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Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

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  • +186 +232 -46 Juli Star-Alexander Jun. 20, 2014
    "I have CADASIL, genetic defect causing multiple young strokes progressing to total bedridden state. I have made choices in my life all my life, and choose not to be subject to others behaviors up to and including violence and rape. I am 55. Stats say by 61 I will no longer be functional and will be completely dependent, with no civil rights due to mental incompetency. What happened to my mother will not happen to me as I will take charge. No corporation will profit in keeping me "alive" against my will. This is MY life. I do not surrender my choice to another human."
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    • -43 +6 -49 B. B. J. Jan. 18, 2015
      Like I would ever believe that."
  • +89 +124 -35 Patricia Apr. 19, 2014
    "Every day I watch my father's body slowly deteriorate. Unfortunately, his condition does not have a cure thus far. Sudden death is becoming less common; we watch the elder suffer through some kind of body malfunction caused by the natural process of aging. By no means do I support involuntary euthanasia (which in reality is power abuse and murder); I support euthanasia with patient consent. Who are we to deny anyone the right to end their life? It is inhumane to make anyone have to suffer. It's easy for so many of us to oppose it now in good health but we mustn't only focus on the present. It is uncertain how one's life will end and we must support laws now that will benefit our future. This is only the opinion of a 19-year-old mind."
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    • +3 +6 -3 Tyler Feb. 5, 2015
      "I agree entirely, (as another 19 year old)"
    • 0 +1 -1 Stella Oct. 27, 2015
      "You are a wise young lady - with any luck there will be euthanasia clinics which offer counselling, painless death, and possibly many other benefits when your time comes."
    • -1 +2 -3 Stupid 19 year old.. May. 8, 2015
      "As i 19 year old i have to care for my grandfather day in and day out with my mum watching him not have the ability to do anything. He doesn't fight to survive anymore he is in the waiting room ready to move on. Its hard to just watch him deteriorate form the great man he once was 12 years ago. We need to accept both side to the argument not just accept one side and being a citizen of the UK i believe why not have the option available for individual piece of mind? such as abortion. I will always give everything for my future children, but i don't want my child to then be my carer in my dying years, i would want them to remember me for the strong farther i was not the body waiting for the next stage of life. People who are against don't need to accept it just because its made in legislation but surely in a tolerant, equality driven UK it should be available.

      Life is cruel, but it is also beautiful.

      I talk from first hand experience as a grandchild carer.
      And i hope you find something positive to take away from what i have written.
      Just another stupid 19 year old.... -_-"
    • -24 +3 -27 B. B. J. Jan. 21, 2015
      "And the 19 year old mind is too young to know about what the truth is."
  • +51 +75 -24 Hugo Jun. 24, 2014
    "Yes, patients under extreme pain and expecting inevitable death do have the right to end their lives peacefully. A valid comparison would be euthanasia on pets, since doctors and owners have the right to determine when their pet is under too much pain then ill humans should have the ultimate say whether or not to end their own now pain-filled lives."
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    • -4 +1 -5 Haley Aug. 26, 2015
      "That is a Good point, but we as humans are made in God's image. We are super special to him, he created us for a reason and its his choice to decide when our life is not worth living. Genesis!!! God never said that about animals, and If he did I would completely agree with you, but because it never says that I think your information is a little off."
  • +39 +57 -18 Paris Sep. 23, 2014
    "It's a lot easier for people who have never been in this position to argue it is wrong. Everything changes once you are in the situation and have to deal with unforgiving pain."
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  • +37 +50 -13 anonomous Sep. 25, 2014
    "its easy to say no until you have felt the pain"
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  • +29 +42 -13 dom-o Oct. 29, 2014
    "You have a right to live your life as you choose."
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  • +28 +44 -16 J. Gracey Feb. 13, 2014
    "Because prolonged pain and suffering is torture. If we wouldn't want to torture someone we should respect the fact that sometimes our own bodies torture us and that we have the right to end it, peacefully. Euthanasia is kind, it's not taking someone's life, it's respecting that life, as one that doesn't deserve continuous pain."
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    • +1 +1 0 Mikah May. 15, 2015
      "Agreed it would be disrespectful to make them continue their torture that their body is making them go through."
  • +21 +31 -10 Bob Nov. 23, 2014
    "I am mostly abstained. This is because it is wrong to kill someone, but if they are suffering and there family is fine with it it is fine."
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  • +19 +30 -11 Daniela Jan. 16, 2015
    "Euthanasia lets people die with some dignity. Why let them continue to suffer if they have this option? If there's not cure why leave them in pain? It just doesn't make sense. Euthanasia is having a compassionate death."
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    • 0 0 0 That Reply May. 8, 2015
      "-_- Painkiller..... wow. Just wow."
    • -3 0 -3 X-Gen Jan. 22, 2015
      "There is a thing called a painkiller.
      Ever heard of it?
      Apparently not.
      And Euthanasia is bad in the first place because it is a moral duty to attempt to prevent suicide in general; euthanasia too. If someone is threatening to kill themselves it is your moral duty to try to stop them. You would not, for example, simply ignore a man standing on a ledge and threatening to jump simply because it is his or her choice; and you would definitely not assist in his suicide by pushing him. In the same way, you should try to help a person with a terminal illness, not help them to die."
  • +17 +26 -9 Kili Nov. 2, 2014
    "Yes. No one has the right to decide how much is too much for someone else. As a cancer patient who is currently awaiting PET scan results to see it has spread, and who is in pain..... if the cancer is spreading I am likely to finish putting my affairs in order and then call it a life. I just watched a close friend do battle with everything she had for two years.... while her condition deteriorated, she lost function and the pain grew. I am not willing to do that."
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  • +14 +27 -13 Tiffani Oct. 7, 2014
    "My father has advanced alzheimers/dimentia. He is here physically but his mind is completely gone. His qualify of life is horrible! He was once a prominent business man in our community and now has become a person he would have never wanted to become. Without going in to personal details, he has become aggressive, violent, inappropriate with his behaviors around women and he continues to get discharged from nursing homes that he has been placed in because of his behavior. Recently, his residency was terminated and we were told "he is not welcome back - he is your problem now, not ours" and we tried caring for him for 5 days and it was the most emotional time of our lives. We had to admit him into the ER because he is a danger to himself and others. My father would never want us to remember him like this and I can't have my children around him anymore because of his inappropriate behaviors, not to mention, I don't want them to remember their grandfather in this manner. His life ended years ago because of this horrible disease. His body and health is otherwise pretty good but his mind is completely eaten away. He can't complete a sentence, he doesn't know anyone and he is a lost soul in this world. He deserves better."
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    • +1 +1 0 Stella Oct. 27, 2015
      "I have the utmost sympathy for your situation. I had the opposite problem - my mother at 97 was still sharp of mind but suffered incredible pain from cancer. She was a strong, resourceful woman who loved life, but was begging for death long before it thankfully came. We need to set up euthanasia clinics which will offer counselling and painless, dignified death."
    • +1 +1 0 marla Oct. 22, 2014
      "i feel so much for you. once the quality of a persons health is so awful and they become violent or hard to manage without major drugs what is the use. my parents did not want that and made a statement saying that. i also know how bad it is to linger in a hospital and getting poked and proded and all the terrible things that the people in the hospital do to you. cut you open and give you a feeding tube and do what my doctor said would happen to my mother in law, which is put you into a home where they just keep u drugged and have no hope of recovering. how can we watch our beloved parents go through this? how can we ourselves go thru it? and hurt our loved ones by that terrible suffering they must watch us go thru. death is not an easy thing, but prolonged suffering is worse."
  • +14 +22 -8 Grant Milam Apr. 24, 2014
    "It is the patient's choice.... *drops mic and walks away*"
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  • +13 +20 -7 Pam Nov. 12, 2014
    "Our Mother recently passed away of pancreatic cancer. She was a wonderful Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandma. We loved her dearly. The last 2 months of her life were full of suffering. Every day we thought it was her last day on earth. " Why is this taking so long to die, This is not living, only existing, I wish I could just fall asleep and never wake up." She stated. This was a woman who once loved life and every new day. How we wish we could have granted her wish. Our mother was 83 years old. If we had this option my Mother's suffering would have been on her terms. We don't allow animals to suffer .... humans should not suffer so!"
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  • +13 +29 -16 NWilson Mar. 31, 2014
    "I believe that if there was nothing else to do when it came to someone's life, and that things were not progressing but getting worse. There would be no reason to waste the money on something that won't make a difference. I would be devastated if I had to end someone's life that meant my own life to me, but if I knew that they could go peacefully, and the pain and suffering would be over. Euthanasia would be my best bet. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. Think about knowing that they are happy now. That there would be no more tears. No more deep depression on if they would get better."
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  • +12 +20 -8 austin scott Mar. 9, 2015
    "euthanasia is all voluntarily, no one needs to say that it might lead to non-voluntary euthanasia. if the person wants to be put down then let them. we do it to dogs, why not humans to?"
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  • +12 +18 -6 Leslie Oct. 29, 2014
    "Yes -as I watch my Aunt suffer from dementia, wasting away lb by lb. I realize that we, society, has set in place a process where we pay to watch our loved ones die of thirst, slowly starving to death. When she would have wished for a quick end not this horror. I want to be able to go on record - declaring legally my choice of when what happens, I want this. We need to change the law in Massachusetts."
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  • +12 +37 -25 mauve66 Mar. 20, 2014
    "why is this limited to terminally ill people?? For the last 30 years i have been hoping for a terminal illness so i could qualify, the patient decides this, not the Doctor, it's MY body, MY life. With all the problems associated with the planning and administering other suicidal choices (pills, hanging, shooting, etc) the statistics show that more people fail and end up with severe health/personal problems from those failed attempts. Switzerland manages a program (again, only for the terminally ill) that is problem free, why is this so hard in America?? I don't need religion and/or politics telling me what MY life is worth. My biggest fear is screwing up my suicide and causing more problems for me and my family. If there was a simple, painless way to do this i would gladly pay for it. The CON people keep saying "Everyone has a right to Life", since its MY right, i give it up. Live YOUR own life, quit telling ME how to live mine."
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    • +4 +5 -1 mebekili Nov. 2, 2014
      "This post saddens me -- what is so wrong in your life that you want to die? I don't want to die, I want to live, but I have cancer and if it spreads I will want out. I hope whatever is hurting you so much can be healed so that you can feel that life is worth living."
    • +4 +5 -1 Jennifer Nov. 2, 2014
      "The fact that you worry about how your family would take you messing up your own suicide is an ear splitting cry for professional help. People who are really ready to die don't complicate their lives with such worries. Why drag a stranger like a doctor into killing yourself. If you were afraid of messing it up then maybe it's not the right thing to do. After 30 years you've been given a huge gift. You've been given 30 YEARS!!!!!"
    • +2 +3 -1 Shauna Feb. 2, 2015
      "Hello Mauve66,
      I am truly sorry for whatever happened during your life to cause you such extreme pain. No one deserves to suffer at the hands of another or themselves. I am speaking from my own experiences concerning both types of suffering. However, I can also testify to finding real purpose for All that I have gone through and still am. Yes, I chose to seek the help of counselors. It was not easy, painless both emotionally and physically, but after 24 years of having a several different counselors,not Psychiatrists; Listen to My thoughts, actions, feelings, views, history, and just down right being there with me;Without Judgement has been the best help I could have ever received. I never once had any of them "tell me, how to live my life." If I would have succeeded in one of my Many attempts at suicide starting at the age of 9. I would not be watching my 3 grandchildren & 4th one on the way growing and learning. I also would not have experienced one of my abusers apologizing for their part in causing me so much pain. You are correct Mauve you do have a right to live your own life.But you also have a choice in the what You will allow to cause you pain. I never once thought/cared about how my family would feel.I wanted relief."
    • -3 0 -3 mauve66 Nov. 3, 2014
      "as far as "People who are really ready to die don't complicate their lives with such worries" is EXACTLY why i worry about it. those people are only trying to end their OWN suffering. Yes, i want to end my suffering but i don't want to increase my families suffering by failing. I already have the letters written in a safety deposit box, but if i fail, they will know that i will HAVE to try again. Imagine the worry you would have if you KNEW someone you loved would commit suicide at ANY MOMENT. Yes, i have some days when the idea never crosses my mind, but the dark days are gaining slowly as things outside my circle of influence are constantly gnawing away at my will to fight. People tell me that suicide is the "easy way out", REALLY?? try killing yourself, the bodies own will to suvive will fight you till the last breath. fill a tub full of ice and water, set a running toaster on the edge of the tub, get in, call the ambulance, when you hear them at the door push the toaster into the tub. You won't be able to do it. Even if something happens and you happen to get electrocuted, the ice cold water will slow down your bodily functions to the point that it will be easier for them to revive you."
    • -3 0 -3 mauve66 Nov. 3, 2014
      "physical pain is not the only type of pain, sometimes the mind will not let go of a situation that you have no control of. the only recourse is to turn the mind off. If i was to fail at suicide (look at the numbers, more failures than sucesses) and end up brain dead, paralyzed, etc. it would make the pain in my head even more incomprehensable, just because what happens in your life you are able to deal with doesn't mean other people are equipped with the same defenses. And no, Psychiatrists don't help. How can you have a meaningful conversation with someone whos' ENTIRE education is subjective to the input you give them. If you change one conversation they have to change their entire response to your situation. Why do you think they sit you in a chair and then ask you how does that make you feel?? cause they have no idea what to do until you tell them, and your version of what you tell them can have 30 different alternate universe responses. thats how all those people that "suddenly" remembered child abuse that never happened. the psychiatrist told them it happened until they started to believe it themselves, but by then the "therapy" had already ruined many lives and the psychiatrist still got paid for making things up"
  • +11 +25 -14 Mike R. Oct. 8, 2014
    "To me, it once again, is like abortion and same sex marriage. It simply is no one's business but the individuals involved. The Christian response is that it is God who should decide when you go. How does a know it all Christian know wheather or not their God is not still in control and told the individual to do it. I believe it is big headed narcissism for any religion or any non believer to state that they unequivcally have the answers to secular personal issues that have abolutely no impact on their own lives. It is dispicable really."
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    • 0 +2 -2 J Alexander Jun. 9, 2015
      "Precisely. There are nearly 400 religions in the world, each believing theirs is correct"
    • -1 0 -1 beau Dec. 8, 2015
      "I believe if you want to commit suicide then that is your business but nobody should help because that is murder you are helping murder somebody.I know of plenty of ways I can kill myself without help of somebody else and a lot cheaper"
  • +11 +25 -14 Dominic Aug. 9, 2014
    "It seems that most readers are misunderstanding topic. It is not about whether doctors can outright murder someone in their sleep, it is about the right for terminally ill patients (meaning there is absolutely no chance or hope for their survival) to end the horrific pain (pain that not even the strongest medicine can relieve) in a quick and painless manner. To think that doctors would suddenly begin murdering people simply because they now have the ability (with the patient's permission and a mountain of bureaucratic paperwork) to euthanize terminally ill patients is odd. Doctors became doctors in order to help and heal patients in a hospital, not in a butcher shop. Euthanasia is not going to suddenly be the first thing doctors proscribe. If there is a chance to save a life, they will try. Furthermore, no hospital is simply going to let patients die so easily. The profits gained from patients with diseases like cancer are unbelievable. To euthanize a dying patient (who would be constantly purchasing pain relievers, which are quite expensive) would be to end the income reaped from their illness. No human likes to go down without a fight, but in the end they die. Everyone dies. So why should someone suffer in their last days?"
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  • +10 +17 -7 D.M. Feb. 8, 2015
    "I feel we are being held on this earth against our will. We did not asked to be brought into this life. If we see no future for ourselves, or see no reason to continue here, shouldn't we have the option to "opt out"? With overpopulation, why not let ones who want to live and prosper stay. Those who are finished, let us go."
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  • +10 +17 -7 DeLaina Apr. 3, 2014
    "I am PRO for the Death with Dignity Act because if someone has been diagnosed with a terminal illness that is most definitely incurable they should be able to make the decision to not dying in prolonged agony. Modern technology has people living longer but that also means that people are dying longer as well. By this I mean that people are being kept alive longer regardless of the quality of life. QUANTITY is rarely more acceptable than QUALITY!"
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  • +9 +20 -11 Micah Phillips Nov. 2, 2014
    "Yes, for multiple reasons.

