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Do You Support Assisted Suicide?

A terminally ill woman took her life this week, before cancer could. Linda Fleming is the first person to die under Washington state's "Death with Dignity" law that became effective in March.

Over 60 percent of Washington voters approved the law, which allows willing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a person over 18 who has been declared competent by the state. In addition, two doctors must certify that the person has six months or less to live, and the patient must make two oral requests, 15 days apart, along with written requests witnessed by two people. These provisions will hopefully prevent abuse of the law, which some fear could be applied involuntarily against marginalized patients or as a form of health care cost containment.


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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Anon please do not ever make an attempt to belittle my religion or my God. If you are bold enough to go there put your big girl panties on and sign in or sign up. Stand by what you believe about other people's beliefs like I stand by my own.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
The logical part of me knows that this is a good thing, and with proper provisions in place, could help end a lot of suffering and prevent doctors from being accused of "mercy killings". However, there is a part of me that just doesn't feel totally right about this. I am glad that doctors, pharmacists and entire hospitals are able to opt of participating if they wish.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
My religious beliefs do not allow me to agree but I have seen people suffer and I would not oppose it but I could never participate
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
How is this murder? I support this. I particularly support his bill because of certain provisions that were added. Health care professionals can refuse to participate if they so choose, so no doctor can be forced to write a lethal prescription and no pharmacist can be forced to fill it. Additionally, a doctor is permitted to write a lethal prescription, but the patient must administer the drugs him/herself.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
No way. I will never support murder.
sliz41 sliz41 8 years
I completely support it too, provided full and informed consent is gained. It could help ease the process not only for someone who is in constant pain and help them retain a final vestige of dignity, but also their family, watching a loved one suffer.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I believe everyone has the right to die in dignity. I would prefer to be assisted by a doctor rather than die in excruciating pain, suffocation, drowning in my own bodily fluids or being trapped in a vegetated state with no quality of life. If an individual or a family and consciously and humanely (Morphine instead of starvation) make this decision then I back them the whole way.
eveday eveday 8 years
I also agree with what Spacekatgal said.
eveday eveday 8 years
Yes, I support it.
mix-tape mix-tape 8 years
Denying someone the right to assisted suicide when terminally ill is infringing upon an individual's rights that we cannot begin to understand ourselves unless personally experienced. Anyone that does not support this should experience a close loved one in deep pain that is deemed terminally ill. How is this harming anyone? I just don't understand how the majority can have such a strong opinion on a minority group's right to end suffering...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I do. I think it's a dignify way for terminal patients to pass away (if it's their wish). JMHO.
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I am 100% for assisted suicide. Our landlord for a while had really bad back problems that left him in constant pain and confined to a wheel chair. For some reason or another I'm not sure if he could qualify for assisted suicide (I don't think he was terminally ill, just terminally in pain). He ended up shooting himself in his car in the parking lot of the police station.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I am very much in support of assisted suicide. It a decision that is difficult to make but in the end is a way for terminally ill individuals to end their suffering. Prohibiting it is another way that the government to tell us what is right for ourselves as individuals. I also agree with Spacekatgal, it has everything to do with people's fear of mortality than the suffering of a dying patient.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Spacekatgal you said it really right =) (and chrstne also ^^)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
abused or not, who cares? people, who want to kill themselves, will always find a way.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i fully support it. also support use of drugs that may decrease pain for those in the final stages of disease such as cancer. why deny pain relief at the end? it just seems cruel to me.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I absolutely support it. Dr. Kevorkian was totally correct to say that patients had the right to die in this way, and I am glad the rest of the world is finally waking up and realizing denying a persons right to die when they are clearly suffering is inhumane in a way. It all has to do with fear of death, and not clearly knowing the lines between right and wrong. People do not choose to die in this way unless they are desperate to do so. If you have been suffering, why prolong a more painful life? I have had many family members who have been terminally ill say out right that they loved their life, but it's time to go and they want, and perhaps need to die. I can't understand how anyone thought this was wrong to begin with.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
There was this case in france of a woman suffering more than she could endure, because of her face which shape chaged cause of a rare illness. She asked to die helped by a doctor. Her case finished in court (cause in france it is illegal) and the juges said no. Then she died by her own ways (i think she went to switzerland to do so...) I found it was shameful for our "justice" to said no to stop her sufferings. How could they judge she had to endure it ? She was suffering for mounth (maybe years because of the ilness) and someone that didn't know anything about her decided of her destiny, decided what she had to do or not. =( That is why I answer "yes" here. But of course it depends on every person.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
What's weird is that doctors have been doing this forever, just not "officially". At their discretion, they know when a terminal patient is suffering too much, and they help them go faster. My Dad is dying of lung cancer right now, and the doctors have assured us they would not let him suffer too much or die of suffocation (and he's a doctor himself, and has told us numerous times that no sane doctor would let a patient die in horrendous pain. Morphine slows your breathing, so all there needs usually is a little push of the pain IVs, and there we go.) To me, there's a tacit understanding that makes an official or legal debate moot - or maybe a bit voyeuristic?
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