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Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

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  • +247 +310 -63 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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    • +1 +2 -1 Bill Alcock Apr. 23, 2016
      "Everyone who has documented their choice for a dignified and peaceful death in an advance health care directive whilst of sound mind should be allowed medical assistance to do so"
    • 0 0 0 anonymous May. 22, 2016
      "Find your own happy ending. Think of what you have instead of what you lost."
    • -61 +7 -68 B. B. J. Jan. 18, 2015
      Like I would ever believe that."
  • +74 +100 -26 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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    • +2 +2 0 Sam Mar. 23, 2016
      "Until I see proof that God made us, there is no reason for me to think there is a higher order. This is my life, someone didn't put me here, I was born from my parents, modern humans which evolved to be who they are. Evidence, or lack thereof if you can only quote an uncredible source like the Bible, is what determine my beliefs. When death is eminit, I'd rather die pridefully than in pain and tears."
    • -9 +2 -11 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."
  • +67 +87 -20 anonomous Sep. 25, 2014
    "its easy to say no until you have felt the pain"
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    • +1 +1 0 OXO Mar. 9, 2016
      "Not one sentence does not explain your reason, maybe a better explanation, but I agree. But, the patient should have the right to do what he or she wants to do with her life."
  • +52 +77 -25 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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  • +43 +61 -18 dom-o Oct. 29, 2014
    "You have a right to live your life as you choose."
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    • +2 +2 0 Max Mar. 1, 2016
      "Kaylie are you crazy? Would you rather die in a horrible and painful death, or die peacefully so that all the suffering goes away?"
    • -5 +1 -6 Kaylie Feb. 8, 2016
      "So living means DYING to you?"
  • +31 +44 -13 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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    • +2 +4 -2 That Reply May. 8, 2015
      "-_- Painkiller..... wow. Just wow."
    • 0 0 0 random May. 10, 2016
      "but you don't know if the cure is just tomorrow,you don't know if one day someone euthanizes another and the next morning they make a cure,no matter how hurt a person is no matter how far gone, would you take that risk?"
    • -8 0 -8 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."
  • +27 +40 -13 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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  • +26 +34 -8 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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  • +24 +36 -12 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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  • +18 +34 -16 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."
  • +18 +34 -16 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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  • +17 +25 -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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  • +16 +22 -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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  • +16 +30 -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 +1 -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"
    • 0 +2 -2 J Alexander Jun. 9, 2015
      "Precisely. There are nearly 400 religions in the world, each believing theirs is correct"
  • +14 +15 -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?"
  • +11 +17 -6 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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  • +11 +19 -8 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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  • +11 +20 -9 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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  • +10 +22 -12 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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    • -4 0 -4 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"
  • +10 +19 -9 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."
  • +9 +16 -7 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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  • +9 +17 -8 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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  • +8 +8 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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  • +8 +11 -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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  • +8 +11 -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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  • +8 +13 -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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  • +8 +23 -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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    • 0 0 0 ... May. 20, 2016
      "there is no dignity in killing yourself"
  • +7 +7 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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  • +7 +9 -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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  • +7 +13 -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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  • +7 +11 -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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  • +7 +9 -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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  • +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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  • +6 +7 -1 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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  • +6 +7 -1 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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  • +6 +8 -2 E Apr. 13, 2015
    "We should have rights to choose bye our self!"
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  • +5 +5 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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  • +4 +6 -2 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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  • +4 +6 -2 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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    • +3 +3 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."
  • +4 +10 -6 Donald Jun. 5, 2015
    "Not the government's business if I no longer choose to participate in life!"