    If I had cancer, and there was no way to cure it, I would take the easy way out instead of suffering through the terrible process of a slow death. Yes, you can say that it may be considered murder, but you have the consent of the patient to do so. I personally believe that if people think it's murder, then make a job/profession with the task at hand."
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    • -3 0 -3 beau Dec. 8, 2015
      "how do dr know there will not be a cure a month after you kill yourself with the help of somebody? If I helped you commit suicide I would go to jail for murder"
  • +9 +17 -8 David Schwartz Aug. 27, 2014
    "Robin Williams is, had been, and always will be my favorite celebrity of all time. When I learned that he had been suffering from depression for years, that he was an alcoholic who'd gotten sober, was beloved by his family and community, and of all the things I learned, there was no speculation about why he chose to do it, and why he chose that time to do it. Until I found out he had early stage Parkinson's. It's one of those terrible diseases where you slowly lose control of your body and mind until it's gone completely. I think he wanted to live another day. But I think that as he looked into his future, he realized that when things got bad enough that he no longer wanted to continue living, he would have already lost the ability to end his own life (it's harder than you think). It could be that he hung himself when he did because he couldn't wait another year, or five years, or twenty years, until he could truly not live another day, out of fear that when he did want to die, he would no longer be able to do it. If euthanasia were legal, perhaps he could have lived on many years, and when he was ready, been put to sleep in peace, surrounded by family who had the opportunity to say goodbye. No one should be forced to suffer."
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  • +8 +9 -1 Lindsay Faust May. 10, 2015
    "I believe that physician-assisted suicide is a human right, not a privilege. Everyone deserves to be put out of their misery when suffering from the symptoms of a severe medical condition, or from the medicinal side effects of potential treatment. It is inhumane to keep a suffering person alive against their own will. Sometimes it is less frightening to face a dignified death than to live your life in fear, forever waiting for a horrific, painful and unstoppable/uncontrollable demise. Everyone should have access to the death with dignity act, no matter their race, status or ethnicity; the choice of how you want to end your life applies to all humanity. Therefore, make this option available to all!"
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    • +2 +2 0 Victor Greywolf Nov. 9, 2015
      "I totally, and whole heartedly agree with you on this one, especially since alot of people want to end their lives, be it because of a disease, mental illness, or whatever have you. I mean, who are WE to judge that particular person. It amazes me how hypocritical society is, when they say people have rights and freedom to do with their lives as they please, but when a person doesn't want to live anymore, all hell breaks loose. One question remains as far as this one goes, and that question is who controls and decides your life, right? It seems society does, and yet, they tell people, you can do with your life as you please. Can we say hypcrosy? I will never understand something like that. After all, if people truly have the right to do with their lives as they choose, then since it is that person's life, and they want to end it, shouldn't they have that particular right? Seems people are raised on nothing but lies and hypocrosy. After all, if someone wants to die, what makes those who are against PAS think that they won't either fly to sweden to end it, or try to do it by their own hand, right? If there was PAS, then there would be alot less problems. After all, if someone wants to die, shouldn't it be up to them, and not society?"
  • +8 +13 -5 Anonymous Mar. 5, 2015
    "People say a human life is never worth ending, that there is always joy to be found. But no one (including myself) understands what its like except the patient going through it. We can't know what it's like to know that you will die in a year and that it will be a slow and painful one. No one else understands, no one else should be able to decide."
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  • +8 +16 -8 Donatella Oct. 28, 2014
    "The only people that benefit from forcing a terminally patient to sustain his or her physical body, without regard to, and despite the pain and suffering endured, are those that receive the money from having done so. It is dispicable and a far cry from the true meaning of health "care""
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    • +1 +1 0 donatella Nov. 3, 2014
      "Jennifer the money that is exchanged to assist a terminally ill patient is insignificant compared to the tens, or hundreds of thousands of dollars doctors, hospitals, LTC, Nursing Care, etc, receive from inhumanely sustaining a life.

      I was forced to watch my mother die of starvation for 7 nights and 8 days because it is illegal to euthanize in New York. The only people that benefited from that were the (inhumane) "care?" takers!"
    • +1 +1 0 Jennifer Nov. 2, 2014
      "Doesn't a doctor that gives out the drugs to those that want to die get paid too? There's a BIG problem with your logic."
  • +8 +11 -3 JB Apr. 16, 2014
    "I have a chronic disease which will end in a 'hard' death. I would like the option of physician-assisted suicide at the end so I can die in peace rather than in agony. We are more humane to animals than to people."
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  • +8 +11 -3 Raki Apr. 14, 2014
    "I do indeed think it should be legal, seeing my granddad suffer for last 2 months of his life wasn't nice. Both him and us new that he had met the end. I also see how it can be used into getting land, and property that isn't yours to have, just by forcing someone to sign and then "killing" them. or by playing the insurance companies. From the law point of view, I am against, and from the humane point I am for. But, we are humans, so surely, humane side is more influential. I definitely think one should have a right to decide if their life is over and if they don't want to live anymore, without jumping off a bridge or ruining someone else's car and life."
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  • +7 +13 -6 Isabella Mar. 9, 2015
    "If you are suffering to the point that you are grinding your teeth or are in so much pain you wamnt to have a quick death instead of a long painful death, you should have the choice. I can not imagine having such a pain and dying slowly in a bed."
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  • +7 +12 -5 Lily Jan. 10, 2015
    "I'm an ethics student at a college in England and we are currently studying euthanasia. I can't quite describe how I feel about this topic. I support the legalisation of it but I can understand most arguments against it. During my college course I have studied a Catholic idea called the Doctrine of Double Effect. This is where you try to do the thing with the best outcome in mind but it could have unfortunate side affects. So if applied to euthanasia, for example you try to relieve a patient of pain by increasing their medication but it speeds up their death. I understand this as my mum did the same thing with her mother. The doctors suggested increasing the Morphine to help with the pain, but ultimately it speeds up death. Under British law this is also legal. I'm still struggling to define my view on euthanasia but I think others comments has helped. I'm sorry if I've sounded insensitive on the topic but it's difficult to protray emotions on a screen. Thanks."
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  • +7 +9 -2 corben Jan. 6, 2015
    "This should be legal under certain circumstances ONLY. A person with ONLY a ill, or sickness that is incurable should they be allowed to Voluntary Euthanasia (When a competent person makes a voluntary and enduring request to be helped to die.). There should never be a time to where doctors can decide on Involuntary Euthanasia (To end a person's life without their knowledge or consent.). The only way this should be done is by Active Euthanasia (To end a person's life by use of drugs, whether by oneself or with the aid of a physician,) but only with aid of a physician. There should never allow Passive Euthanasia (To end a person life by not taking the necessary and ordinary action to maintain life. This can be done by withdrawing water, food, drugs, medical or surgical procedures,) beacuse this will only make them suffer more"
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  • +7 +14 -7 Varuka Dec. 6, 2014
    "Euthanasia should be legal because, who is anyone to tell me or someone else that it's wrong? Whether someone is inflicted with a terminal illness or even flat out wants to end their life (which unfortunately is a inevitability) should be their decision. Religion and beliefs should also NOT play a part in this either, 'God' or anything else you believe in, if they really were as powerful as they were would they really allow one of his 'creations' to succumb to something as such? Obviously 'God's' creations aren't as precious to him as people are told. As well, saying Euthanasia is murder is essentially saying (on different terms) that Rape and Sex are the same thing, the only thing that sets the two apart is the consent, no one asks to be murdered because that means it's not murder, yes it's still killing, just like raping and agreeing to have sex with someone is still sex, the only thing that sets them apart is the consent. But besides that, no one should be told they can and can't do something with THEIR life because you thing it's wrong, if you think eating kiwi is disgusting you're not going to tell someone that they shouldn't eat kiwi or that it's wrong, so why should you tell someone their decision with their own life is?"
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  • +7 +22 -15 Drew G. Oct. 20, 2014
    "People should have the right to die. If the illness is terminal and painful then there is no use is toughing it out and hoping for it to go away. Euthanasia lets a person die with some dignity."
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  • +6 +9 -3 Dikthod Jan. 8, 2015
    "There comes a time when the quality of life is no longer apparent due to age, injury or a combination of both. My grandmother told me four years before her natural death that she wanted to die. He life was complete and she was now in extreme discomfort and disabled. In her last four years thousands of dollars were spend basically keeping her alive with no improvement in the quality of her life and she repeated many times that she wanted to die. What's wrong with that? She was not delusional or mentally distressed. With little options to find peace how is it right in our society to require people to stay alive when they truly want to pass on? And without having to shoot themselves if they are capable. For those of you that are against this I understand and that is your business. Stay out of my business it should not concern you. Live your life as you wish, that is your right. The truth is we are all going to eventually die why fear it? Grandma should have been allowed to celebrate her life with her family, say her good byes have one last cocktail (instead of a bullet) and pass on peacefully."
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  • +6 +9 -3 Lauren Jan. 7, 2015
    "I believe it should be legal because if they're suffering daily or have lost their ability to think, why make them continue to suffer? My own family has told me that if they suffer an injury rendering them unable to think for themselves ("that makes them a vegetable") to pull the plug. I've also had a family member die from cancer in the blood combined with a brain tumor. He suffered terrible pain up until the moment he died. To keep someone alive that does not want to suffer anymore is selfish. You're keeping them more for you than you are helping them to deal with their final days."
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  • +6 +10 -4 ??? Dec. 22, 2014
    "If Euthanasia is the voluntary taking of one's own life due to circumstances in which recovery is near impossible, then why should it be denied? As long as people aren't dying without the consent of either themselves, their families, or their related people, I support the application of euthanasia in a hospital."
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  • +6 +12 -6 Mary Mar. 9, 2014
    "I am a Roman Catholic & I believe that only God has the right to determine when life begins & when life ends. However, in the past two days I have watched a family I dearly love go through horrible suffering as he dies from cancer. His mind has been dead for hours but his body refuses to give up. We pray for mercy but right now I wish we had some way to humanely end this. There is no dignity, there is no humanity, there is just ugliness for him & emotional hell for his wife & his brother as we wait for that last breath. I watched my own brother die of cancer & I lost my sister to cancer as well. Neither of them suffered this way. The way we put animals to sleep & execute murders is more humane than this. And to those who are wondering, yes, my loved one is in hospice & heavily medicated. I've always been pro-life but this experience has made me pro-euthanasia in cases like this"
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  • +5 +5 0 Victor Greywolf Apr. 19, 2015
    "Well, as far as the euthanisation goes, I think it is right for people to have that, if they are suffering, whether it is a terminal illness, or injury. I remember alot of people arguing against it, saying all kinds of messed up crap things, and those were really silly arguments. Truth of the matter is, that it is more humane to allow a person to go with death and dignity, than live and suffer in agony. With that being said, euthanization should be allowed. It would've prevented alot of problems. Look at the case with Dylan of the Columbine massacre, if euthanization was allowed, he would've gone with dignity. His diary said it numerous times, and if he was allowed that option, the shooting wouldn't have happened, and he could've gone in peace. If a person wants to leave this earth, they are going to do it one way or another, and the other may not be so nice, so with that being said, shouldn't they have the right to leave this earth with peace and dignity, rather than resort to something similar to the Columbine, or Boston bombing situation? Think about it for at least five minutes. Sometimes, allowing death with dignity can be more human and prevent problems, than sadistically allowing people who don't want to live to go on."
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  • +5 +6 -1 E Apr. 13, 2015
    "We should have rights to choose bye our self!"
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  • +5 +11 -6 jack Mar. 9, 2015
    "we should all be entitled to euthanasia and not terrible pain for what seems like eternaty."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Anna Feb. 1, 2015
    "Yes. I believe in Euthanasia. You have the right to live. The right to love. The right to work. Why don't we have the right to die? Surely you should choose how and when you wish to end your life, especially if you face dementia or terminal illness. It is morally wrong to force someone to suffer before they die (over half of terminally ill people die in pain) so that they can wait until the right day."
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  • +5 +7 -2 Don C. Nov. 30, 2014
    "Yes. It's the person's life and if that person does not desire to live for whatever reason he/she is citing who are we to dictate what the person can or cannot do? I don't see being terminally ill as the only reason for a person to choose to want to end their lives. In a world with everything becoming a struggle, double standards and otherwise being ostracized over being a low-wage earner, gay or whatever, death seems the only solution where the struggle, the criticism, the status quo and the overall B.S. can no longer antagonize the person wishing to die once he/she is in his/her grave."
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  • +5 +10 -5 Desiree Mar. 26, 2014
    "I have worked as a CNA for years witnessing the difficulty of decisions made at the end of life. This is a choice and people that have terminal illnesses should have the choice to request PAS. Medication is said to relieve virtually all pain but virtually all is not all. Why make someone suffer until the end when they shouldn't have to."
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  • +4 +4 0 Anonymous Jan. 29, 2016
    "Anna brought up an excellent point about the Oath, however she was referencing the original Oath, telling surgeons not to use a knife, don't sleep with people while trying to heal someone, and women should not be given medicine. The modern Oath, changed and deleted several of these ridiculous rules and added one I think we should pay attention to:'But it also may be in my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility..." The Oath does mention assisted suicide. As someone who watched two of their relatives deteriorate quickly enough to the point they couldn't remember each other, I can safely say sometimes doing nothing or assisted suicide is the right answer."
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  • +4 +4 0 chibuzor Nov. 15, 2015
    "Yes euthanasia should be legalised for all. Whether you suffer from any illness or not, as long as you voluntarily want to stop existing, it should be the governments duty to help you achieve that painlessly. Millions attempt suicide and end up injuring themselves and making there state of existence worse, but if euthanasia was provided for them without any self righteous moral dictators forcing people to live when they don't want to, many people would be spared a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. Withholding someone from there right to death is same as murdering one who wants to exist. Maybe even worse. It is injustice and turture to require someone to function in a world he has no desire to function in. This is not a post from a depressed or sick or poor individual.I simple speak for the liberty and rational freedom of humans who desire not to exist.No one should force others to exist because they believe God said we shouldn't end our life if we want. Maybe there own God says opposite and yours shouldn't be the only one listened to.Every pleasure is permissible as long as it does not violate another individuals right.In this case,not legalising euthanasia is an illicit pleasure of one imposing there believe on another."
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  • +4 +4 0 Carol Sep. 18, 2015
    "It's my life and I should be able to make a decision like this. I don't want to suffer in horrible pain. Why would anyone want someone to suffer? I don't want my estate (what little I have) to go to some medical provider (hospital) to take care of me while I suffer."
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  • +4 +4 0 REBEKAH G. MEAD Apr. 15, 2015
    "You bet your sweet a--!!!! We are more humane to our loved pets then we are to human, intolerable pain!!!!! Dupont has murdered my father and I. He was lucky enough to go quickly, I however have been suffering for 22 years of my life, I think that's enough time, don't you?"
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  • +4 +6 -2 Isabella H. Mar. 12, 2015
    "it really is not terrible because the person can be in so much pain and they have no hope so what is the point for suffering so long just so you can die in pain and unexpectidly one ofr my old teachers grandfather knew he was gonna die but he dint have euthanasia as an option so huis last years consisted of him being in so much pain and he was grinding his teeth to they point were they eventually just broke. JUst imagine if you have cancer or aids or some other disease just imagine having to deal with death anfd pain staring you right in the face as you slowly and painfully start disappearing. So just try to imagine how miserable you would be for the rest of your life and your only option is for them to pull the feeding tube and starve to death for god knows how long, or just wait in pain till you die, its your choice."
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  • +4 +8 -4 connor Mar. 9, 2015
    "if you have a severe illness and if your in terrible pain that can not be helped, why would you want to stay alive and in pain? why would you want to sufer extreme pain with no relife? i belive in euthanasia because it helps people suffering with no relife from pain"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Bro and Coner Mar. 9, 2015
    "Eneryone that has had to suffer through the last days of thier lives die with no dignity. It's torcher to the person AND the family of the person. Why do we put down animals but dont allow humans to have their suffering ended?!?! Its painful to watch anyone suffering die, but to know that their is nothing you can do to and the person lose their dignity."
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  • +4 +7 -3 Conor Mar. 9, 2015
    "Euthanasia is a right. You can't say its wrong to want to die until you have felt the pain. Some people wake up, can't move, and then spend the day in bed in excruciating pain. Euthanasia is their wy into a better life, and it is something you should be able to do; if you wat to. The people that suffer need to have a better solution than pain and suffereing."
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  • +4 +6 -2 N. S. Mar. 8, 2015
    "Euthanasia is physician-assisted suicide, not physician-initiated killing. If the patient is worried about dying slowly and painfully, they are going to have the time to think about it and talk with the doctor. The doctor won't be saying, "you have an untreatable cancer, so I'll going to just kill you now to save you pain" and immediately kill them without waiting for an answer. When you go to a doctor's appointment, you talk with the doctor and they get to know what you think about whatever is the trouble. It’s not like the ER with surgery, where the surgeon probably doesn't talk to you at all but has your life in his hands. You will at least have the chance to say you want to think about it or that you don't want it--then if your doctor still wants to kill you, then it's murder. But why would the doctor want to have their patient die unless the patient wants it? What would they gain? I can't think of any good motive for a doctor intentionally killing their patient (without consent). I do not think there is any reasonable danger in allowing physicians to assist anyone that wants to die in their suicide. It's the patient's choice."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Iris Jan. 8, 2015
    "My great-grandmother has been bedridden for about 3 years. She can barely communicate with others and is basically in a "vegetative state". She is in so much pain and doctors cannot find a cause to why her health is deteriorating. She has painful boils all over her body, and her immune system is deteriorating. She lays in bed all day in intense pain, and has been like this for years. Its so difficult for her to live like this another day, and her biggest fear is waking up the next morning alive. She should be able to choose if she wants to pass away, instead of lining in constant pain."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Kasem Sep. 18, 2014
    "Yes, but there should be something like a 6-12 month reflection time where the patient can go get more specialized checkups and also reflect on whether they really want to end their life. If we have a right to live, we have a right to die. People who suffer everyday a pain none of us can even understand, who have genetic sicknesses that have no cure but only "management" of pain, its their decision, its their life. With a 6-12 month reflection period it isnt a gut decision, its a thought out decision and time to get more expertise, and information, and to see if this is the option that is best."
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  • +4 +12 -8 Robin Hamm Aug. 17, 2014
    " a chronic pain patient I should have the right to choose if I wish to continue being tortured 1440 mins a day... every day of my life. I face less compassion than a serial murderer on death row. Shame on you selfish people for denying me a right to chose relief...other than having to starve myself in seclusion for fear of loved ones deciding for me that they cannot bear to have me gone. Pretty harsh for someone who was hung, had muscles ripped of the bone and back herniation, which triggered both RA and fibro...then to face my 2nd cancer and now virtually with no help from busy loved ones.

