I have really never had to see anyone I know suffer in pain dying. Have gone through 5 dogs who have died with cancer. I put them down before the real pain started. Knew then, that is what I wanted for me and my family. I do not believe there is any good reason to allow someone who is terminal and in sever pain to suffer.
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That's a really touchy subject, and while morally I'm on the fence about it (I don't think suicide is right, and it's hard to make a rational decision about it, but I understand the need to escape pain), for now I do not think it should be legal. Why? Because it's too easy to abuse or screw up, and there's no fixing that.
If the theological and moral implications are put aside, I believe that the individual should have the right to make that decision. I'm pretty certain that if I found myself in that situation, I would want that to be an option for me to consider.
I think this issue will become more open and available as time goes on. I know the Church is against it but I've seen people die horrible deaths, simply wasting away. And what is the benefit of that? The states that do have it (Oregon, I believe) have very strict rules in place so it is controlled and not subject to abuse or error. I can tell you if I were at that point, I would consider it if it were available.
It should absolutely be an option. People who have never had to deal with this end of life constant pain and suffering should have NO say in effecting others choices.
My Mother in Law was in SO much anguish over this, but wanted SO desperately to be rid of her pain.... But her strict Catholic Guilt made her fraught with guilt, unable to make a rationale decision and made her unable to see clearly that she had options.
When she did pass (finally!) she was in SO much pain and agony with each breath we were all in so much agony just being with her, I can't even imagine to know how much pain she was in. But she refused any thought of end of life, because she had written (and repeated often) that she wanted to go to heaven and couldn't commit suicide because that would be against Bible teachings.
If people can chose to have a living will with DNR, then I feel terminally ill people should have that choice. Whether or not its legal, it has been going on for decades. I think it's just easier for patients verses them taking their life another way.
If the horrors people suffered at the hands of "physicians" like Dr. Kermit Gosnell have taught us, any "right to death" will be turned into a charnel house by ill-intentioned unsupervised doctors. We can't trust this oversight to political regulatory agencies like the licensing boards. Any expansion of doctor-assisted suicide has to be tempered by a reasonable man safeguard, which could be in the form of a judicial review or an ALJ administrative procedure. Additionally, the physician should perform the procedure in a hospital (if the patient is so debilitated by a terminal illness, this should not be an onerous requirement), with the concurrence of the hospital utilization review board.
Absolutely. I might be able to put up with physical pain and suffering for a certain amount of time, but the primary concern my wife and I have is that we do not become a burden on our family. We have a pact. Following through on that pact is a bridge to be crossed at the time, but that is the plan. If we must, by legal fiat, allow others to determine for us when we can and cannot end our own existence, what freedom of self-determination to we really have?