing into the right wing Christian churches. We can eventually be on a par with third world nations.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:15 pm
Assisted suicide rocks!
 

Carolyn Munro (37)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:21 pm
I have always had a fear of dieing without dignity
I made my wil out in 2002 and it has orders to pull the plug if dieing

But I have since changed my mind. I am a fighter and I beleive given some time cures will be found. as long as I am not in horrible pain and not a burden on any one I wil fight to live.
I am in contant pain now 24/7 I must take morphine pills to handle this pain so to live a while longer in pain whon't make much difference if a cure could be found except cancer of course, Time runs out with that
 

Carolyn Munro (37)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:22 pm
I have always had a fear of dieing without dignity
I made my wil out in 2002 and it has orders to pull the plug if dieing

But I have since changed my mind. I am a fighter and I beleive given some time cures will be found. as long as I am not in horrible pain and not a burden on any one I wil fight to live.
I am in contant pain now 24/7 I must take morphine pills to handle this pain so to live a while longer in pain whon't make much difference if a cure could be found except cancer of course, Time runs out with that
 

Jennifer M (78)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:40 pm
What's the big deal? It's their lives. Nobody should be able to tell a person they can't take their own lives. I know it's hard for some to comprehend, but seriously, it's not your decision.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:42 pm
I would like to support assisted suicide but with grave reservations. I worry about those who suffer depression,
and agree with Lord Carlile on this point. Having worked with alternative therapies I see that in many cases there are other avenues to alleviate pain and suffering. Still, I have worked with a few people who I thought would have preferred assisted suicide but who clung to the wonders of life just through their eyes when their bodies could no long move from accidents or MS. I would not want anyone to suffer but I remember when treating cancer was a hopeless battle and the pain relief medicines were not very effective. Now there are treatments for cancer that have wonderful and miraculous successes, and the new forms of timed pain relief is a godsend. I do worry that those who are in the throws of a disease sometimes are more affected emotionally than they realise and their decision making processes are affected too.

If and when the suicides would be allowed, I certainly wouldn't want to decide.
 

Margaret R (7)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:56 pm
I am a very well and healthy almost 71-year-old who would be devastated by a major illness. So just let me go peacefully and quickly. I saw those sad sacks in the nursing home when my mother was placed there. Tied in to their wheelchairs, leaning out as far as they could, crying "help me, help me". That ain't for me! When I know it's time to go to eternity, then I'll do it...one way or the other, with or without the doctor's help.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:10 pm
Thanks Anna.

If only the restraints were enforced; frequently making something legal can lead to making it mandatory. e.g. abortion in China. If you want to do anything, do it yourself; don't leave it to others, who might (with the best will in the world) not do it when you want, where you want, or how you want. e.g. how many wills are disputed and the beneficiaries listed there not get what the testator wanted. Take a look at George Bernard Shaw's will!

Assisted suicide can result in the dead person's loved ones going to jail for doing their loved one's wishes. This is a murky topic.
 

(0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:12 pm
I think we should have the choice when we're old or terminal and just don't want to suffer.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:27 pm
Noted & thanks Anna. Your life is your only true personal possession. What you do with it after you realize the "I Am Me" awareness, should be your own choice. Regardless of illness, mental or physical. Your life is to do with what You choose. Isn't that what many billiions of humans have fought for? Freedom to choose or of choice? If I choose death over the life I am now experiencing, I am the Only one in a position to know the good versus the negative balance in my life - no one else is Me. If I choose death, I will make sure I have met my personal responsiblities to others, to the best of my abilities. If those others try to make guilt a responsiblility of mine, I will reject it. That will be their problem & responsiblity in their own life - not mine. Whoever or whatever groups of humans, over the time of human civilizations, made personal suicide illegal, want and wanted control over individuals who are not themselves. Any of you who read this know "who they" the controllers are. I do not recognize any of those authorities over My Life. I am for assisted suicide.
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:37 pm
Dying with dignity should (without a doubt) be a personal legal option in a sane world. Most of us know the people who do not want this are hospitals, insurance companies, people who make money off of long illness and suffering. Greed should not have a say over a persons lives choices. We love our pets and say I do not want them to suffer this unending torture and we put them down to be kind. When it comes to people some family members are not ready to let go of a loved one and that is a selfish reason to keep a dear one alive. The rest is big business not wanting to lose all the money they make on forcing so called care on you.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:39 pm
Dying with dignity for all !!
 