    I personally find most opponants to euthenasia have little to no experience of unending pain and loss of every bit of life other than the breathing part. Why do other people have the right to chose when I am done. Done struggling thru hard to get veins for my ra and pain med (ketamine) infusions, my stomach pains from the damage all the pills have done to my belly, the 18 different drs I go home to 85% time in bed, every holiday alone as I don't feel well enough to be able to hide my struggle and pain.

    Please honour ppl like me and let us die peacefully without pain rather than being forced to starve to death."
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  • +4 +9 -5 John Rochat MD Jun. 24, 2014
    "With apologies to Apollo and polytheists everywhere, for whether slave or free, American palliative care emphasizes aggressive attempts at symptom control. Countless times in my decades as an oncologist have I seen this to be woefully inadequate, despite all efforts. At the same time, I have repeatedly seen Advance Directives to be very effective when actually used, but still so casually dismissed by healthcare providers who appear to practice by the Hypocritic Oath. My greatest concern for social groups at risk of abuse is their equally poor access to any kind of care, which doesn't seem to register at all among those feigning concern for their welfare, yet equally addressed by the Hippocratic Oath they so love to parse."
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    • +1 +1 0 mebekili Nov. 2, 2014
      "extending someone's suffering against their will is not "do[ing] now harm" -- it is, in fact, doing great harm."
  • +4 +10 -6 Carmen May. 26, 2014
    "I'm pretty sure I saw no issue with assisted suicide for those who wanted it as it addresses the problem of failed attempts. But most definitely I am for it after having been given a hysterectomy, a permanent condition in which I have now lived in constant pain for 16 years. There are things much worse than death."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Austin Apr. 10, 2014
    "If a person is in such bad state, they should have the choice to end their suffrage. I mean, we have the right to live. It is a natural human right. Why can we not use our right to live, and end it? It is OUR lives, we have the choice to do what we want with it. If we feel as if we need to end our pain, and end the suffering. Let us do what we want. It is our lives and we should be able to express our right to live."
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  • +4 +6 -2 britt Mar. 4, 2014
    "The healthcare industry is booming due to the previously unprecedented longer life spans of this generations elderly population, no influential medical association is advocating for this type of merciful care because of the simple fact that it is not the most profitable option, sure you could make a comparatively negligible profit in the actual cost of the assisted suicide but the profit margin is so much higher when you compile the cost of 5-10 plus years of intensive, invasive, medical care. The ethical and moral standpoints are justified, the majority of the parties concerned are in favor of it (patients and their families), and the religious fanatics don't have a logical leg to stand on (especially in a society where abortion and the death penalty are generally permitted) . Just like every other issue in the United States and the world, it's all a money game, at the unfortunate cost of the suffering of the everyday person. What else is new.."
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  • +3 +3 0 Veronica Jan. 14, 2016
    "It's the sick person's decision. I think at a certain point of being terminally ill the person should be allowed to govern their own life. Depression is treatable. Terminal sicknesses are not.
    Suicide by depression and suicide by sickness are completely different."
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  • +3 +3 0 dave Dec. 3, 2015
    "yes because look at it this way if you were living your everyday life with a shortage of breath a head that would never stop pounding and be terminally ill. And you have a choice so it is not being pressured on you weather you want to do it or not. So its all your decision. And anyway you would feel more comfortable knowing that you can die on your command and not just wake up one morning not knowing how to breath or even not wake up at all. All you people who think this is bad Seriously need to do your research because you have no idea what you are talking about"
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  • +3 +3 0 Colleen Dec. 2, 2015
    "I think voluntary euthanasia should be legal because I believe that we should be able to decide what to do with our bodies. We should have the right to end our lives before we have to suffer for long months without any cure or without any hope that we will live. Even as a Christian I believe that Euthanasia is Gods will and His way of getting someone back home to Him in Heaven."
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  • +3 +3 0 Stella Todd Oct. 27, 2015
    "I am almost 75, have been having seizures for 10 yrs and had a minor stroke a year ago. If I should suffer a major stroke that leaves me unable to think clearly or care for myself I feel that I have the right to exercise free choice and end my life."
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  • +3 +3 0 Victor Greywolf Oct. 23, 2015
    "Alot of the arguments against the euthaisation has to do with this "god" mumbo jumbo. What if there was another argument, such as preventing mass murder, such as the case with Dylan Klebold. (Read his diary before you decide to attack) as well as people like Brittany who was sick with terminal cancer who wanted to end her life. Why can't people in a country that gives people the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness allow people who want to take their own lives the right to do so? I mean, can people arguesomething other than the "god" angle for this? If we are allowed to do what we want with our lives, then shouldn't that include dignity with death? I know some use the mental illness angle to argue against it, but if a violently mentally ill person wanted to die, shouldn't they do so, in order to stop a rampage from happening, such as the case with Columbine, and/or other shootings, such as the Batman premier? I mean, most of the antis arguments are, for lack of a better word, quite childish at best. We need to look at this situation from REAL perspectives, such as what are the benefits of PAS, and maybe look at it from an educated perspective, rather than a perspective that an activist or media would use otherwise."
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  • +3 +3 0 Karen Edwards Oct. 8, 2015
    "I watched my mother die of Alzheimers over about 10 years. At first it wasn't bad, although she was terrified and angry about what was happening to her. Her later years were horrible. Many times she commented that she would like to die before she lost herself completely, but did not have the chance. If I am ever in the same situation I hope that I have the ability to choose a more dignified death and not have to go through the humiliation and indignity, and that my children don't have to watch me die in such a horrifying manner."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Polemid Aug. 25, 2015
    "I have the right to end my life if I am terminally ill. I have right to choose how much suffering I am willing to endure. I believe I am a spiritual being having a human experience. When time is I can no longer live dignified because of my illness. Then it is my right to choose when life is to end, lest I suffer the death process by disease."
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  • +3 +3 0 geri Jul. 23, 2015
    "Yes.....too much needless suffering. If you are terminal, with a known decease, no cure....then it should be your decision to terminate your life. Long term suffering is horrific for the patient and family. The cost to prolong life in terminally ill patients is a burden on the system, a waste."
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  • +3 +3 0 wdtony Jul. 5, 2015
    "It's my body and I can do whatever I wish with it. Including adding euthanasia to my living will in case I am in a horrible medical situation where I cannot make the decision for myself. suicide is not illegal and euthanasia should not be illegal either. If other people want to suffer, that's their right//// don't force others to suffer who don't wish to lie being tortured in a hell on earth."
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  • +3 +3 0 Luis Apr. 29, 2015
    "Euthanasia is advantageous in many more ways than disadvantageous. It can help a patient in numerous ways: it can stop suffering and cause an impending death to come sooner and thus save a lot of heartache and pain. Just barely lingering on the border of life and death one should be able make a decision to slide into eternity with dignity, without pain, with their loved ones present. As sad as it is, we should not force people to live in misery. It is also a fact that there are many diseases out there that can cause a patient excruciating amount of pain. For instance, blood cancer can include symptoms such as bone fractures, repeated infections, and persisting bruises. If a patient tries every possible way to fight a disease but hits a dead end, it will simply be better to meet death in a dignified manner than die in a hospital bed not recognizing the person you've withered away to. Life is hard to live with any sort of terminal illness, in many cases death may be the better answer"
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  • +3 +7 -4 Anna Feb. 20, 2015
    "It is not up to the people who are not suffering from an incurable illness, to choose for those who are suffering, whether they can choose to live or die. It should be the patient's choice; it's their body and their mind and their choice. This isn't a selfish thing to do; deciding to end your life peacefully with your family knowing you died in peace, is better than having them watch you suffer in pain for months or years."
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  • +3 +7 -4 true dat Feb. 9, 2015
    "They should be allowed to choose if they want to live or die if their family and friends accept there choice and they are in pain then if they want it should not be illegal."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Anonymus Jan. 19, 2015
    "I think yes.if there in pain why make them suffer. But its there choice. if they want to live give them pain killers. If they do not.... Its there choice."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Tom Trangmoe Dec. 17, 2014
    "I' a rather strong believer in personal autonomy, and the fact that if a person wishes for something to be done to himself that will have no harm on another, then he should have the right to do that."
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  • +3 +9 -6 Green Eyes Oct. 17, 2014
    "Being in extreme pain in this society today makes it extremely difficult to get meds to control the pain. That being said, if people are in extreme pain I believe they should have the right and availability for euthanasia."
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  • +3 +8 -5 wend Oct. 12, 2014
    "I'm pro because I want the right to choose how I leave this world. I don't want to burden my family and I want the option to seek assistance when that time comes. To not have this option is truly frightening to me."
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  • +3 +9 -6 Becky Oct. 9, 2014
    "Yes, absolutely! Only those who suffer could truly understand. I am a healthy 41 year old female. And I have not been exposed to a lot of suffering, but I believe that the choice absolutely should be left to the individual. Nobody should have to suffer in an indignified way. Everyone will die, that is out of our control. We should be able to make the choice of how much suffering we want to put ourselves and our families through."
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  • +3 +10 -7 Robert A. Oct. 8, 2014
    "IMHO the reason many are against it is that Millions of dollars will be lost by Doctors, Hospitals & Big Pharma. It's the same with stopping Illegal drugs from entering the country. Thousands of jobs would be lost, police, the courts, lawyers, hospitals, doctors & Big Pharma. It always comes down to
    The Money.. Why cure cancer with all the Billions at stake. Yes, there are cures for cancer."
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  • +3 +11 -8 Daniel Aug. 21, 2014
    "I am currently in horrible pain with no prospect of this pain to subside. The condition I have will only get worse with time and my pain will increase past human suffering. With no chance of things getting better, what CHOICE have I but to end my own life with dignity? The answer is, NONE. Those who wish me to stay alive and do nothing but suffer are in no position to judge me. There but for the grace of you, go I."
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  • +3 +10 -7 LoganMorgan Aug. 10, 2014
    "38,300 people committed suicide in 2010 in the US according to CDC figures. These people deserved to terminate their lives as peacefully as possible, but for most, that was not possible."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Matthew S. Jun. 2, 2014
    "I personally believe that euthanasia should be legal. I think it is a human right to be able to choose when to die, it is your life after all. But I will say there is a fine line between suicide, and euthanasia. Euthanasia should only be used when you personally believe that you are ready to leave this earth, when you no longer believe that you can live you life like a normal person, and when you can no longer live independently (that is, you cannot live without life support or without major medical intervention). Sometimes you life isn't worth living anymore and you have to pass, that is the way of life.

    However I am completely against euthanasia if the person has not given consent, I believe that is still considered murder."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Dylan Mar. 10, 2014
    "We should respect the fundamental freedom of individuals to take their own lives for their own reasons. Without limiting this right, it may well be advisable to implement safeguards that prevent people from abusing the system (e.g. by blackmailing someone into taking his own life).

    One common proposal is to let physicians arbitrate whether a person is eligible and his/her reasons good enough. But this is no solution at all: the proper role of a physician is that of a specialist advisor, contracted by the individual to provide information and treatment options. A physician may provide facts, opinion, and even conjecture, but it remains the unabridged right of the individual to decide how to act on this information.