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  • +4 +7 -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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +8 -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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +4 +10 -6 ??? 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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  • +4 +7 -3 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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  • +4 +10 -6 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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  • +4 +12 -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 +3 0 Bob The Builder May. 12, 2016
    "My dad was a sufferer of Mictuacionald Bodfig 3 which is a really really rare disease. This affects everything. Just him twitching hurts and he twitches from the pain. He can't eat, sleep, or drink. He literally can't do anything without extreme excrutiating pain. He once told me,"I would do anything to end my life right now." Three days later, he was found dead with a gun in his hand. Though I have no idea how, he got a gun and killed himself. I cried myself to sleep everyday, just thinking about all the pain and suffering he was going through. If only Euthanasia was legalized, none of this would have happened and he could have a peaceful death. Euthanasia should be allowed."
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  • +3 +5 -2 An Opinion Feb. 19, 2016
    "Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Do we not have the right to death as well?

    If I were suffering, counting down the minutes to my death like I were a bomb, I'd appreciate a choice. I might not even consider acting upon it, but just the very thought of having a choice would be comforting.
    We all should have the right to choose, especially in such a desperate situation.

    Choice is the basis of freedom."
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  • +3 +5 -2 HerpDerp Anon Feb. 9, 2016
    "People should not need to suffer through pain needlessly because someone else's religion is against that. Someone should be able to make the choice to end their life because it is their choice, and no one else's. They should be able to legally get help from a professional to make this choice after serious consideration."
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  • +3 +9 -6 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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    • +2 +2 0 Richard Mar. 21, 2016
      "We are not talking about stressed life Madison, For instance, I am 75 years old. I have end stage leukemia, I will die a painful death. Most likly from Pneumonia, or Septis which is a blood infection. I saw my dad go through it and it is not nice. You sound as though you may be young and have never had to bear much pain."
  • +3 +5 -2 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 +4 -1 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 +8 -5 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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    • +4 +4 0 Josh Glass Jan. 26, 2016
      "Finally one educated person. Euthanasia should be an option for those who have a terminal disease."
  • +3 +10 -7 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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  • +3 +7 -4 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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  • +3 +5 -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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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +5 -2 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 +8 -5 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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  • +3 +4 -1 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 +10 -7 levi Oct. 7, 2015
    "it is sad but necessary"
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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +5 -2 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 +4 -1 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 +4 -1 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 +4 -1 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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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +5 -2 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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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  • +3 +9 -6 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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  • +3 +9 -6 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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  • +3 +7 -4 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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  • +3 +5 -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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  • +3 +10 -7 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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  • +3 +10 -7 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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  • +3 +9 -6 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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  • +3 +6 -3 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 +12 -9 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 +10 -7 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 +11 -8 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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  • +3 +11 -8 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 +9 -6 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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  • +3 +12 -9 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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  • +3 +11 -8 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 +10 -7 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."
  • +3 +9 -6 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 +11 -8 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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  • +2 +2 0 Danaka Loran May. 18, 2016
    "Would you rather have your loved one suffer right in front of you? I wouldn't, because I now from experience, for 10 years out of my 13 year life I watched my younger cousin (by a month) suffer and die on April 1 2014. Is it fair that we do this to our animal a companions but not out loved one ?"
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  • +2 +2 0 Mark Fortman Apr. 26, 2016
    "After having read many of the comments, I decided it would be in everyone's best interest were I to add the following paragraph. There is no doubt in my mind, some of you have no idea of the meaning of one or both of these two terms, making discussion of the issue nearly impossible, so here they are. The words "euthanasia" and "assisted suicide" are often used interchangeably. However, they are different and, in the law, they are treated differently. In this report, "euthanasia" is defined as intentionally, knowingly and directly acting to cause the death of another person (e.g., giving a lethal injection). "Assisted suicide" is defined as intentionally, knowingly and directly providing the means of death to another person so that the person can use that means to commit suicide (e.g., providing a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs). I sure hope this helps some of you to better understand what is being discussed here."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Lauren Michelle Apr. 6, 2016
    "I'm pro because a person should, if in severe pain or illness, have the choice to say 'I want to die,' and have that happen. For them, it seems that living would be a much much worse situation presented to them. Why would you want to live if you were already dying? If every day was filled with pain and hurt and the knowing that you will die, but not knowing when? Why should any human being have to suffer through such a terrible life?"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Nicholas Nguyen Mar. 17, 2016
    "Euthanasia is, by definition, when (A) one person takes the life of another with intent, (B) the person killed benefits in some way from being killed, and (C) the assisted suicide is performed in the gentlest way possible, and (D) the killer performs the action out of kindness and mercy, not self-gain.