Janyce S (12)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:51 pm
thanks. noted
 

Pamela K (13)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:56 pm
This is a difficult topic and there are no easy answers. Although there is potential for abuse, I believe for the most part that such a law will be used as intended--to let people meet death under their own terms. I would recommend a Spanish film titled "The Sea Inside". It is a true story of a man who became parylized as a young man in a swimming accident in the mid 20th century when options for quadriplegics to lead meaningful lives was limited. He fought for 28 years to be allowed assisted suicide but was denied. In the end, some unknown friends helped him obtain the means to end his own life. It is a heart-wrenching film, very well done, told from the perspective of the injured man. It makes you think.
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 4:04 pm
WTH people should have the right to die with dignity
 

CollieGirl cg (26)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 4:05 pm
I am very conflicted about this. As a Christian I believe suicide is wrong. But I have never forgot my mother telling me, that when her mother was dieing with cancer, drugs no longer helping with the pain, that her mother begged to be shot by someone in the family. This was a long time ago, living on a farm. My heart broke hearing how my grandmother so deeply suffered, crying out all the time in so much pain.
The doctors are going to have to be very responsible in dealing with why someone is asking to die. If they are in excruciating pain and it will only get worse until they die, it sure isn't up to me to judge a persons decision to end their life prematurely. It would be best if there is a board of doctor's that scrutinize each persons request and to make their decision based on truly helping to end the persons suffering. If it is depression, drugs may help - but the reason for the depression? Someone living in pain every second of every day for any reason, not able to be productive, just barely existing is a serious enough reason for many as well.
Suicide is not a decision any person takes lightly, irregardless of the reason, since it is inherrent in every creature to fight to live. My heart and prayers go to all that are in this position.
 

Kaye S (45)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 4:21 pm
That doesn't seem right
 

Karen E. (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 5:01 pm
I am in favor of assisted suicide. I do not want to "linger" and I don't want to watch me parents "linger", but it must be done ethically. Perhaps a 2nd doctor to "sign off" - so there is more that one professional opinion and the patient should select an advocate, be it friend, family or trusted professional in case the patient is unable to communicate their wishes.
 

Carolyn Munro (37)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 5:15 pm
I know what pain is. 10 years ago I broke my knee with a fall. 2 months later thr pain in my foot and leg was meriful. Big problem, my doctor would not beleive me, I begged for pain relief and he had deaf ears. My best friend bought every kind of pain pill she could buy, still no relief . I went through this horrid pain for 18 months

Finally I begged the doc to cut off my leg then he knew hey, maybe she is in pain, With tests damaged nerves with the fracture. If dieing and pain worse than that which is all through me now, then I can't live with that kind of force of pain. I have great relief now with a morphine pills well not pure morphine and no I have no side effects and not addicted

My big worry is people who are depressed. Depression can swirl a person;s thought process and not realize what they are asking. Death is so final. NO coming back with a pill or needle so it takes one with a sound mind to make the descision of A.S.

I know cause before the doc would give me me anything for pain I was very depressed and in a wheelchair as the pain my legs were like wet noodles, I could not walk and doc said he didn't think I ever would. I fooled everyone 5 years later. it took everyhtng I had but with much less pain , my head was on staright. I wanted to live and realiszed I had a life to live and a lot to look forward too. Depression can harm the body and soul so very much
So in many cases that I have a very different outlook when no pain.

But someone suffering and no hope, I think it is best to go home. But to expect a family member to do it or help make that descission, I would not want to leave them with such guilt to carry.

That is a hugh thing.

it is very easy for us to say now AS , but
Do you want to leave your family living in guilt because they wil,l and guilt aone can distroy them. I wonder if anyone has thought about what they will l do to family members, I bet not



 

Carolyn Munro (37)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 5:28 pm
There is two sides to this. One that Mary pointed out. Bernard Shaws family paying for in with jail time and I can imgine the depression and guilt it has caused family members

Do we want to leave our families living in al this torment? I don't

I think God picked the day I was born, he wil pick the day I die

A very confused topic for many I believe.
 

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:07 pm
Doctors pay too much of a role in when we die and leave us no say. I know their job is to make people well but it becomes a crusade and we are left suffering and with no dignity, at the mercy of others who have to take care of us. There is no reason for people to have to have their lives prolonged that much. I know I don't want to go through all that. I want to have a little house in the woods and die there. If I need help then so be it but I will not spend my last days suffering and having my life be extended with drugs and in an out of hospitals. That's existing, not living.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:12 pm
Not for me , I rather die a natural dead !
 