    But there will be other options for preventing abuse while securing the broadest possible freedom of self-determination, and we as citizens should look for them. (In practice, this freedom may have practical exceptions, just as hate speech is excepted from the laws protecting freedom of speech.) And just as with free speech, we must each decide whether we are prepared to defend those who exercise this right to self-determination, even if (and no matter how strongly) we disagree with their conclusions."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Suzanne Tyrpak Feb. 24, 2014
    "I believe people should have the choice to die, and I hope to see this right provided to the people of my state, Colorado. Otherwise, as my time approaches, I will move to a state that supports human dignity."
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  • +3 +5 -2 George H Zinn Feb. 10, 2014
    "I don't think the gov't should interfere with a person's decision to terminate his or her own life, as long as it does not incur injury, stress, or harm to other individuals. The decision to live or die should be within the stewardship of myself. If I feel that there are stressful factors in my life that I cannot resolve, such as long term jail sentences, then I would rather petition the gov't to end my life, rather than serving in a living hell on a daily basis. Sometimes suffering alive can be worse than dying."
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  • +2 +2 0 Kha Jun. 23, 2015
    "If somebody wants to take the easy way out, I don't see a problem with that. The religious beliefs and the prejudices of the doctor should not factor in either somebody wants to relieve their suffering from a wasting aliment."
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  • +2 +10 -8 Kristi Apr. 19, 2014
    "I am PRO because I see firsthand, on a daily basis, how many patients suffer a slow and agonizing death. These people are hurting, laying in beds where others have to provide and care for their most basic needs. They no longer have their independence or hope to ever regain that independence and dignity. Many times, there is no other outcome for them but to remain in this miserable existence without anyone or anything to give them any hope."
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    • -2 0 -2 Jake Apr. 25, 2014
      "Without anyone or anything to give them any hope? I believe that is called a family"
  • +1 +2 -1 Billy Mays Feb. 1, 2016
    "I think these people need to mind their own business, if someone wants to die then let them die. It's not your problem if someone wants to die so mhmmmm."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Calvani Jan. 22, 2016
    "only if the person deathly sick or hurt ask if they could be killed they should. Because they are suffering, if you were suffering with stress or pain ect would'nt you want to die?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Courtney Nov. 29, 2015
    "People whom are against PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: Every con comment i read lacked ethos (for many reasons), but mainly because they are all opinion based responses. Also, one con comment i read was so illogical that the definition they gave for "euthanasia" was completely made up by them and their biased opinion. Here is the CORRECT definition for euthanasia: Euthanasia, also called mercy killing, is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition.
    Another thing that bothers me is that fact that con people bring up religion. I am not religious, which being an american citizen i have the right to that freedom, it is disrespectful in ways i cannot explain to attempt to force your religion on others.The fact that abortion is even brought up in this discussion is ridiculous, honestly i should not even have to explain why. But for the sake of the people who obviously cannot figure it out - IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS TOPIC. the only thing that it has in common with the topic, is that they are both CHOICES. A choice that the terminally ill patient deserves to make."
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    • +2 +2 0 Josh Glass Jan. 26, 2016
      "Finally one educated person. Euthanasia should be an option for those who have a terminal disease."
  • +1 +2 -1 Helen Jun. 14, 2015
    "I have seen so many of my close relatives die horrible deaths - I truly believe humane euthanasia should be legalized in the United States! Hospice has it's benefits, but I work at an animal clinic and we treat the animals better than we do humans!"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Donald Jun. 7, 2015
    "Absolutely! When someone is tired of life, as am I, one should be able to go to a local hospital, sign the necessary waivers, be administered an anesthetic as for a surgery followed by a life ending drug - Without the interference of religious zealots or the government."
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    • +1 +1 0 wdtony Jul. 5, 2015
      "Well stated, I completely agree. Also I would like to see the euthanasia (anesthesia and life ending drug) option included in living wills alongside "starve to death" and "be dehydrated to death" which are both already legal."
  • +1 +2 -1 Mikah May. 15, 2015
    "Im pro because its their life that they are taking so why would it be your choice on whether or not they can do it.People that ask a physician for assisted suicide or more than likely tired of the pain and suffering that comes from medical conditions like cancer.They believe that if they are going to do then it should be on their own terms.You are not in their shoes and don't understood the reason why they would want to do it."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Lindsay Faust May. 10, 2015
    "Thank you so much! This column was amazing and very helpful! I never knew that there were so many people out there who have asked for and experienced death with dignity, or that have witnessed another's life-ending decision/procedure. I strongly support the physician-assisted death act myself, although I am not diagnosed with any sort of severe medical condition or disease. I feel that it is up to the patient to ask for their own death, when suffering from unbearable pain, medicinal side effects or other medical symptoms. They should not, by all means, have to be forced into treatment against their own will, nor be unnecessarily kept alive while living their life in fear of an uncontrollable, horrific death. I admire Brittany Maynard's bravery and acceptance of her choices. I think that everyone should be able to have this choice, no matter their race, status, or ethnicity -- death with dignity is not a privilege, it's a human right!"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Andrew Apr. 8, 2015
    "Yeah I think it should be legal, your gonna die anyway, might as well end it peacefully rather then going rough the pain and dying in misery"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Kat Apr. 8, 2015
    "If someone has a terminal illness then they should be able to choose when they go not when time decides to take them."
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  • +1 +3 -2 WillyYumH Apr. 2, 2015
    "The only reason most people deny this is due to religious purposes. Some people do not believe in a religion. Or, they feel they are ready to go now. It hurts to have a loved one leave, but it hurts more to see a loved one suffer with agonizing pain when they can receive a quick and painless death. They can say their farewells, something most people cannot do."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Robert A Oct. 8, 2014
    "I have never read so many Moronic posts in one place. Here are few reasons for my comments. We are made in GOD's image. Well folks, I got news for you, we all look different so that reasoning is out. Why do all the Holy Rollers forget that GOD gave us FREE WILL, do you need an explanation in what FREE WILL is. Euthanasia is done WITH THE PERSONS CONSENT and is not considered Murder. Die before your time. Who knows when it's your time?"
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  • +1 +9 -8 Esther Aug. 24, 2014
    "I think the person should have the right to stop pain and suffering"
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  • +1 +8 -7 Jhon Beloit Mar. 11, 2014
    "Because and I think it's good but it keepe the population down and then we have more medical reasources"
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  • 0 0 0 unknown Feb. 5, 2016
    "Sometimes people are in so much pain they want to die"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Madison Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think it should not be illegal because if you are really stressed life will just get harder."
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  • 0 +4 -4 ... Dec. 10, 2015
    "no one should suffer"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Amelia Nov. 23, 2015
    "I don't think palliative care is a bad thing because it is stopping someone from suffering"
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  • 0 +3 -3 angela magnano Nov. 22, 2015
    "the medical industry is money hungry and that is the bottom line.....we are paying for their knowledge
    but they are only people doing a job.....they are not gods..."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Noah McCune Nov. 17, 2015
    "We live in the United States of America are we not inclined to our natural rights and by at least my standards of life we have that natural right to death tho be it though a injection or through natural causes anthropologically speaking it makes sense for us to be able to do this in the medieval times if you carried the Plague most doctors at the time would suggest that the carrier was beheaded so the person felt no pain from the illness This may be barbaric how has times changed in the past 2 to 3 hundred years"
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  • 0 +4 -4 James E. Gierach Oct. 8, 2015
    "Yes. People should not be treated with less love and caring than dogs. There is no moral or spiritual virtue in extending suffering and prolonging agonizing life. The choice should be in the patient/individual in consultation with physician or others with whom the patient/individual chooses to consult. Dr. Kevorkian was a humanist and leader."
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  • 0 +6 -6 levi Oct. 7, 2015
    "it is sad but necessary"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Donald Jun. 5, 2015
    "Not the government's business if I no longer choose to participate in life!"
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  • 0 +5 -5 World Health Organiz Apr. 30, 2015
    "World Health Organization defines Quality of Life as
    individuals perception of their position in life
    in the context of the culture and value systems
    in which they live and in relation to their
    goals, expectations, standards and concerns.
    It is a broad ranging concept affected in a
    complex way by the person's physical health,
    psychological state, level of independence,
    social relationships, personal beliefs and their
    relationship to salient features of their
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  • 0 +5 -5 bobby Apr. 30, 2015
    "If the person who is in pain and does not want to take it anymore should have a right to ask the doctor to pull the plug if that is what he or she wants."
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  • 0 +5 -5 calum Mar. 12, 2015
    "im tired of all these people saying that "god has a plan" just because you belief in a bearded man in the sky doesn't mean everyone does, and its unfair to people."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Shankar Prasad Gupta Dec. 27, 2014
    "i support legal euthanasia .All others anti euthanasia lobbyists are political to sell either vote banks or pahrmaceuticals."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Lee May. 22, 2014
    "I work in a nursing home and often wonder what a patient thinks, some wish they could die. I had to make the choice with my father who has a massive MI [myocardial infarction or heart attack] and after days to take him off life support. As a family member to do this is still hard to fathom, but shouldn't a person have the right to choose when they are of able mind and body. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years, I have watched doctors put patients on dialysis just for the money, when you ask that person what they want often its just to say goodbye to a loved one and die. I believe we need to take a stand on PA [physician-assisted] suicide and make it legal."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Tristan Henderson May. 19, 2014
    "Because a dying patient who has no chance of recovering and is just going to suffer a painful and inevitable death should be able to end their suffering if thats what they want."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Dalton Smith May. 6, 2014
    "If euthanasia is legalized it will end the suffering of many. Imagine day after day of pain, knowing no end. What if it was your family member in pain, are you just gonna tell them to thought up? Not letting people choose euthanasia is murder. Murder is the unlawful act of killing without the victims choise."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Tyler Apr. 30, 2014
    "For many reasons this is a very sensitive subject, the main reason being that doing so would be murder or "Assisted Suicide" which both I can see how it is viewed that way. All in mind though, this is the choice of a bedridden patient who is on the brink of death and would suffer all the way to their death. If and only if the patient was categorized as eligible for Euthanasia, meaning he/she had such a disease to where it deemed necessary for them to move on would this procedure ever occur. Therefor people with conditions less severe, such as people with high depression cannot choose this as an option because their condition is in fact treatable and not so serious that euthanasia would not be available for them. So this power could not be abused by doctors or people simply wanting to leave this earth. Many may say it is taking the power of god into your own hands, but this would be governmentally controlled and religion and government do not go hand in hand. In the end it is up to the patient's beliefs whether or not they choose to move on"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Jake Apr. 24, 2014
    "I believe that people can die however they want to die. If a person is in some serious pain and doesn't want to live with it for another second. I feel that they should be able to decide to go peacefully rather than in a whole lot of pain."
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  • 0 +10 -10 kaitlyn Apr. 22, 2014
    ""The right of a competent, terminally ill person to avoid excruciating pain and embrace a timely and dignified death bears the sanction of history and is implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. The exercise of this right is as central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this Court's decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment. In particular, this Court's recent decisions concerning the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to abortion instruct that a mentally competent, terminally ill person has a protected liberty interest in choosing to end intolerable suffering by bringing about his or her own death."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Carl de Wet Mar. 5, 2014
    "I feel that every human should have the right to choose. Thus far I've been healthy but life does not come with any guarantees and anything can happen at any time, so I would like to have options available to me when the time comes."
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  • 0 +8 -8 ykle Feb. 13, 2014
    "You have a right choose what to eat, you have a right to choose who to marry, so why must people suffer when they see their lives' value is gone."
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  • 0 +14 -14 Emma Feb. 10, 2014
    "I think physician assisted suicide should be legalized. i agree because it is't fair to have to make people endure pain and suffering but, i feel they should have guidelines. They should only let people with a sound mind ask for the drug ad they must have only six months until their unenviable death."
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  • -1 +8 -9 M.MacLeod May. 8, 2014
    "I am for assissted deaths because if I reach old age(late 80's)and have a body and mind that is not working I do not want that to be the memory of me for my family and secondly our health care system cannot afford to keep so many of us alive with support systems and required extra staff."
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  • -2 +8 -10 THECOWMAN_:D May. 10, 2014
    "yes, im a pro since it isnt really killing if the person is going ti die anyways. If someone gets euthanized it is more of doing them a favor"
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  • +23 +163 -140 Jessica Jul. 3, 2012
    "I can see where this would be okay, I am EDUCATED on it. And Originally Pro but a question to ask is what if doctor's start believing that they can govern whether a person's life is worth it or not?"
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    • +8 +11 -3 Ranele Apr. 15, 2014
      "It is understandable that you would have concerns with the doctor's choice. But euthanasia is the patient's choice. If they are to kill a patient without their own consent, hopefully they will be brought to justice."
    • +5 +10 -5 Lethal Apr. 28, 2013
      "That would be illegal according to the legislation that we are debating here and then the doctor would go to prison if they decided to do what you're suggesting. Basically your statement is off-topic."
    • +3 +4 -1 anon Mar. 12, 2015
      "doctors do not govern it would be an option to the patient to do what they think is best for their own lives because euthanasia is for the patient to decide"
    • +3 +5 -2 Bobby Mar. 10, 2015
      "The doctors dont kill the patient without the patients okay. The doctors dont say 'Oh, this person's life isnt worthy of living' and kill that person. The person goes to the doctor and says 'Please end my suffering' and thats what the doctors do"
    • +1 +5 -4 Robert A. Oct. 8, 2014
      "If any person allows a doctor to make the ultimate decision then that person should be eliminated. The whole idea is for a person to take charge of their destiny."
    • +1 +5 -4 kaesem Nov. 5, 2013
      "well then again it would have to be watched so there would be a system for who wants to die or not"
    • +1 +6 -5 Galactus Aug. 17, 2013
      "To AlexHunter:
      Is a rapist's life worth saving? NO.
      Is a catatonic victim(?)'s life worth saving? YES, IF it can be saved using modern/future medicine. Are you serious? What if they were catatonic for only 24 hours? You need to get your head checked.
      Is an 80 year old Alzheimer patient's life worth saving? Depends. Depends on if they are on the right meds or not, and future, very near future medicine may well prove to be life saving and life changing for Alzheimer patients. You are a sick person Alex. More shocking is that you got more thumbs up than thumbs down. I approve euthanasia for you."
    • 0 0 0 Katlyn Dec. 3, 2015
      "you are very educated"
    • -3 0 -3 george blanco Mar. 19, 2015
      "but it is better than knowing that you can die any time"
    • -3 0 -3 Anonymous Feb. 10, 2015

      You cannot naturally assume that rapist did it in cold blood. It depends on if they regret it or not. People do change and some people aren't mentally stable. If they know they did wrong should their life still end?"
    • -5 +7 -12 kiss my a** Nov. 1, 2012
      "There's paperwork that has to be done, a written statement from the patient needs to be added to that paperwork, but other than that in Oregon they take some lethal medication after verified that htye only have six months to live and are of the mental capability to descide."
    • -5 +10 -15 AlexHunter Oct. 3, 2012
      "Is a rapist's life worth saving?
      Is a catatonic victim's life worth saving? (be honest)
      Is an 80-year-old Alzheimers patient's life worth saving? (again, be honest)"
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    • -13 +2 -15 no kill zone Jul. 18, 2012
      "There are doctors that I would call thugs.Thugs steal and there are doctors who steal people's lives with euthanasia. Both of these kind of people are both what I would consider and call thugs. doctors who do euthanasia are worse because people put trust into them to help us and not kill us. They betray us and cause endless amounts of pain by their actions.With a thug we expect bad things from them but it is shocking when done be a doctor or medical staff who we are supposed to be able to trust to heal and save."
  • +1 +20 -19 Anna Jun. 9, 2015
    ""I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect."-Hippocratic Oath. Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment. In the end, euthanasia may be put as a considerably high option from the physicians. Euthanasia is supposed to be voluntary from the patient. But when the patient keeps in mind about the cost that will be saved if they take their life, and how it could help others, would it still not be bias? Euthanasia can lead to suicide contagion. When it is legalized for one to end his/her own life, then society is getting the message that suicide is an answer to life's problems. Euthanasia is not just harsh on the family who has to suffer through the loss. The physician also has a cause in the death, and may be affected as well. Patients who believe euthanasia is the correct choice have every right to do that. However, what if they took a step back and looked at the whole picture. No one's life is being saved- life is only taken. I would say I am mostly Con, but slightly Pro as well. I understand where people are coming from, watching a family member die in front of them is definitely not a nice sight. However, they should contact their family before."
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    • +2 +2 0 wdtony Jul. 9, 2015
      "Everyone should have the right to put the option for euthanasia in their living will... or not. That way you can choose for yourself. No matter what we believe, we shouldn't step on the rights of others. Sometimes when doctors keep people alive, they are doing harm. Maybe God wants them to die but man is stepping in the way. Place the person in the woods and if God wants them to live, they will. I see some preserving of life as torture. That's why we put down animals sometimes... it's the right thing to do. I liked your balanced comment, I have had two severe brain injuries and watched 2 grandparents die with Alzheimer's over the course of a decade... so I am biased. But I think my experiences have given me a more clear view of why euthanasia is so important."
    • +1 +1 0 Josh Glass Feb. 2, 2016
      "That is the old version of the Hippocratic Oath, not the new one."
  • -1 +1 -2 alicia Feb. 3, 2016
    "its a sin. the bible staright up says nope. AND let me ask yall a question. did you make your life? nope. is it yours? nope. therefor the desicon wether to die or not is not up to you."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Jo Dec. 8, 2015
    "I am against this because my grandmother was given 3yrs to live when my mother was a senior in high school she had cancer. My grandmother lived 30yrs after the doctors told her she wouldn't. I feel nobody even the doctors know if the disease will kill someone in 1yr or 20yrs. If a patient wants to refuse treatment that is their right but a Dr should never help somebody kill themselves."
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    • +1 +1 0 Trisha Nicklay Dec. 11, 2015
      "Doctors do know when a patient is going to die due to cancer. My grandmother had ovarian cancer, doctors said three years for her. She went on hospice care, they said she would live six months. She lived exactly six months after hospice care."
  • -1 +99 -100 Amy W. Nov. 26, 2012
    "Understandably there are some patients who are suffering and dying. With out euthanasia these people would not have a reason or a true way to give up their life. They could continue their fight to surviving. Doctors who kill patients without their consent is completely against all human rights. Also killing those who are born with a disability or those who can not be taught is wrong. Everyone has a right at life, which is why we are put here on Earth. It makes sense with people who are terminally ill, have a killing diseases or any thing that could relate to their death. But physicians who talk and attempt the killing of people with disorders is wrong, plus it goes against the sanctity of life. I am Con-Euthanasia but I am also Pro-Euthanasia. I am 16 years old and I am writing my term paper on this topic. I have read many stories that broke my heart, and many that made me tear up in joy. Some lives are saved and put to rest, to end their suffering. Others are "sentenced" to their death without their consent, and that should not last any longer. Thank you for reading and I hope you feel the same as I do."
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    • +5 +5 0 Carol Eblen Jun. 25, 2013
      "Thank you Amy W. for your balanced comments on this serious problem. I am almost 86 years old and I was shocked and very hurt that a physician, who was treating my husband, actually attempted to shorten his life without his informed consent and without my (his surrogate) informed consent. Unfortunately, the hospital cooperated because they KNEW there would be no reimbursement from Medicare/TricareforLife for the life-extending procedure that could save his life. because they had been over treating him in the outpatient setting and he had already had two previous hospitalizations for complications, etc..

      It is too long of a story to tell here but you are right, physicians shouldn't have the power to kill the elderly/disabled without their informed consent for the purpose of protecting the bottom lines of the hospitals and the clinics.
      . .