    Therefore, I support euthanasia, but not involuntary euthanasia, because killing without consent of the victim, even if it may be for their own good, is considered murder and often only for the killer's gain. I do, however, support both active and passive euthanasia, but I believe that active euthanasia should only be performed by official doctors and not family or friend."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Kid with probs Mar. 16, 2016
    "I am pro because if you are in terrible pain you should have option for a lot less painful and torturous death"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Shena Duarte Feb. 25, 2016
    "I believe everyone has their own right on what they want to do with their lives and bodies especially if they are enduring something that affects their life negatively. Murder is illegal, is suicide illegal then? People say that Euthanization is cruel but forcing someone to live a painful is even crueler, If someone chooses to pass on peacefully i say let them. They'll be in a far better than on earth with ignorant people."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Tom Ato Feb. 25, 2016
    "I currently am teetering in between yes and no, but I personally would not use this for myself, but if others wish it for them, then so be it. It is your life and you should be able to live it or end it when you want."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Barbara Feb. 22, 2016
    "Many families cannot afford to keep their family member on things like life support. Euthanasia allows for the patient to pass happily and painlessly apposed to dying painfully and miserably at the hands of whatever illness they are suffering from. It is a matter of personal choice and is not decided by the doctors."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Cara Kennedy Feb. 20, 2016
    "Well I don't really know that much about the subject of euthanasia, however from what I do know about it it's up to the person getting euthanized. I mean others have no idea what pain they could be in, so if they really want to be euthanized it's their decision. Some people could be in so much pain that they don't want to live. But if the person does not want to be euthanized I believe they should not be euthanized against their will, like I said it's really The person who is getting euthanized choice. This is just my opinion on the matter so please don't hate me if you disagree."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Amber Ashmore Feb. 15, 2016
    "I believe that euthanasia is good for our country because it keeps our population in check"
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  • +2 +4 -2 unknown Feb. 5, 2016
    "Sometimes people are in so much pain they want to die"
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  • +2 +5 -3 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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  • +2 +4 -2 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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  • +2 +7 -5 ... Dec. 10, 2015
    "no one should suffer"
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  • +2 +12 -10 Esther Aug. 24, 2014
    "I think the person should have the right to stop pain and suffering"
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  • +1 +1 0 sarah Apr. 28, 2016
    "No one has the right to choose how you end your life. If you are past any hope of recovery and you want to die, you should have the ability to choose that for yourself"
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  • +1 +1 0 Kristie Apr. 21, 2016
    "No one deserves to suffer the way my dad did."
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  • +1 +3 -2 C. G. Anderson Apr. 12, 2016
    "Everyone should have the right to end their OWN life with a peaceful, painless method, when they choose. See Exit International.. This has nothing to do with killing others, simply finding relief for yourself."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Lauren Apr. 9, 2016
    "If you don't believe in euthanasia than you also cannot believe in surgery or chemotherapy etc. You can't claim to be againest using medical technology to alter the length of a life if you are alright with extending a persons life with medicine. You can't have it both ways."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Kristen Miner Apr. 7, 2016
    "people should be able to go painlessly when they choose instead of being murdered by life in countless ways."
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  • +1 +4 -3 lauren Apr. 6, 2016
    "its easy to say no until u have felt the painnnnn"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Layna Mar. 31, 2016
    "I believe that Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide should be legal because if someone is suffering intensely and nothing can be further done to help the situation, then what is the point of living? Although I do think there should be heavy restrictions to how and why the patient would be able to use it.. It is their right to decide how their life should end.."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Mar. 29, 2016
    "If its dignified then it is perfectly ok"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Clayton Eldridge Mar. 23, 2016
    "I believe that it is contradictory for a society that practices capital punishment to prohibit suicide. If someone is terminally ill, or suffering from a permanent condition that will put them in an undignified state of living, who are we to prevent them from ending their suffering??"