Elisabeth T (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:24 pm
Every person should have the right to make their own decision...
 

Tao Mouse (3)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:47 pm
I think what frightens me in all this is the very real possibility that for reasons that aren't necessarily in the best interest of the patient, but in the best interest of others some patients will be "encouraged" to choose assisted suicide. Maybe my personal opinion clouds my judgment, but I was encouraged to sign a DNR over 30 years ago because I was told by doctors I wouldn't live more than 2 more years anyway. If I had listened, I wouldn't be here today. I would rather see a stronger effort to relieve suffering ... for all, not just the wealthy.
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 7:22 pm
Dying is a very personal journey. Every person should have the right to choose his own end without interference from others, be it doctors, family or government.

Chronic depression is equally painful to deal with. Imagine each day of your life as gray, with splotches of colour, intermittent and rare. Hopelessly lost, full of despair and with a shattered self-image. It ruins your life. After years of living like this, suicide is a door to peace.
 

Janet R (38)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 7:34 pm
And the point would be? Every person should have the right to check out early if they so desire with anyone else commenting on their decision. It certainly should be legal for a doctor to prescribe something for a nice peaceful sleep for the journey home away from this hellhole called earth.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 8:45 pm
I could top myself with what's in my medicine cabinet now, if I combined a few things :) it's very easy to buy potentially lethal medication over the counter here in Australia, without a prescription. Even paracetamol will kill you if you take enough, and you can buy it in the supermarket. Who needs a doctor? I don't mean to be flippant, this is a complex issue, and at the end of the day, everyone should have the right to die on their own terms :)
 

Valjean O (23)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 9:33 pm
YES! I'm all for Doctor assisited suicide of the terminally ill, personally I would like to have that choice should I become terminally ill. I am all for it & I wish this would have been available to my grandmother & mother, such senseless suffering:(
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 9:53 pm
There is going to be a big debate here shortly - a meeting of the states on Euthanasia. We are all for it - people want the right to die with dignity.
 

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 11:13 pm
Let us make a LIVING will dictating whether to have life support or not.
 

Janice Lawrence (43)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 11:23 pm
You could die by doctor-assisted suicide, because the doctor knows the lethal dose, as Gloria points out, and everyone will know about it because it will be official, or you could take a bottle of sleeping pills, and a fifth of whiskey and take a pill, take a sip, take a pill and take a sip until they're all gone, and let your loved ones find you. I think that doctor-assisted suicide would be better. If I'm dying of something horrible, I don't want to linger and exist from day to day and have my family watch me die. I want to die quickly.
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 12:49 am
When I was young, I did a home visit to see and elderly, very sick man. As I entered the house, a young man who was his son called me aside and said: "Dad's too sick, he's got no quality of life left. I think you should give him something to make him go to sleep". I told him that I'd have a look at his dad to see what I could do.
The old man had really severe Bronchopneumonia and poorly controlled Parkinson's disease. I treated his pneumonia and thought that it was aggravated by his Parkinson's, as he could neither cough nor breathe freely because of it. So I did what I could for that. I said that I would come back a few days later to check on him.
The young man met me at the door again. He looked very happy to see me and said that I had been right not to put down his father because he was so much better and enjoying life again.
And the moral of the story is?
Human life is very precious. It is a sad thing when it comes to an end. It is sad not just for the person who dies, but also for the people in that person's life. For me, life has an absolute value, whether it is the life of a human or another kind of animal, or even a blade of grass. Whenever possible, I try to to avoid harming life. If the value of life is not absolute, where would we draw the line?
Eventually, people could be "put to sleep" to free up beds for new patients! Or, as happened in Rumania, people were collected together with their belongings and taken to the Happy Retirement Village in the forest, where they were shot, as they were no longer of any use to the state.
All that can follow in the wake of such things as assisted euthanasia.
I worked by the motto: "Thou shalt not kill, but shalt not strive, needlessly to keep alive."
Keeping brain dead people on machines is abhorrent. There comes a time when one can see that there is no way forward for a person and that "death is now a welcome friend". Then one can stand back and let nature take its course while giving palliative care to ease suffering.
This is not yet the situation for those who arrange and "doctor shop" to procure euthanasia. All they have to do is wait. No one can get away from death. There is no disgrace, and no loss of dignity in death. It is the great equalizer.
 