      Look up the 1991 Patient Self Determination Act and you will see that the Congress in 1991 did give the elderly/disabled very ill patients the right under Medicare law to refuse life-extending treatments to shorten their suffering. In this law, discrimination (lsuch as covert and overt unilateral DNRs that shorten life) is prohibited but, never enforced."
    • +2 +5 -3 Lethal Apr. 28, 2013
      ""Others are "sentenced" to their death without their consent"- Do you have sources to back up this statement? I highly doubt there are a significant number of cases where doctors choose to kill a patient without the patient's consent. And even if there were then it still has nothing to do with the legislation we are debating here, because the legislation won't allow murder; it'll only allow assisted suicide. Your argument is barely related to this topic."
    • +1 +2 -1 MaiXi Feb. 3, 2014
      "You are right about that we should continue fighting for our life and we all have the right to live, but we also have the right to die (i mean how do you want to die?) a patient who has an incurable disease should have option on how they want to die if they believe they are ready to move on (to die) and we should all respect their decision because it's their life and they can only make their own life decisions. Consider how much money is spent on an incurable disease on a patient that hasn't been improved for a long time? Don't you think that money can be use to advance medical technology to prevent others from going through the same path? Also consider imagining your feet in a patient who has an incurable disease? Do you want to live in the hospital for the rest of your life? Do you still want to suffer and let others continue to cry over you and worry about you and that their main focus is you? Do you want other people to suffer because you're suffering? Also, I'm pretty sure that a doctor killing patient without their consent is illegal because it's call murder. Just something to think about."
  • -3 +20 -23 Jack Westbrock Mar. 10, 2015
    "Austin Scott is wrong, there is a difference in putting down a dog and putting down a human. doctors take oaths to never kill a human while they are in office. euthanasia is the killing and taking of a valubale life. what if a cure is found after they died that could have cured him and stopped the pain and stopped him from dying. then what? you have killed a good human with a cure that could have saved them."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Kat Apr. 8, 2015
      "so what you have just told me is that you dont value an animals life...."
  • -3 +69 -72 Callie Jan. 23, 2013
    "The only bad thing is that if it was a public drug (which most likely it wouldn't be) people could murder other people or if they are depressed they could take it without getting help first."
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    • -4 +1 -5 Hunter Jan. 23, 2013
      "I agree with you, but that isn't the only reason why euthanasia would be bad."
  • -4 +24 -28 Jaxon E. Feb. 9, 2015
    "Though there are so many pros to this subject, where is the peoples hope at? Yes you may be suffering and want to give up so bad, but give yourself a chance to look forward to a better future. Of course the situation may vary depending on age. But if you're in the prime of your life, why not give life a chance to get better. You could have so much to look forward to, we don't know what the future holds so why not try and let yourself hold the self-will and strength. If you go through so much hard times you can barely take, have hope that you'll be rewarded for going through the pain and being a strong person through life. You can't be successful without a sense of optimism"
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    • +8 +8 0 Kerri Mar. 4, 2015
      "What better future is that person suppose to look forward to? I think that this is an individual's choice. Its a Terminal illness. I'm sure you would not let your dog live if he was terminally ill and you felt that he was suffering. think of quality of life. Pro-choice."
  • -4 +20 -24 Jeffry Jan. 21, 2015
    "It is a moral duty to attempt to prevent suicide in general; euthanasia too. If someone is threatening to kill themselves it is your moral duty to try to stop them. You would not, for example, simply ignore a man standing on a ledge and threatening to jump simply because it is his or her choice; and you would definitely not assist in his suicide by pushing him. In the same way, you should try to help a person with a terminal illness, not help them to die."
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    • -3 0 -3 Ben Jan. 29, 2015
      "Could not have been more right"
  • -4 +29 -33 your rights Jan. 19, 2015
    "I think some people have a chance. if a Medicaid for that sickness comes out the next day you had a chance. But you ended it.But its your choice: Your body Your life Your choice."
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  • -4 +35 -39 Anonymous Jan. 7, 2015
    "Physicians murder over 650 babies per year in the United States alone because they say that the children will be "mentally disable" or they could die by the age of 10. My cousin rusty wasn't supposed to live past 9 and he is 23. He is a living, breathing miracle."
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    • +10 +12 -2 smarty Feb. 10, 2015
      "what does that have to do with Euthanasia."
  • -4 +22 -26 Jennifer Nov. 2, 2014
    "All life is precious. Every second of it. Who's to say when you're supposed to go and how long you can say? No one. If you cut short life just because you can't "do it anymore" its just quitting. If we gave up on everything like that we would never do anything. And then what would be the point of living at all. Depression happens to people who are considering suicide. Whether it be a thought out plan or a spur of the moment idea. I have seen many people who are ready to give up and die and that to me is a part of depression,making everything pointless. People who bring up the idea of assisted suicide are asking a person who gave an oath to do no harm, to do the biggest harm imaginable, death."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Bob Nov. 7, 2014
      "Is every second of life precious when it is fraught with intense suffering and pain?"
  • -4 +44 -48 Christian Jan. 24, 2013
    "If I am still alive, it means God has decided that my time is not up. God should decide when I die. Not to mention that this is ASSISTED SUICIDE, which is ILLEGAL. Why should laws be different if it's done by a doctor?"
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    • +3 +3 0 A Oct. 14, 2015
      "You have to realize not everyone is religious. Assuming you're talking about the U.S, The First Amendment states anyone "has the right to practice his or her religion, or no religion at all" therefore, religion can't be used as an argument"
    • +2 +2 0 Silver Shiftcat Jan. 19, 2016
      "so what a "god" does your life for you? it's your life not this "god" of yours"
  • -4 +30 -34 Eliana Aug. 29, 2012
    "The thing is you want to die...but you never know...if you do live God may do one of his miracles and heal you when you think there is no hope. If you are in pain put your self in Gods hands and if you are a christian it will be worth it because in heaven there's NO pain No suffering!! Revalation 21:4 reads: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.""
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    • +2 +2 0 mauve66 Mar. 20, 2014
      "oh, so you read a book that says there is no pain or suffering. I read a book that says most people are selfish idiots who needlessly keep people alive for their own needs. Oh, thats right, i'm going to hell so it doesn't matter what i think. Well, please let me go as soon as possible"
    • +2 +3 -1 Stacy Oct. 22, 2012
      "Well then that means those of us who are not religious will die either way. If I were terminally ill, with no hope, I would want the comfort of knowing, that if i so chose, I could be eased out of my misery. Prisoners get euthanized because they comitted crimes. I comitted no crime, but became deathly ill. Why then do i not deserve to be peacefully laid to rest?"
  • -4 +50 -54 Amy Hasbrouck Jul. 19, 2012
    "Fifteen national disability rights groups oppose assisted suicide as unnecessary and dangerous for elders and people with disabilities and terminal illness. Assisted suicide is unnecessary because each person already has the right to refuse treatment, food and water, and to have palliative care, even to the point of sedation. It is dangerous because financial pressures and cost-cutting incentives can lead to inadequate health care and ancillary services, and thus a poor quality of life. The "safeguards" in assisted suicide laws are ineffective. The diagnosis of terminal illness ("likely to die within six months") is often wrong, or simply ignored. No mental health screening is required to detect conditions that can cause suicidality. Nor do these laws include monitoring or enforcement to prevent abuse by relatives or doctors. Finally, such laws single out certain groups (such as old, ill and disabled people) for discrimination. When non-disabled people are suicidal, they are treated for depression and even detained to prevent their suicides. Yet when people with disabilities or terminal illness show such feelings, they get help to kill themselves, thus assuring a successful suicide where most others fail."
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    • +3 +3 0 Louann Rose Apr. 17, 2013
      "Would you like to be in so much pain that you cannot move a muscle? So much pain that you cannot speak? Would you like to live a life where you cannot enjoy the company of your loved ones because you are unable to think of anything other than the excruciating pain you are feeling? A life where you cannot breathe normally, therefore you are unable to do basic daily activities such as getting out of bed, eating, talking, laughing, getting to a bathroom or kitchen? How about a life where you cannot find the strength or energy to go to a loved ones special event such as a wedding, baby shower, birthday or birth of a child? People with terminal illnesses always end up with a life like that eventually. Before it gets that bad, they would like to have the option of being remembered as they lived normally, not as a vegetable or someone their loved ones cannot even recognize emotionally or physically."
  • -5 0 -5 joshua temke Jan. 12, 2016
    "its basically murder which is illegal so should euthanasia if a doctor is aloud to murder legally then there should not be such harsh punishments for people who are not doctors. its just some flat out bullcrap that i'm not putting up with any more"
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  • -5 +1 -6 Lily Hale Jan. 5, 2016
    "this is immoral and is just like playing god! the persons parent who gave them life will have to watch them die. We were given life for a reason. there are people to help us overcome it!"
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    • 0 0 0 Silver Shiftcat Jan. 19, 2016
      "immoral you say? you know if we can't live life the way we want. then why be here at all? i mean we have a right of what we do and if we can't then why live?"
  • -5 +2 -7 no Jan. 4, 2016
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    • +2 +2 0 why Jan. 7, 2016
  • -5 +4 -9 Cecilia Akin Oct. 16, 2015
    "What if the doctors begin to do this without a person's consent? What do we do then? At that point, it would already be legal and there is nothing we could do. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. People are actually considering this??? No, I'm good, thank you."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Reslyn Tony Oct. 1, 2015
    "whats the use of doctors if they're just going to suggest suicide"
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    • +3 +3 0 Victor Greywolf Oct. 23, 2015
      "Beats the alternative, which is suffering alot either physically, or emotionally. Think about the people such as Brittany, the one who decided to end her life, due to terminal cancer, or Dylan Klebold, who wanted to die so bad. If they allowed something like physician assisted suicide to happen, alot of massacres and suffering would end peacefully, and not only that, get rid of a psychopath who will wind up comitting suicide by cop, or by armed gunman, and will be put out of their misery. By allowing those who want to leave the earth in a dignified and peaceful way, we eliminate the chance of mass murder, and uncalled for suffering. If you follow the stories of the aforementioned people, they were already dying inside, and it was a matter of time before something was going to give. The arguments against it are mostly with this "God", and not real logic. If a person wants to die, they are going to do it one way or the other, either by their own hand, or the hand of someone else, and the results only feed activists, and media desperate for sob stories, nothing that really counts as tangable. So, why can't people, if they are adults, why can't they end their lives in a diginifed, and paceful way. Think about it before you attack me."
    • 0 +1 -1 Justin Mann Oct. 19, 2015
      "I have to admit, this is the best comment I've heard on the subject. It is indeed ironic that the person whose job is to save your life could also be the one to end it at your request."
  • -5 +5 -10 Against!!! Jun. 3, 2015
    "By rescinding legal protection for the lives of one group of people, the government implicitly communicates the message--before anyone signs a form to accept this alleged benefit--that they may be better off dead. Thus, the bias of too many able-bodied people against the value of life for someone with an illness or disability is embodied in official policy."
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  • -5 +6 -11 shanyah loves you May. 4, 2015
    "both because they don't want you to suffer although still don't have the right to put you to sleep like as dog"
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  • -5 +31 -36 Sophie Mar. 20, 2015
    "I am extremely against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide because I believe God is the giver and taker of life. It isn't our job to end life. God says in 1 Peter 2:21 to endure suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. God rewards our suffering. However, I can see how someone who doesn't have hope in Jesus would choose the rout of euthanasia or physician assisted suicide. I also can't say how I would respond if I were going through the pain that many terminally ill people are going through. I understand that they go through unimaginable pain and suffering but at the same time I believe God has a reason for everything, and I hope if I were ever to undergo such suffering that I would endure until the end."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Ellie Apr. 8, 2015
      "Yes, in the Hippocratic Oath it says " most importantly, do not play God"."
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  • -6 +3 -9 Jimin Dec. 23, 2015
    "There can always be a cure for a disease or a sickness."
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    • +2 +2 0 Silver Shiftcat Jan. 19, 2016
      "wrong! what if it cancer or something what then? what if the sickness is to far in the body? why do you think people are okay with it? because it lets then be free from the pain. if you were in the place of it what then?"
  • -6 0 -6 Artimis Hitunul Dec. 8, 2015
    "It is not right"
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    • +1 +1 0 Silver Shiftcat Jan. 19, 2016
      "what's not right is not being able to have the right of death if we want it"
  • -6 +20 -26 blank May. 22, 2014
    "I can see where this would be okay, I am EDUCATED on it. And Originally Pro but a question to ask is what if doctor's start believing that they can govern whether a person's life is worth it or not?"
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    • 0 +3 -3 truth of my'miracle' Aug. 17, 2014
      "I am not educated on it...I LIVE IT EVERYDAY...EVERY MOMENT. Why is this always about Drs and families, and often other people's God or faith choice...but so little about the suffering human being? My goodness DOGS & CATS are treated with more humanity and compassion than I am offered. My choice? I get to choose to starve to death, in secret in fear my 'loved ones' will disregard my right to self determination. Shame on every human being, esp. Healthy non paining ones who feel they have a right, (ugg I want to vomit at this point) to FORCE me to remain in unending pain for time upon 48 my family lives long...and i have a disease that put my immune system in overdrive healing me from most everything easily...but the pain, conveniently....yet it eats my own body when it has nothing to do I get to live 20 years in agony, how bout 30, 40? Whenis enough in your book...mine is every surgery possible and 8 yrs and 1 month since the hanging accident that started my hell whilst travelling on the train Nariz del Diablo in 2006. When do I have the right in your book to the rights you brag about and vote for every day...why is your rights to your happiness and freedoms superced mine? Something to ponder, eh?!"
  • -6 +21 -27 Carol Eblen Jun. 21, 2013
    "Absolutely Not! The Passive Euthanasia of elderly/disabled on Medicare/Medicaid is already taking place under the radar of unilateral, covert and overt "default" DNR Code Status that is extrapolated into the hospital charts of the elderly to LIMIT life-extending/saving procedures that the Hospitals KNOW will not be reimbursed under CMS reimbursement protocols.

    Because of the problem of overtreatment at the end of the lives of the elderly, wherein the elderly would often die in expensive ICUs and CCUs, Medicare, , over ten years ago started to institute reimbursement protocols that punish hospitals and physicians when elderly patients are over treated and die in their ICUs. NOW, CMS does NOT reimburse for errors, omissions, non beneficial overtreatment, and any complications of errors, omissions, non-beneficial overtreatment, etc...The hospitals/physicians have to EAT these costs and the shortening of the elderly patient's life with unilateral, covert and overt, DNR code status permits them to CAP unreimbursed costs without having to deny a life-saving procedure on the basis of "medical futility."

    The 1991 Patient Self Determination Act would be violated if euthanasia were legalized!. ."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Carol Eblen Jun. 25, 2013
      "The 1991 Patient Self Determination Act seems to legalize voluntary euthanasia but the 1997 Federal Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act appears to deny Medicare $$$ for assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.

      How are the States who have legalized assisted suicide managed to stay under the radar of this 1997 Act that hasn't been repealed. I thought federal law and policy preempted state law and policy."
  • -7 +19 -26 Dykzgx Oct. 16, 2014
    "Understandably there are some patients who are suffering and dying. With out euthanasia these people would not have a reason or a true way to give up their life. They could continue their fight to surviving. Doctors who kill patients without their consent is completely against all human rights. Also killing those who are born with a disability or those who can not be taught is wrong. Everyone has a right at life, which is why we are put here on Earth.. But physicians who talk and attempt the killing of people with disorders is wrong and against the bible. I am Con-Euthanasia but I am also Pro-Euthanasia.I have read many stories that broke my heart.this should not last any longer. Thank you for reading and I hope you feel the same as I do.""
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  • -8 +19 -27 Jacob Apr. 25, 2014
    "I am opposed to the legalization of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients as administered by physicians (it goes without saying I would opposed involuntary euthanasia as well). While I respect and advocate for patients to have control and dignity in dying, it is contrary to the vocation of medicine to intentionally hasten or cause death. In all cases (medical or non-medical), taking human life should be a last resort, and until our society has given appropriate attention to pain control, hospice care, and advance directive, we will not have met the criteria of last resort with respect to legalized euthanasia. I accept refusal or non-treatment of patients with terminal conditions wherein the underlying cause of death is a disease or organic pathology."
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    • -1 +2 -3 just wondering May. 12, 2014
      "you have a good point, but if vets are to animals as doctors are to people, cant the same be said about putting animals down? also, if a person has committed to the idea of suicide, it is much more reasonable and less traumatic to allow them to choose euthanasia than perhaps kill themselves the old-fashioned way- if you'll excuse my frankness"
  • -8 +14 -22 Kevin Manning Apr. 24, 2014
    "I think it should not be legalized because some people don't even get to make the choice whether they want it or not. Also people should be able to have a natural death not a "mercy killing." Is it even a mercy to do it and not let them live longer? I can see were people could come from but how is it for us to decide who lives and dies."
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    • -1 0 -1 Megan P Nov. 29, 2015
      "It isn't for "us" to decide, but for the individual in question. Who are YOU to tell them they should live in agony?"
    • -2 0 -2 BOB May. 20, 2014
      "I agree whole heatedly"
  • -8 +52 -60 David May. 18, 2012
    "Not sure where I completely stand however that being said my biggest concern is where do you draw the line between euthanasia and murder. If you allow it then thugs could claim they were aiding people in suicide just like doctors..."
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    • +7 +9 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "What kind of ridiculous reasoning is this?"
    • +1 +2 -1 Lethal Apr. 28, 2013
      "The line is already drawn in the proposed legislation and in the current definition of those two words. Murder is killing a person against their will. Euthanasia is giving a person the means to end their life. There would probably need to be video evidence or something along those lines of the person actually pressing the button to release the lethal drugs into their body. If you're worried about the doctors forging false paperwork in your name or something like that then that could already happen now. All they'd have to do is say you died of such and such a cause when they really murdered you. There are drugs that can't be detected in an autopsy. Are you seriously afraid of a doctor murdering you just because they don't want to treat you?"
    • +1 +2 -1 Shanna Jul. 24, 2012
      "That is no where near the same thing. But if you want to use that as a comparison lets start with Thugs and drug dealers would not have a job if people did not want those drugs. Unfortunately the majority of people who us drugs do so because they want to. Then they become addicted. It is supply and demand. If people stopped using drugs then we wouldn't have thugs trying to sell them. Just like drugs though we would not be having this discussion if there was not a demand for it. We live in a country where our rights are supposed to be protected, well if it is our life and our right why can we not do what we want to do with it? Doctors treat those who seek them out and if a patient is terminally ill and is only being kept alive by medical technology. Then who are you are anybody else to tell a person what they should have to live and suffer through? I do think the rights should be reserved with those with terminal illnesses not just anybody who is having a bad day and wants to kill themselves. Think about yourself suffering and knowing you are only alive because of technology and wouldn't you want the choice. I would much rather go when my time comes then linger and it should be my choice not yours or anyone else."
    • +1 +5 -4 Jessica Jul. 3, 2012
      "It would be different because thugs wouldn't have the same drug the doctors carry. Doctors would be permitted to assist with a certain drug available to them. Thugs kill with other things available to them: guns, hammers, cro bars, knives etc."
    • 0 +2 -2 Anonymous Nov. 13, 2012
      "There would most likely be specific guidelines as well as a cost for euthanasia."
  • -9 +14 -23 Elaine Marlowe Sep. 3, 2013
    "There is a huge difference between, assisting the death of someone through an injection or drinking poison than letting nature take it's course. We have come so far with medical ways to keep someone alive. I can readily understand not keeping someone alive with a respirator or other devices but to end someone's life because they are ready to go either through pain or depression is truly inhumane. Also by deciding whose life is worthy and who is not can take us down a slippery slope. I see comments on the pro side where people describe their loved ones going through excruciating pain. Well the other side can have consequences too. My mother was passively euthanized by denying her food and water. If you think this is a pleasant peaceful death, try going without food and water for a couple of days. See how you feel. No it's an agonizing death."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Emma Feb. 10, 2014
      "i understand and feel terrible about what happened to your mother, but this is why it should be leagalized. it would be much better to just take a pill and die a peacedful death then slowly starve yourself"
  • -9 +37 -46 E Jun. 5, 2012
    "I am personally against Euthanasia as I believe death is never an answer. It is argued that choosing to die is far more dignified than dying in pain. I however disagree, As a Christian I believe God allows everybody to die with dignity. I also believe that God answers our prayers, prayers for healing and answers. God has the power to heal any disease but he also has the power to end our lives. I think that God would honestly not let us die in unbearable pain, however if we asked him to take the pain away, he will call us home if the time is right. If not he will give us an answer other than death."
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    • +7 +8 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Does God allow everyone to live in dignity also? What are you doing to help ease someone's pain aside from sitting in judgement? How many suffering lives and bad deaths have you been an active part of? Must be nice to live in your insulated world. I am a Christian and physician aided dying is compassionate."
    • +5 +5 0 Max Jun. 14, 2012
      "what about those who believe differently?"
    • -3 +1 -4 E Jul. 10, 2012
      "I respect that not everyone holds the same beliefs as me however this is my personal belief. I do beleive god eases pain and allows you to do die with dignity. I am not saying I want to cause people pain or will stand by as someone suffers however i believe god may be an alternative."
  • -9 +43 -52 ThatRandomGirl Apr. 23, 2012
    "I am con, because I (being a Christian and proud of it) beleive that God put one person on the Earth because he wanted them to stay there, rather than become depressed, fatigued, [Insert other problem here] and then decide to kill themselves just because of that.

    There is a certain reason for living for everyone, and I believe that one can help another find that reason and hope to go on. I'm not saying that they should just 'suck it up and go on with it, you jackwagon'. No. Not at all. There's a reason they're here, and a reason to keep going.

    The elderly too have their 'own time' to go. Not by the hands of doctors. God has his own schedule for everyone, like a doctor has time to see his patients.

    Also, another good point I have thought up. What other being besides people receive euthanasia?

    If you said animals like dogs and cats, you are correct.
    If we're able to die like our pets, maybe we should just live like animals as well.

    I don't mean to sound over voiced or a loud ignorant person, but I dare say, it sounds like murder to me."
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    • +2 +6 -4 wes May. 6, 2012
      "What about cancer patients that are in constant pain, does God want them to stay that way right until they die, does God want them to suffer.. If they want a lethal dose of morphine. give it to them as long as they give the consent."
    • +2 +7 -5 Nwarguy Apr. 23, 2012
      "Not everyone believes in Christianity for one. #2) Why should YOUR morals have any say for someone else concerning THEIR life? How is it murder? It's called suicide."
    • 0 +2 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Murder is killing one against their will not aiding their request.
      I'm glad to hear that you are willing to help me find my purpose in this pain. When are you coming over?"
    • 0 +4 -4 Tatum May. 17, 2012
      "I think doctor assisted suicide should be legalized because if they are mentally stable and completely sure than that is there choice and I'm not a religious person by any means, but I believe that everything happens for a reason and if god is really up there the that is what he planned for that person. Also not everybody shares your views on life. What if the person is in so much pain that they can't handle it anymore. My great aunt whom i was very close to had to go through this and i wish she hadn't have had to but she did and his was the path she was lead on. If she had wanted doctor assisted suicide then we as a family would have supported her, but she was one of those people who fought until the end.Others are not all this way though. So in conclusion it's their decision not yours."
    • -2 +2 -4 lucy May. 26, 2012
      "you may not mean to but you sound increadably ignorant and one sided mayby try to think about it from anothers perspective."
  • -9 +56 -65 for life Mar. 10, 2012
    "NO this should not be legal. It is not legal in califorina but yet it is still used and the california department of health accepts it. Our loved one was drugged into a coma and then the doctors had a discussion that her life was not of quality because she was drugged and they refused to not only not treat her for a treatable infection and the drug overdose, but they also gave her meds that would kill her with the infection she had. NO ONE should ever have the right to kill another human being. Killing of any kind should be completely illegal."
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    • +5 +5 0 Jack Nov. 5, 2012
      "From what you wrote, this sounds like a case of criminal negligence on the part of the doctors, not euthanasia. If legalized, NOBODY would be euthanized against their will. I am undecided on this topic but I strongly believe that everyone should be educated about it before making up their minds about where to put their vote."
    • +2 +2 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Corrext, so we should have the right to determine ourselves
      that our life is at an end and get aid in dying before that happens."
  • -10 +18 -28 Eren Jeager Feb. 25, 2015
    "i beleive suicide is wrong"
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  • -10 +13 -23 Converse Feb. 24, 2015
    "GOD is the only one who should/can take lives. Either way killing is cruel and there really is no point in ending anyones lives, do to pain and suffering"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Isabella Mar. 12, 2015
      "god would want you to make your own choices, its his life he gave you"
  • -10 +13 -23 GODLOVER Feb. 5, 2015
    ""God is our savior He decides when to die and when to live. Do not go against that, it is not right He is the ruler and the reason we all live.""
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  • -10 +20 -30 priest4lyfe Feb. 5, 2015
    "dont kill urself! wait for god's calling. you will see the light!!!"
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    • +4 +7 -3 Willber Apr. 21, 2015
      "You have no right to force your religion on others."
    • +4 +8 -4 Rick Mar. 19, 2015
      "Been waitin' 60 years..... so far a "no show"!"
  • -10 +7 -17 joey Jan. 28, 2015
    "it can depress family members when one dies this can lead to dispopulation. its the dominano effect."
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    • +5 +5 0 Victor Greywolf Apr. 19, 2015
      "Maybe, but what about watching the person who is suffering. Isn't that also depressing as well? I mean, they have to think of the person who is suffering. Imagine the pain they are going through, and put yourself in their shoes. I mean, if you were suffering like that, and you wanted the pain to stop, wouldn't you want people to allow you to go away with dignity? Beats the alternative. If people were truly as humane as they are, they would understand that the life of that person is in your hands, and it would be very cruel to allow a termanilly ill, or injured person to continue to suffer, especially if there is no chance for them to survive and lead a normal life, it would be more humane. As far as the "lead to dispopulation, and it's the domino effect" as you put it. I doubt that would happen, since not everyone is terminally ill or suffering with extreme pain. Something to think about."
  • -10 +15 -25 Shea Apr. 21, 2014
    "we should not let doctors help let us die. we are supposed ton trust them to try to help us get better. we need a little hope. we need hope to keep us going instead of dying"
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    • +2 +2 0 Lily Jan. 10, 2015
      "If I was your daughter and I had a disease like Motor Neurone, would you be happy to sit back and watch me suffer even if my wish was to die on my own terms. Would you be content if I tryed to kill myself because I believed there was no more hope?"
    • +1 +2 -1 Robert a Oct. 8, 2014
      "If you have a terminal disease and a very short time to live and suffering with pain and there is NO HOPE, what do you do?"
  • -10 +18 -28 Bob Apr. 21, 2014
    "i think that doctors should not be murderers. we should be able to trust them. and not have them kill us because we are suffering. NO MURDERERS"
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    • +3 +3 0 Government Official Apr. 23, 2014
      "Sir. Please Understand this is not murder, People who are suffering will understand why people have the right to euthanasia. Please notify me for any more Questions, comments, or concerns."
    • -4 0 -4 Carmen May. 26, 2014
      "Doctors are already muderers, butchers, and maim many people everyday. You seem to be unaware, as long as they are being paid, I'm sure they can live with this task."
  • -10 +20 -30 Blyrone Blashington Mar. 31, 2014
    "Euthanasia is directly killing of innocent life. it should never be legal. There are so many reasons why its wrong to kill anyone regardless of health or age. People are not animals. we must do or best to heal them, but we shouldnt kill them if there is no other way."
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    • +3 +3 0 marina Apr. 11, 2014
      "what if there's no cure? Just watch them suffer then?"
    • +2 +2 0 sammy May. 12, 2014
      "the idea is that the people who die CHOOSE the death, it not like people are being murdered. its assisted suicide"
  • -10 +17 -27 Dylan May. 19, 2013
    "I believe the only way to live happily in heaven, is if we suffer now. We will not no the goodness we receive, when we end it short. A doctor's job is not to kill you, it is to help assist you through the end of your life. If they wanted to kill, they should have been murders."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Juston Jul. 15, 2013
      "What of those who do not believe in heaven or hell?"
    • 0 +1 -1 mebekili Nov. 2, 2014
      "so other people should be forced to suffer because of YOUR beliefs? how arrogant!"
  • -10 +29 -39 Cuuroline Jan. 16, 2013
    "It is not anyones choice wether they die or not. That is in Gods hands."
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    • +1 +1 0 A Oct. 14, 2015
      "As I have stated in a different section, not everyone is religious. Assuming you're talking about the U.S everyone, "has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all," (First Amendment)"
  • -10 +21 -31 Destiny Dec. 6, 2012
    "well in some cases it would be ok but if someones just suicidal then they need to be put on suicide watch not the end to their life for no reason"
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    • +1 +1 0 Katherine Aug. 29, 2013
      "No one's "just" suicidal. There's always a reason."
  • -10 +40 -50 Havanah May. 22, 2012
    "If doctors swear no harm when they take the Hippocratic oath they shouldn't do any harm. Care for people with serious illnesses doesn't include euthanasia."
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    • +2 +2 0 James Nov. 13, 2012
      ""...If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty..." - The Hippocratic Oath"
    • +2 +3 -1 Mark Jul. 13, 2012
      "Doctors also specifically swear in the Hippocratic Oath that they will not perform an abortion, yet look at how many abortions happen."
    • +2 +4 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "I have a decade of experience with doctors who have done me great HARM. In their practice to cure me. Care does in-
      deed include acceptance of death as relief and you are foolish not to understand this."
  • -10 +20 -30 jandersen May. 11, 2012
    "endure to the end"
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    • +1 +1 0 Betterway Jul. 18, 2012
      "to li If someone is suffering too much and they want to take their life this has happened before. I knew someone who did take their own life after suffering from a terminal disease and did it in a very peaceful way. What is upsetting and wrong is doing it in medical facilities.This is just encouraging bad doctors and medical staff who do not want to do their job to take lives freely. There would never be enough patient security and protection to prevent innocent lives from being taken. It is already acceptable and it is already used. Do some research and you will see.That is why we should not encourage it. We need to instead discourage it to save innocent patients from being killed."
    • -4 0 -4 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Are you coming to help me?"
  • -11 +11 -22 Ada Cho Mar. 10, 2015
    "i say no!!!!!!!!!! that is a terrible thing"
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  • -11 +7 -18 Jackie Feb. 12, 2015
    "euthanasia is helping them suicide them that should not be legal.Because do want kill your family, friends do you we should take another human being."
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  • -11 +15 -26 Patrick Hines Nov. 12, 2014
    "No because you leave your loved ones behind with all the financial troubles and you leave a hole in their hearts."
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    • +1 +1 0 Mikah May. 15, 2015
      "You leave a bigger hole when they sat there and watch you suffer with pain your whole life.Most family would rather them die peacefully."
    • +1 +3 -2 Lily Jan. 10, 2015
      "You leave a hole in their hearts however you die."
    • +1 +4 -3 an educated student Nov. 18, 2014
      "Thats not always the case. Most of the time the family talks it over and agrees to it. Most people wouldn't just do it without telling their family."
  • -11 +23 -34 Sabrina Jan. 22, 2014
    "I understand the struggle of watching a loved one suffer, because i've had that experience too. However, is it really right to kill one of your family members? Kill IS the right word, because it means to cause the death of, and your approving the death of your loved one means that you basically lost all hope for them ever surviving. I"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Lachy Mar. 23, 2014
      "i see what your saying but if there is no hope and they are just going to suffer and die shouldn't someone have the choice to take their life and save them the suffering."
    • +1 +2 -1 Michael Duty Feb. 10, 2014
      "it is to "kill" or give right to "kill" to another unmoral inhumane and cruel to the family to the patiant and to the one perfoming the assisted suicide. i never give up and when my great aunt went to the hospitel with brain cancer my family was there for her we didnt give up we conferted her in the end she did die but she died happy with her family beside her"
    • 0 +3 -3 MaiXi Feb. 3, 2014
      "when you mentioned "is it really right to kill one of your family members?" technically, you're not killing that person and you're not approving the death of your loved one, only that loved one can give permission. Kill is a strong. Just consider, don't you believe people should have the right to die however they want?"
  • -11 +12 -23 Veronica Dec. 5, 2013
    "I am against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide because it is unconstitutional and unethical. Hopefully the four states that have already accepted it will regret it."
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  • -11 +14 -25 blue Oct. 25, 2013
    "No, because it's still killing a person. yes. it is very sad that ppl you love or cherish might be dying but who are we to judge and terminate a human life it's like abortion. But it is up to the person let his blood be on his own hand. There is a reason for everything."
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    • 0 0 0 Ray Oct. 21, 2015
      "A fetus doesn't agree to an abortion. A grown human being can agree to have their life ended. Abortion and assisted suicide aren't even comparable."
  • -11 +13 -24 Giselle Oct. 24, 2013
    "I don't think euthanasia should be allowed because its killing people and that person should get respect and its not by its nature to kill people they should decide. Doctors should save life's not take life's"
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    • +1 +1 0 May Jan. 10, 2015
      "But sometimes they cannot be saved. This is the whole point of the debate."
  • -11 +13 -24 Jaeden Ramirez Oct. 24, 2013
    "I think that it is horrible to let people kill them selves legally."
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    • 0 0 0 shanyah May. 4, 2015
      "for reals dude I totally agree this stuff is ridiculous smh smh smh"
  • -11 +17 -28 jorge Oct. 9, 2013
    "its just not right to take your own life no matter how said or how much pain your in, you die when you die not when u want."
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  • -11 +14 -25 Kyah Oct. 2, 2013
    "I do not think that this is right. Yes it would save money if insurance companies didn't have to pay for peoples medical treatments if they are already dying, but that is not a good enough reason to push people into dying. I think it against most people's religion which yes that is not always a big thing in peoples lives but the lives that it is a big deal in it is causing a big issue. I understand that some people are suffering because they are in pain but I don't think that is a good enough reason to end a life. I also think it is way to close to murder for comfort. If you can sit and watch someone die and just say oh, but I didn't touch them I just sat there and watched that is just as big of an issue. I think that yes it is okay for a doctor to take someones tubes out if they are in a coma with no chance of coming out of that I think that is a completely different topic than going to someone's house to feed them medicine to kill them or sufficate them. I don't think that is ever or should ever be accepted."
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  • -11 +17 -28 Jessica Adams Apr. 17, 2013
    "I think not because everyone is made in the image of God. Regardless of so called "quality of life" people can not deny the twinkle in the eyes of a mentally retarded person who receives proper love and attention. It is not about how much they can do. It is about how we insure their having a good life"
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    • +1 +1 0 mebekili Nov. 2, 2014
      "what has someone being "mentally retarded" got to do with terminally ill patients deciding not to suffer and slowly deteriorate?"
  • -11 +24 -35 Grace Ocran May. 16, 2012
    "I am against physician-assisted suicide because it is morally wrong and what gives doctors the right to "play God" and make the decision that that patient needs to die...what they should do is allow the patient time to rethink their decision and try to make them reconsider because no one knows day you might have stage 4 cancer and the next minute it could...vanish as if it was never there...Who said there were no such things as miracles?"
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    • +7 +7 0 Lady Jul. 23, 2012
      "Ok so assisting someone to die, who is obviously suffering, and ultimatly all that the individual is doing is waiting for death, is considered playing "God." However, do you not think that when an individual is kept alive with machines, is this not playing "god", by going against nature and trying to keep the person alive beyond reason? We had extended life, we have people in machines and gone beyong to keep people alive that otherwise nature would had already claim, is this not playing God?"
    • +1 +1 0 Kathy Apr. 8, 2015
      "Yes... miracles.
      Those are sososososososososososo rare! And if someone's lungs were slowly filling with fluid, would they want to end that- soon? YES! So what if they survive! They are suffering!
      You don't know till you have experienced it."
    • -1 0 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "There are indeed miracles and compassionate doctors would indeed be one. They grow cold with greedy indifference. They make life & death decisions selfishly everyday. They
      are the gatekeepers and I hope you have a merciful one
      when the time comes. This is reserved for the rich mostly."
  • -11 +28 -39 seishin Apr. 25, 2012
    "no one has any right to play God or Grim reaper a life is a life you have no right to decide nor do they if they or a loved one should die technically its murder"
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    • +4 +4 0 ILH May. 1, 2012
      "I am just playing the Devil's Advocate here so please do respond with violence because I'm not siding with anybody but wouldn't prolonging someone's suffering be a sin and saving someone who doesn't want to live be like playing God/Grim Reaper."
    • 0 +1 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "I don't view death as grim, but a God given relief for the callous treatment I, as a disabled person in pain, have
      suffered. With PAS I have the right to end my pain and responsibility to manage the burden. You won't & can't,
      so no murder here."
  • -11 +29 -40 anonymous Apr. 18, 2012
    "The problem with physician-assisted suicide comes in, when a person is psychiatrically suicidal. When you are physically or mentally disabled, you might come to a point in your life when you don't think it will ever get better. Suicide is a way out, a way away from the pain. I'm against it because I've tried to commit suicide before-when I thought my life wouldn't get any better- and afterwards, I regretted it."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Savannah Jan. 12, 2013
      "I am Pro-Euthanasia, but I don't think that euthanasia should apply to people who are just depressed/etc, I believe it should be for those who are suffering from a terminal illness and what-not that have no chance for survival."
    • +1 +1 0 wes May. 6, 2012
      "I do believe in places where it is practiced if the patient is severely depressed they will not do it.. When the person makes that decision they have to be of sound mind.(as sound as it can be for someone in that situation)"
    • 0 +2 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Unlike you. I have benn unsuccessful with 3 attempts and regretting THAT. How is your ego so huge you have no
      understanding of the lonely violent end we are forced to
      resort to when there is no civilized option? I would never
      force you to die against your will...why force me to live?"
  • -11 +32 -43 sad Apr. 4, 2012
    "If life has any meaning at all, does this not mean that the suffering that is at the end of most of our lives life has some meaning as well? We will all die in some way, but to enable someone else to kill us to end our own suffering is pure selfishness on our part. And those who wish to end the suffering of a family member will only make the family member feel like they are a burden to those around them."
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    • 0 0 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Stinkin thinking. My decade of suffering has only spread poverty, fear and isolation for me. Is that the wonderful meaning of it? How selfish of you to bully me to continue
      In agony."
    • 0 +1 -1 justathought Apr. 16, 2012
      "Although you present a valid argument, it if very one sided.I've known and worked with many with a terminal illness and although some agree with you, not all do. Is it not selfish to keep someone alive against their wishes when they are in immense pain and suffering? Should it not be left to the patient, much like a DNR, to make this decision?"
  • -12 +8 -20 Kaylee. Feb. 27, 2015
    "I believe that this should stay illegal because it hurts so many other people and you cannot just give up on yourself. If this dose occur the person whom helped should be charged with manslaughter."
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  • -12 +24 -36 a Christian Jul. 10, 2014
    ""Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?" -Ecclesiastes 7:17