KAREN L (10)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 1:04 am
Very complicated subject and I basically believe people should be able to choose but there is that worry that it could get out of hand if turned into a simple suicide law without correct follow-up ....... there are so many greedy and nasty people out there just waiting to get rid of their non-loved ones.
 

ewoud k (68)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 1:58 am
Doctor-shopping will go on, as there will always be doctors who won't ooperate. Just like now. Because even now, without a suitable law.
It's just that a law makes things clearer, you have rights and obligations, doctors are more or more or less protected (those who assist, and that happens every day, risk facing murder charges), things go cleaner, no more use to try with paracetamol or simolar products, products that will kill you but with even more sufferings.

This ending of sufferings need to be surrounded by a protective law.

More suicidzes than now? Not sure, just more declared as such.
 

Margaret B (9)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 3:24 am
I too do not want to suffer in pain and be a burden to my family. I don't want to see anyone suffer who is not going to get well. But I was taught that only God should take a life. It is his decision when we die.
I took care of my Mother-in-law for the last 2 yrs of her life because she had Alzheimers. It was so sad but until the last 6 months there was still things she enjoyed doing. She enjoyed sitting by our pool and being in the sun. she enjoyed her meals. She didn't recognize anyone. Not even her own son but she never once said she wished she were dead. She was in no pain and had no medical problems besides the Alzheimers. Should I have let them kill her? When her body started to shut down there was still no pain. So she died because she could no longer accept food. I was given morphine to give to her make sure she had no pain But in the healthcare pill it says if you can longer be a part of society a Dr will consult with you or your family to discuss end of life. What does no longer a "part of society mean"? And who decides? I don't think Christian Drs or Catholic Drs would go along with this. Maybe some would. I already have a given instructions that I do not want to be kept alive by machines,to not be resusitated.
But since Michael Douglas is fighing cancer right now will he or his family let him be euthanized? I notice noone suggested doing that to Ted Kennedy. Is it just us peons that will be euthanized? There is no safety in this. B.O himself questioned the wisdom of his Grandmother getting a hip replacement when she already had cancer. If she got a hip replacement I don't think she was planning on being euthanized. Was she supposed to live with excruating hip pain just because she might die anyway in a few months or years?
Seems there is no clear cut decision for me. I don't want to go thru months of pain before I die or put my husband thru that. But I am not sure that letting Drs become death merchants is the way to avoid that.
 

Carol H (229)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 5:38 am
good comments! death with dignity. thanks Anna, noted
 

Jo Ellen H (3)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 5:52 am
thanks noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 6:15 am
YOU CAN'T KILL OUR CASH COWS!
GOVERNMENT PREYS ON THEIR FEAR OF DEATH FOR VOTES.
GOV'T USES THIS ISSUE TO GAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT ALL THEIR LIVES.
IF GOV'T DIDN'T GUARANTEE THE GOV'T WOULD NOT EUTHANIZE IT'S OWN CITIZENS, THEY MIGHT START TO THINK THE GOVERNMENT WAS KILLING PEOPLE ON PURPOSE.
WE CAN'T HAVE PEOPLE NOT TRUSTING THE GOV'T!
THEY WON'T VOTE OR US!

Yes, this is sarcasm, but it is a real fear of older people. They are afraid of being exterminated by a government that sees them as a burden. A human should have the right to end or reduce their own suffering. 'Mandantory suffering' should not exist but it has become an integral part of government. Many laws observe this tradition. People dying from Cancer are arrested for smoking marijuana, that is inhuman, but is still the law.
Seems our good 'Moral Majority' (in the U.S.) is fond of voting for policies that ensure 'Hell on Earth', just in case their promise of 'going to Hell' for failure to respect their dogma doesn't come true.
Seems they don't believe their own propaganda...
They have assumed their God's position and send you to Hell themselves (before you die).
When Did Jesus Become a Republican
Jesus Cared About Stopping War & Poverty OR Gays & Abortion?
Gov't was created to make life better, why is it so successful at makig it more miserable? I believe it is the attempt to enforce morals; not an appropriate task for government.
 

Terry B (649)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 6:33 am
Can I not get the same relief from pain as an old arthritic dog I once had to put down to relieve that poor miserable bag of pain from his horror of a life?

Granted, there is a philosopical difference in that the dog did not make the decision, I did, and it was painful for me to relieve the dog's pain.