    "You shall not murder." -Exodus 20:13

    "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image." -Genesis 9:6

    "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." -1 Corinthians 3:16-17"
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    • +1 +3 -2 A student Oct. 15, 2014
      "It's true that you shouldn't destroy God's temple. You should keep on fighting that illness. If you have faith in God Have faith for that he will cure that illness. When the times comes for you to go you do ,but meanwhile fight and enjoy life. Including those who suffer from depression, not illnesss, fight because God loves you and you should have faith in him because he will always come to you."
    • 0 0 0 Megan P Nov. 29, 2015
      "Okay Christian, you've missed the boat entirely, my friend."
    • 0 +2 -2 C. Nov. 9, 2014
      "-all of humanity who had watched a loved one suffer in the name of your imaginary, absurd, self-righteous "god"."
  • -12 +10 -22 Gabe Faler Apr. 24, 2014
    "I am against this because it is in-morel and just plain wrong to kill someone because they are not getting better fast enough. It is still murder and wrong to kill."
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    • 0 0 0 Franci May. 14, 2014
      "Or amoral"
    • 0 0 0 spellcheck May. 12, 2014
  • -12 +31 -43 Michael Duty Feb. 10, 2014
    "we should not give anyone the, argueable, right to take someone elses life."
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  • -12 +15 -27 Respectfully Anon. Feb. 6, 2014
    "I believe in all that the Roman Catholic Church teaches through my own personal conviction. I believe euthanasia is morally unacceptable because every person has human dignity because we were made by God in his image. It is his gift to us so we have no place rejecting it. In most cases the wish to die is caused by depression, which is treatable. I have a friend who has wished to die innumerable times, and I don't know what I would do without her. Please, for those of you with the same desire, know how precious you are. You never know how loved you are or what an amazing difference you can make in this world, so have courage and hope! Live every day to the fullest, knowing that you are uniquely precious and irreplaceable.
    If anyone needs additional help, I would advise you to seek a professional counselor. Find a youth group or set up a weekly schedule to hang out with someone close to you, doing something positive."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Brenda Miller Mar. 4, 2014
      "You summed it up perfectly. SHE wants to end her suffering. YOU want to keep her alive for your own selfish reasons!"
    • +1 +1 0 Megan P Nov. 29, 2015
      "We aren't talking about people taking their own lives over something like depression. We are talking about terminal illnesses, and incurable pain."
    • +1 +1 0 sam Mar. 13, 2014
      "Actually, that last bit of advice would help depression. BTW, anyone who wouldn't want to keep one of their best friends alive apparently doesn't care about the in the first place."
    • 0 +1 -1 James Feb. 28, 2014
      "you need to do more research on this subject, clearly anyone who has ties to this issue would kn ow that youth groups and counselors don't den apply to the current topic."
  • -12 +10 -22 Sam Jan. 9, 2014
    "I do believe that euthanasia should be legalized because it is up to the patient to choose, whether he or she chooses life or death, I couldn't give a damn. However, TECHNICALLY speaking, euthanasia, by its definition of "physician-assisted suicide" is murder, because killing someone with their consent is the same as killing someone without their consent; in the end, you're still killing someone. Legalizing euthanasia, in other words, would be creating a legal and government-protected method of killing people, at the bare minimum. Not taking into account all the details, just looking at the facts and definitions, euthanasia is murder, and no person has the right to take a life but their own."
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  • -12 +16 -28 Saeideh Nov. 24, 2013
    "As you know,technology and medicine are progressing very fast.After Euthanasia,maybe the scientists could find the way of curing.So,this is a regrettable mistake."
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  • -12 +16 -28 kate Oct. 21, 2013
    "No. this is like playing God."
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    • +1 +1 0 adrihanna May. 14, 2015
      "that's okay. but what about when you put your dog down because it cant eat or walk or sleep? That's an advantage that humans don't have. Humans shouldn't have to artificially live."
    • -1 +1 -2 Jaeden Ramirez Oct. 24, 2013
      "That's a great reason Kate. I support!"
  • -12 +15 -27 Hayley Hemminger Oct. 11, 2013
    "Though people do have the full right to physically govern their own lives, it can be a major restriction on the world's knowledge of medicine if future patients choose to quickly end their lives. Not that the terminally ill should suffer, but many times, the longer they endure the pain of illness, the more it helps future patients by the knowledge of certain diseases and their cures, and the future lives can be saved."
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  • -12 +11 -23 Lee Jul. 5, 2013
    "Euthanasia is suicide which is legal, but doctors and hospital staff may go out of hand and start killing patients who they think is wishing death. How would you know if the patient really wanted to die. I also personally believe that suicide is one of the worst ways to die."
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  • -12 +13 -25 Hunter Jan. 23, 2013
    "I don't think that euthanasia should be legal for many good reasons. First off I don't think anyone at all has the right to end someone's life unless that person who is intended of being killed using euthanasia asks the doctor and provides good reasons to why they want to die. I especially don't think that euthanasia should be used on teenagers. If a teenager asks the doctor to help kill him/ herself it might be because the teen is having emotional issues or are just mad at something that they will eventually get over. Basically only a mature parent/guardian should speak to a doctor and ask if they could use euthinasia on their child. Even then they would have to provide sufficient and specific evidence to why the child should be put down for reasons like suffering. These are just my thoughts on euthanasia, and I hope most people agree with me."
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    • +1 +1 0 Nathan May. 20, 2013
      "Being ignorant is one thing, but being ignorant and uneducated is another. First of all, I agree with Kaytie; you are missing the entire point of Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS). PAS is only for terminally ill patients who's quality of life is literally nothing. Why prolong someone's death if they are suffering immensely and want to die? Secondly, you really should get educated on the subject before spouting out nonsense.
      Thank you."
    • +1 +2 -1 Kaytie Jan. 31, 2013
      "You're missing the entire point of euthanasia. It isn't for healthy teenagers who are depressed and dealing with emotional issues. It's for patients who have zero quality of life, and will sit and die, probably excruciatingly slowly, in complete and utter pain, for days, weeks, months. In many cases, they do ask to be killed. They don't want to live with the pain anymore because it's unbearable. Perhaps you should do a little research on the people in these situations."
  • -12 +21 -33 Samantha Lise Gould Nov. 11, 2012
    "I had an extremely sick grandmother who died, while she was fully conscious, by murder. My mother had removed my grandmother's oxygen and my grandmother died of oxygen deprivation."
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    • +6 +9 -3 m Nov. 19, 2012
      "That is unfortunate but that is not euthenasia. That sounds like murder!"
    • +2 +3 -1 Lily Jan. 10, 2015
      "That's passive Involuntary euthanasia which is considered murder in probably all countries. I'm sorry it happened."
    • -2 +1 -3 anon Feb. 7, 2014
      "I'm very sorry for your loss. Please have hope and find healing. We are praying for you and your family."
  • -12 +54 -66 Bailey May. 21, 2012
    "As an LDS I believe that everyone must endure to the end. We live our lives and then die. All of us must go through hard trials and some of us don't make it. If we just keep strong then we have a great chance. Maybe the illness and pain will go away and we would have killed ourselves for nothing. That's why I'm against euthanasia."
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    • +3 +3 0 Kevin Jul. 31, 2014
      "Correct me if I am wrong, but I have heard from many different LDS friends that say that in your church you do not kill yourself or others because it is part of your commandment. The reason why you believe in this commandment is because God told you to follow these rules no matter what. I also heard that God loves all his children. If he does not want us to kill ourselves because it is against the commandment, does he want us to suffer in pain? Would that be considered love from God? Would he truly want us to suffer and like you stated: "endure to the end?" As a parent, if my child or someone I cherish is suffering and in pain, I would do anything to take away the pain. If they consent to euthanasia or other suicide-aided treatments, I will allow them to do it, because I know it would be a hard and painful life if they continued to live on, and "endured". I believe that is love, knowing when to let someone go, instead of trying to selfishly let them live for my sake. How can God be a parent to us if he never allows someone to relinquish their pain, and tries to make us live on and suffer, and saying that he loves us? How can you possibly believe that someone can endure to the end, and still believe everything will be fine?"
    • +2 +4 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "I love the LDS, but not ALL of us can keep strong through
      decades of chronic illness that doesn't go away..ever. No
      man can judge another & I hope you never have such pain
      your only hope for love is through physician aided suicide."
    • 0 +2 -2 Joe Dec. 13, 2012
      "It's not the idea that you are giving up, it is the idea that you move on, break your shell and find a new one. I'm not at all versed in the teachings of LDS but I know you believe in a heaven. I personally am not sure what we can expect but to most it is enough to say goodbye to this life. Why live and subject yourself to hell when you can be free and possibly move on to a better life? In all religions it makes sense. Whether you believe in reincarnation, an endless eutopia, or like me are not even sure what to expect it is better that to sit and suffer. In fact choosing to stay alive promotes the belief you seem to be against which is to just be a useless nothing with no aim or goal."
  • -12 +20 -32 person Apr. 19, 2012
    "did you know that in the netherlands where euthanasia is legal almost all old people get it? ok yes people can avoid sufering but are all old people in the netherlands that sick? doctors swear in their oath that they won't give a deadky drug to anyone or even make a suggestion to that effect. do you want them to have to break their oath or change it because it suits some people? what if doctors in the future dont ask for your ok they just kill you cause you're in pain or terminal when you wanted to fight to the end? we have plenty of suicides every year without doctors helping people do it!"
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    • +4 +4 0 Robert May. 8, 2012
      "Did you know that people of the netherlands were judged in a survey several years ago as being the world's happiest? If you had to experience the emotional trauma of having BOTH parents simultaneously as being terminally ill at 91 (a more than ripe old age), you might change your take on it! My sweet mother especially has been in alot of physical and emotional pain for years! Why is it we can "put our beloved pets down" but not human loved ones? It is YOU con people who are the merciless ones!"
    • 0 0 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "The only ones who get it are those who have completed medical directives they want it.'s our right. Accept
      relief from the should be our right as well. Suicide
      is sad, tragic, & violent because we have no compassionate
      choice such as PAS. THIS is Heartless and Cruel.."
    • 0 +1 -1 Skeptic May. 17, 2012
      "I'm going to need to see some citation for this."
  • -12 +32 -44 Shelbi Apr. 16, 2012
    "No it should not just because it is stated in the constitution you should want to live. You can go to the Kingdom of God when your time is up, you should not kill yourself its not good. Dont just think about yourself think about the people you are hurting by doing this, think about you friends or your mom or your dad. Think about the other people in your life."
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    • +7 +9 -2 Gabe Apr. 26, 2012
      "Yes, there will be people that will get hurt, but people die all the time. How are you going to prevent them from hurting? Plus, families would feel more hurt seeing someone in pain. Have you ever heard of ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease)? People can live for years slowly and painfully losing their life and feeling. Not only is there stess on the family emotionally, but financially as well. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent by families to keep people alive who will eventually die even more slowly and more painfully. If someone wants to die a dignified death and remove that burden from their family, what's the problem with that?"
    • +4 +6 -2 Nwarguy Apr. 23, 2012
      "Whaaaa? WHERE does it state that in the constitution? And not everyone has the same religious belief as you. Why should a Buddhist adhere to your religion? Ok, so you're saying that a person should suffer in complete and utter agony so that they can "think about your friends, mom or dad?" Either you have never seen someone go through immense pain wanting to die and wish that the assisted suicide was available, or you are just plain ignorant."
    • 0 +1 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "What about a decade of NOT wanting to live, yet being forced
      against our will. All people in my life are considered. I have
      the responsibility to relieve this painful burden myself and it
      is the most LOVING thing I can do for ALL concerned. God
      and I have been partners all my life and will be in my passing."
    • 0 +1 -1 Tatum May. 17, 2012
      "Have you ever thought that maybe god wanted them in his kingdom and that is the way he chose them to live and die?"
  • -13 +12 -25 Lexi Mars Dec. 22, 2014
    "I am against Euthanasia because it is not only morally wrong, but it is against my religion as well. Every life is worth living, and humans are not God for a reason. We do not have the ability to choose who dies, when, and why for a specific reason: Because we would abuse that power and disappoint the Lord so much."
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    • +2 +2 0 Trey Shaw Jan. 6, 2015
      "Euthanasia should be legal if you are wanting it to happen to yourself. If you are old and have some kind of chronic and terrible disease, you want to just have to suffer from it or watch someone suffer for it? It shouldn't be taken as "Assisted Suicide" at all. Only because if you agree to it and don't want to suffer from something terrible, someone isn't just injecting something into your body. You should have to want it and that is the only way you should get it."
  • -13 +13 -26 Robert A Oct. 8, 2014
    "Here is the only way I would be against euthanasia: ALL the medication, hospital costs would be FREE to the end of the persons life. I guarantee that Big Pharma, the AMA, the Hospitals would be IN FAVOR of euthanasia. Folks, IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY & ONLY THE MONEY."
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    • +4 +4 0 Jennifer Nov. 2, 2014
      "Actually the AMA is against euthanasia. They have a quote on THIS website as a matter of fact."
  • -13 +22 -35 Olivia Maloney Jul. 9, 2014
    "It's up to God and only God on how we come and go. If assisted suicide is legal, soon it'll lead to other things. Just look at this country now. Abortion is legal, death penalty, and euthanasia in some states. If someone is in deep pain, a doctor killing them is no different than putting a dog down. Not that I think that's okay either, but it's putting no limits on anything. We need limits to survive in this world. I may sound over-dramatic, but this is serious. If someone is in a coma, that's a different story. I think that sometimes a person's body may be living, but they'll not really in it. However, that's up to the family and the family only. A doctor should never agree to this, or they'll all become just like the doctor who helped people kill themselves illegally. I'm sorry but if you need assistance with suicide, you shouldn't be killing yourself. If you're in a deep pain, there are ways to rid of that pain. There's always a better alternative, especially when it comes to ending a life. If this becomes okay, what about mentally sick people who kill themselves, is that okay? Soon suicide and murder will be looked at as a norm. That CANNOT happen, for this reason I rest my case and let the real judge make the decision."
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    • +5 +9 -4 Robin Hamm Aug. 17, 2014
      "You write as if everyone but myself has a RIGHT to chose my fate. Who gives you and YOUR faith choices to remove my right to compassion and freedom from unending non-repairable pain? It is blantently apparent to me you have NO experience living with pain 1440 mins a day...24/7/365/...who knows the years...knowing I will never get well or better than I am...I have the fortune of looking forward to a slow excrutiating existance until I have the blessing of freedom via death and my chance to be free of this broken body of mine.

      So do you require a pet to remain in agony, struggling to get up and feed himself or take himself to pee always limping in you force that animal to live in inhumane torture...or are you compassionate enough to relieve the poor bugger from his suffering? Since most people I have met are compassionate humans they would sadly, with love, relieve their beloved pet once it suffers too why do I deserve less? Why am I forced to endure more and longer pain than the neighborhood DOG....where is my compassion, your God and my right to humane care? I beg you to reconsider how the hurting sick ppl feel and their/our right to freedom of choice, rather than EVERYONE ELSE!"
    • +2 +5 -3 Robert A. Oct. 8, 2014
      "You need to rethink and reread. It's DOCTOR ASSISTED, that means the person made the decision and the doctor is helping so as it to be quick and painless. You use a person in a COMA, how about Lunatics who are not their real selves, Alzheimer's.?? Wake up and smell the coffee."
  • -13 +11 -24 josh Feb. 18, 2014
    "i dont thank it is something that people should be able to do it. everyone well die when its there time."
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  • -13 +16 -29 cinlu Nov. 22, 2013
    "When ever humans get involved in anything they take it to the extreem. How soon before they determine that all 90 yrs old need to die, then 80, then 70. Lets face it the world is over populated now. just a short time ago abortion was illegal unless raped now it is for anyone who wants it in most states so the value of human life has gone down. Those of you who think this should be approved think about it someday you will be old too! Death should be a natural thing so approve automatic DNR (do not recitate) and those options but assisted suicide-NO! Besides if you really want to end it you already know how."
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    • 0 0 0 Megan P Nov. 29, 2015
      "What is wrong with you? No one is going around killing the elderly. We're discussing the right to end your own life if that life becomes torturous and unlivable. Nowhere has it been mentioned that we should start opting to kill the elderly instead of care for them.

      And the last sentence is such hypocrisy. Seems you condone everyday run-of-the-mill suicide, yet not the right to a painless, dignified death, while surrounded by loved ones one last time to say your goodbyes."
  • -13 +18 -31 Channing Jul. 30, 2013
    "consider a few scenarios.
    should the doctor have the right to determine life and death of a patient? a doctor only knows the medical state of the patient, but he doesnt know enough of the patient to know does the patient want to give up living.
    does the family have the right? as much as you hurt to see the patient living on machines and living in pain, you wanting him/her to go in peace is only a selfsh thought as YOU dont want to see him/her in pain.
    what about the patient himself? if he could not take the pain and decide to end his own life, isnt that suicide? then why is suicide illegal and punishable by jail time and euthanasia legal? the mental suffering of suicidal people could be equal to the physical pain of said patient so why does one have the chance to end his life but the other doesnt?"
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  • -13 +27 -40 Mitchell T. Headen Feb. 22, 2012
    "There is a fine line to determine how much pain a patient is actually in. When a person tells you to determine pain on a scale from 1-10 each persons tolerance for pain is different. Therefore, how does one determine whether a critical ill patient should be allowed to die. Should God not be the only determinant for when it is someones time to die. I believe that God puts us through so many tests in our lives and doesn't put on you more than you can handle. When it is your time to go, it should be God to determine that you time on earth has expired. This is 2012 and enough medicine has been invented to keep a patient "comfortable" with their pain, so enough medicine to keep a patient comfortable until God takes them home, should be the determining factor."
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    • +1 +1 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "No medicines for chronic emotional pain that don't cause worse side effects for me. The only solution is to be zoned
      out and that's a walking, unproductive, horrible living death.
      I had your same beliefs before I became ill. Judge not..."
  • -14 +10 -24 Sally Feb. 24, 2014
    "It is killing someone so....... are we ok with killing people for no reason?"
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    • +5 +5 0 Pattie Feb. 25, 2014
      "Dear Sally, There are many reasons. Yes it is ok when the patient (the one who is WANTING to die) says it is ok. The person is pleading for help, and no one will let them die. When you are in a vegetative state and want to leave this earth you should be able to pull the plug. What if your loved one had a terminal disease, and they were in pain day in and day out. There was no hope for them getting better, and they wished they could die, and not just the "I'm hurt I wish i was dead." The "I am in pain this life isn't worth living" What would you do? Let them suffer in pain while they sit there? Or let them go on?"
    • +2 +2 0 Johanna Sep. 17, 2014
      "but what if they want them to kill them/end their life.? they can chose to or not. they are suffering. (well people that have a terminal illness. they suffer, like if they know they are going to be paralized they wont be able to tell if they are in pain or not."
  • -14 +16 -30 Kate Feb. 11, 2014
    "All kinds of suicide is wrong."
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  • -14 +25 -39 Christie Mar. 8, 2012
    "I am fully against this. I mean yes the people have the right to live or die but that just is not right. The doctor is obligated to make it easier on the patient by making it more comforting for them or giving them something to ease the pain they are in. I had an uncle who died 4 years ago from als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and wanted my mother to suffocate him. She thought he deserved to live to the fullest till the day he passed which was a year after that and yes it is very hard to decide whether or whether not to do it and yes it is their choice but it isnt right. You shouldnt die unless you just... die. But I think that this isn't right and yes im dumb and must not know much about this... But the patient should live until they die on their own. So im against and you should be too."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Don't know how old youare, but lucky you to have had a
      pain free life."
  • -15 +11 -26 savannah Apr. 23, 2013
    "they could abuse the power aka depressed people"
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    • +5 +5 0 May Jan. 10, 2015
      "All Euthanasia laws would only apply to the terminally ill. If you are depressed you are not terminally ill."
    • +1 +1 0 Victor Grewyolf Apr. 26, 2015
      "I sincerely doubt that, especially since not all depressed people are suicidal as you so graciously put it. I also doubt it would be abused, since there is a procedure that goes along with this act. People who obviously don't know anything about what the legalizaiton would infer often have a very backwards logic. Maybe if you studied more about what the legalization of it would entail, the statement you made would sound alot better. Maybe you should look into it with more detail, and willingness to listen to logic, rather than radical deception perhaps? Legalization of it would mean that if a person was terminally ill, they could end their suffering. As far as depressed people go, there are options for them, but if they want to end it, shouldn't they have the right to do so? Look into the actual facts a little bit more, rather than just blindly assuming things. It wouldn't be abused, because of all the requirements in order to be a doctor, especially if there is a place that legalizes it. if it were legalized, it would mean for those who need it can leave this earth with dignity, and peace, instead of agonizing suffering, because of backwards and sadistic mentalities, due to ridiculous stupidity on the antis part. Have a great day"
  • -15 +33 -48 Sonya Mar. 15, 2012
    "I am con primarily because I believe that our live is sacred until our life is taken from us. It is centred around the belief that God made us in His image, He has appointed our last day, He has commanded us not to kill, and there are consequences for disregarding value of life. I am directly opposed to active euthanasia, but believe there may be times for passive to let die naturally with the assistance of medication for the purpose of pain relief, and not the intention to kill.
    I would be afraid of our country allowing these laws to dictate my death and be treated as an animal who was put down. Just because I may not have quality of life or display 'personhood', does not mean my life is no longer of value to society or even to me. I am also concerned that there would be a Kevorkian attitude that would be free to hand medication to people under the guise of euthanasia that would promote death in our society for those not even ill. Because of my belief in God, I defer my finite knowledge of the value of life to the One who created it, while keeping my autonomy. Just like you defer your knowledge of your health to the doctor, or your car to your mechanic, and don't believe you know better."
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    • +1 +1 0 stop May. 22, 2013
      "After a certain point our lives just get to hard to live. If you suffer every day and want to die and you don't have the physical ability to take your own life because of a disability then wouldn't you go to a doctor and ask for help? sheesh people let other people do whatever they want get your nose out of others' business. Don't make them suffer every day just because you believe they shouldn't be able to end their suffering."
    • +1 +1 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Have you never had a mechanic mess up your car or a doctor
      make you worse? I have. They are fallible humans. Everyone is ill or soon will be. Nobody is going to allow you to be put down against your will, but I am being forced to live against
    • -1 +1 -2 Gulmira Apr. 20, 2012
      "I agree with you .In reality , person should live till the end of his life that god gave them. If an severe ill person is alive it is luck of him and his family members". Anyway Human must hope to recover ."
  • -15 +31 -46 aw Feb. 13, 2012
    "i personally think that its gods choice to take a persons life and not a doctors."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "God's spirit is in us with the free will he gave to determine our lives with help from professionals. Kindness & Love are all that matter, and when that is gone from your world your already dead."
  • -16 +4 -20 Lizzy Sep. 8, 2014
    "Thats just awful.
    I am totally against it!
    Why would someone take their life, only because they are suffering just a bit? Everyone is suffering in his own way, the life isn't a pony farm (German saying)"
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    • +5 +6 -1 Austin Sep. 29, 2014
      "when you get all of your limbs blown off and are in a vegetable state for the rest of your life you can say the exact same thing"
    • +4 +5 -1 Robert A Oct. 8, 2014
      "Lizzy I'm restraining myself. When someone is TERMINAL and SUFFERING and chooses to commit suicide/kill themselves......IT'S THEIR CHOICE."
  • -16 +22 -38 kaitlyn Apr. 22, 2014
    "euthinasia is still wrong because its still consitered murder.!!!!!!!!"
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  • -17 +27 -44 Conservative Mar. 2, 2012
    "Murder is murder, even if it is medical"
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    • +4 +5 -1 Realist Oct. 26, 2012
      "Stop with God. That has nothing to do with this!"
    • +2 +3 -1 Sabrina Apr. 30, 2012
      "not if its the persons wishes"
    • 0 +2 -2 Carl Apr. 14, 2012
      "Murder is intentionally removing a person's ability to live. This proposed Euthinasia is simply removal of the medical procedures that are keeping them living a life without quality. Saying that murder is Euthinasia is like saying that declining to participate in trade is theft."
    • -1 +1 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Suicide & PAS are not murder. Look it up. God gave us self
      will & sent Christ because we are ALL weak and WILL sin.
      I'm forgiven."
    • -5 +1 -6 stop killing Mar. 23, 2012
  • -17 +30 -47 gigi Feb. 28, 2012
    "would it be a smart thing to come home and say:
    "hey today i killed 6 patients at the office.. it was a great day!" no, it wouldnt. we shouldnthave the right to take a life away just because they want to. the person can do it himself as long as someone else doent do it to them. it would be the same as homocide/murder and nobody wats to comitt that."
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    • 0 0 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "PAS is the patient voluntarily ending their suffering in a kind,
      loving manner instead of being forced to botch a violent, lonely attempt because nobody is compassionate enough
      to care. By NOT addressing this, doctors are forced to do
      more harm for fear. How about those hospice workers who
      come home and were able to provide "good, peaceful death"
      to those who suffer. That is a great day for one who cares.
      You come across as mean and indifferent to humans."
    • 0 0 0 Sabrina Apr. 30, 2012
      "you say this because you obv havent been through a loved ones painful life and death"
    • 0 +1 -1 Shaylei K. Mar. 20, 2012
      "It's not the same thing. as far as "the person can do it himself" goes, sometimes the person is too sick and in too much pain to do anything. They are trapped in their own bodies. Although medican is advancing, sometimes the medication does not help. It's not like these people are opting for suidcide when they have other options. These poeple are terminally ill and have no other options. They are sufforing and their dying moments are filled with a lot of pain, when it should be a time for goodbyes."
  • -19 +27 -46 here to help Apr. 10, 2012
    "doctors are here to SAVE lives NOT TAKE lives! it's just wrong yeah here's your death drug sorry live wasn't good to you and that I'm not a good doctor that wants to help you! it's not suicide its MURDER! aren't you supposed to get help if you know someone wants to commit suicide? i mean really people? really? suicide is horrible and people who want to commit suicide or help someone commit suicide need HELP!!!!!!!! life should be treasured not ended because your down or depressed! GET HELP! GET THROUGH IT! suicide is really just a way for cowards to not have to face their problems! you will regret throwing your life away if you can do things like regret stuff when you're dead! think it through people! your life is not trash that should be thrown away! we all have some reason to live so find your reason and enjoy life! :)"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Nolan Apr. 15, 2012
      "This is Terrible to say, the people who make this decision cannot not just "get through it" or "get help". there is nothing they can do. every second of there lives is suffering and pain. and death is around the corner for them. terrminially ill people have bassically no promise, and nothing to look forward to but more days of suffering. they are not cowards. and you should be ashamed. Doctors are there to help, you are correct, but there is nothing that they can do for these people. they are rotting away, and this gives them a chance to savor there last moments with loved ones, before peacefully ending their misery"
    • +2 +2 0 Imagine May. 11, 2012
      "What if you are born with adis? What happens when you know you can't bear children without worrying about spreading it? What if you contract canc, and because your immune system is too weak it cannot fight it off? What happens when you feel he pain slowly eating and eating at you everyday?
      That is enough to make me want to jump out the window"
    • +1 +1 0 Joe Jan. 10, 2015
      "Personally, I think we should legalise active and passive voluntary euthanasia and all learn how to spell properly. :)"
    • +1 +1 0 no kill zone Jul. 18, 2012
      "I do agree that doctors are here to heal and save lives that is their job. Taking lives is not part of a doctors job description and not a requirement. Do all you pro euthers believe that all doctors should have a licence to kill or should there be only one assigned killer. How bout none.It is acceptable now for medical monsters to euthanize as they walk free to continue. We really need to make stronger laws to prevent euthanasia instead. Sending these euthanzers to prison can set examples for other bad doctors to think before they kill."
    • +1 +2 -1 melissa Apr. 16, 2012
      "really? to be honest you canet through alot of things! like terminal cancer! its painful and slowly but horribly kills you! being in the medical field iv seen all to much to be against it! there are certain things a doctor cant cure or save! doctors are only imperfect a
      nd can do so much! they dont have the power to cure everything! they try but its ot that easy! and they dont take you life just cause theres always a very valid reason if assisted suicide is to be put in place!"
    • 0 0 0 respectfully Feb. 11, 2014
      "I think that suicidal people should be given support so that they will want to continue with life. Although you might disapprove euthanasia, your comment is quite blunt and a bit harsh. Being scolded like a child is only going to make most people more determined or set in their beliefs. However, I do agree with you that in most cases there is a cure, but if there is not, no one should take another's life anyway, especially doctors who take the Hippocratic Oath."
    • 0 0 0 stop May. 22, 2013
      "you aren't a good doctor if you dont look out for your patients and care for their well being. if it is in their best interest to take their life and they want to and make that decision after lots of thought while mentally stable then let them do whatever you want."
    • 0 +1 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "I have no reason and find no joy. There's no getting THROUGH chronic pain. It's relentless and wears you
      out. I've exhausted ALL resources after a decade and
      you are the coward for being unwilling to HELP!"
  • -19 +20 -39 BriAngel Feb. 14, 2012
    "Euthanasia is not right. It is the same as going and killing someone! So all you pros out there are basically saying that you would march into someones house and kill them! Cause thats the same thing as Euthanasia!"
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    • +3 +5 -2 Grace Feb. 23, 2012
      "That is not true at all... euthanasia is when someone who is suffering with a terminal illness asks to die. That is totally different then going around and killing people."
    • 0 +2 -2 me Apr. 25, 2012
      "obviously you do not know the meaning of euthanasia, research exactly what it is before you go around making dumb statements."
    • 0 +3 -3 John Mar. 2, 2012
      "Your statement does not do justice for the word stupid. No one is going house to house to kill anyone. Euthanasia should be voluntary. Your only justification for your stance is your medieval religious beliefs."
    • -3 +2 -5 no kill Mar. 23, 2012
      "I agree all these pro kill people are also kill happy"
  • -27 +21 -48 me Jun. 2, 2012
    "murder is murder..."
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    • +1 +1 0 Kat Apr. 8, 2015
      "is it murder to euthanize your beloved pets?"
    • 0 +2 -2 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Murder is taking another's life against their will.
      Compassion & mercy are compassion & mercy which
      is what physician aided dying is."
    • -3 +2 -5 no kill zone Jul. 18, 2012
      "to pam mercy killings are murders ."
  • -31 +18 -49 Cheryl Feb. 14, 2012
    "Euthanasia is basically murder, so by agreeing to legalize this your basically saying that its okay for people to murder. And murder is not okay... SO yeah."
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    • +6 +6 0 ... Apr. 25, 2012
      "....ugh people, please learn common sense before you write things on here! its not murder, if anything its just plain old suicide. Seriously research before you shout out your dumb comments"
    • +4 +5 -1 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "PAS is pain relief not murder...get a dictionary."
    • -5 +2 -7 against this Jul. 19, 2012
      "Sorry to say pro euthos but too often euthanasia= Murder.The dictionary and goggle will not tell ya everything. Sometimes U have to learn the hard way (Real life situations). Not all answers are on the computer."
  • -50 +16 -66 billiam Apr. 3, 2012
    "i am con because r life are sumthin special and no matter watt taking that away is still concederd murder"
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    • +9 +11 -2 JOHN Apr. 4, 2012
    • +5 +5 0 Pam Jul. 9, 2012
      "Come live my special life OK. My choosing for my life is not
      murder but being responsible"
    • +4 +4 0 Christie Jun. 10, 2015
      "Life is definitely something special, but if you take your own life away is that really murder? Like John said, everyone's life is their own life. I gotta say I'm towards con also, but I don't agree with this statement."
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