Keep these damn fool superstitions (a.k.a. religions) out of it. I am not a great deal different than the dog, just a few nucleotides rearranged so that I could talk, but in the end, I am just another ape.

If you would be kind enough to relieve the pain of a dog, where is any compassion in denying the same to an ape?
 

Marcia Oyler (0)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 8:07 am
This is a very complicated issue. I've worked in medicine for decades and have seen terrible things done to people with no prayer of getting well. However, I DO have a living will.
 

Wendy Flay (2)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 9:20 am
If only the government could spare a little cash from their oh so important defense budget and a little from the vital planetary exploration budget that is used on franticaly searching for a new world for a very special few to go to before our Earth reaches the status of a sterile chemical toilet. With this cash we could probably hire the scientists necessary to develop the treatments to make cancer obsolete within a few years. That said, I do believe euthanasia as an option is life with dignity rather than death with dignity, death is what happens to your empty husk afterward and whether your relatives decide to dress it up afterwards in a shiny light-blue tux with a frilly shirt.
 

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 9:21 am
It seems to me that many more will die than that! Anyone closely observing how Mum and Dad who gave up lots for you are shunted off to old age homes as soon as possible should ask themselves if this sort of law will allow a bit of pressure on mum and dad to get rid of themselves more quickly
 

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 9:26 am
In any case this sort of law ignores the Hippocratic oath-Doctors would be forced to have a different attitude about savibng their patients,I suspect.
I mean over time-old habits always die hard .
It also puts peole in a position whererespect for life could diminish.

It will no doubt save health facilities a considerable amount of money if fully implemented and insurance companies too as well as governments but it is the thin edge of a rather dangerous wedge.
 

Justin R (0)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 9:42 am
This issue is much to complex to be governed by a paragraph. I cannot offer any logical suggestion.
 

Tamila mendoza (177)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 9:53 am
I PERSONNALLY HAVE PUT ALOT OF THOUGHT INTO THIS BECAUSE I HAD CANCER. THANK GOD I NEVER HAD TO MAKE THIS DECISION BUT IF IN THE FUTURE THE CANCER CONSUMES ME, YES, I WOULD RATHER DIE THAN HAVE MY FAMILY WATCH ME DIE IN SLOW MISERY. I THINK THIS SHOULD BE EACH INDIVIDUALS CHOICE.
 

Marilyn K (50)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 12:43 pm
It is more painful for those left behind then it is for the one who decides when it is time to go. Both have decisions that are life altering. For most of us circumstances will be the decision maker. The one who decides that they have reached a point of no return and the ones that have to abide by the thought that if you love someone that has no quality of life you have to let them go.
 

gail dair (0)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 4:04 pm
noted ty
 

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 5:03 pm
To me doctor-assisted suicide is Much more Humane than constant pain..or the way they do in Some states, like that woman in Florida in the vegatative state that they simply took out the feeding tube & STARVED HER TO DEATH! Now That's SICK!:(
 

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 5:58 pm
For Pete's sake, think of how many people are killed each year due to accidental medication errors in hospitals! I do think their should be compulsory counseling for anyone considering assisted suicide- but if they are dying and in intractable pain, please let them go peacefully, when they choose to go.
 

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Wednesday October 27, 2010, 6:42 pm
thanx Anna, tough subject. I think that when I am physically miserable or almost unable to take care of myself, I will gladly take my own life. Hopefully it will be peaceful and slow so I can remeber the beautiful things I did and lived. Ahoo, God Bless Everyone!!
 

Terry B (649)
Thursday October 28, 2010, 5:17 am
Then there was the guy who was going to do himself in by taking an entire bottle of 1000 aspirin tablets.

But after he took two, he felt better.
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Thursday October 28, 2010, 1:22 pm
My Mom is 93, losing most of her hearing, and her eye sight, it hurts her to walk and she is getting depressed most of the time. It is a hard thing to watch happen to anyone let alone someone you love, But science has been able to keep us alive long enough to suffer now. My aunt was 95 when she passed away and she suffered awfully the last two years. She could not eve sleep laying down. Her skin split in places and had to be bandaged as she was not able to heal... I think i have reached that place where I could give them ta pill myself..we have mercy for dogs and not people?
 

perlita a (20)
Friday October 29, 2010, 11:19 pm
the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom....
 

carlee trent (11)
Monday June 20, 2011, 4:18 pm
noted
 
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