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  • +1 +3 -2 richard wagner Mar. 19, 2016
    "What right has the state government to restrict an individuals right to end his or her life when they are suffering from a painful death."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Ashley Mar. 16, 2016
    "People should be able to choose to end their suffering if they cannot be no longer be helped. Doctors have already tried their best helping them"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Ashley Grace Mar. 15, 2016
    "I think if you're suffering and you cannot be cured in any way for a doctor to help you, then you should be able to make that choice to end your suffering and pain."
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  • +1 +3 -2 George Pence Mar. 11, 2016
    "I live in a retirement community of 600 people. We usually lose about one or two people a week. I see people who just lay there. They can't eat by themselves, go to the bathroom, can't get dressed, etc. They just lay there. THAT IS NOT LIVING."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Evan Mar. 9, 2016
    "I think it is good because its someones choice whether or not they want to die"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Andrew Mar. 8, 2016
    "i believe that euthanasia should be legalized and be permitted whoever needs it. such as terminal illness that cannot be reversible. At the end of the day its your life and you will put families into sadness or worse depression but they need to understand the position of the sufferer and that's what i have to say thank you for reading my concern."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Donald Lander Mar. 7, 2016
    "People have the right to end their life it would cause them less pain and suffering. Some people are better off dead rather then being in consent pain."
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  • +1 +5 -4 CSTEFF Mar. 4, 2016
    "Definition of Murder:
    The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.
    Definition of Premeditation:
    think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand.
    Definition of Euthanasia:
    the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries.

    Euthanasia is only murder if done ILLEGALLY and planned by ANOTHER PERSON before hand.

    Suicide Definition:
    the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.
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  • +1 +4 -3 CSTEFF Mar. 4, 2016
    "I believe so because the ability to have control of your own life should be a natural right that no one can take away. Your life is yours and decides how you want to have it. the laws of everything including this are mainly religious. This is one of the things that are frowned upon in the bible. The human themselves should be able to control themselves instead of being told when to die because of no real reason. suicide is a choice and if they want it for a good reason then they should be able to have it. if they are going to die anyway then the family will have no different affect either way. They have an opportunity to plan ahead, give goodbyes, update the will, and make sure everything is right when they leave."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Savannah Mar. 4, 2016
    "I am pro euthanasia because human beings have a right to life, but do they have a right to death. The main argument I have seen against euthanasia is that it affects a doctor's oath and is borderline on murder. So, people care more about the doctor than the actual suffering patient. That is like not wanting to put your pet down because you feel bad about it. A person shouldn't have to suffer with an untreatable illness. It should be an option given to the patient if there is no hope for them and they still have the ability to make the decision on their own."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Lindsey Hallinan Mar. 3, 2016
    "I think Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suiced should be legal. I think this because government officials cannot fathom the amount of pain some patients go through, and to tell them that the patient is not allowed to stop the pain is beyond me. All states should allow this to be legal because it is not a decision they are making, it is a decision the patient is making."
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  • +1 +3 -2 naaz Mar. 3, 2016
    "Having cancer is terrible pain. on a daily basis I suffer and I feel I should have a say in whether I want to continue my life or end it. No one will understand the pain until they feel it."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Elizabeth Hutton Mar. 2, 2016
    "I am a college student age 47. My policy analysis team choose end of life choice as our topic to research. In my very limited understanding to date, I understand some individuals believe they would not choose to ingest a lethal dose of medication to end their life before they reached a state of complete loss of autonomy. However, I do not understand why they think they have the right to make that choice for anyone else. Women have the right to choose what to do with their bodies when they are pregnant, why don't terminally ill, mentally competent adults have the choice to die with dignity? The numbers in Oregon show us that choosing to ingest a lethal does of medication is not something one does lightly. Nearly one third of the prescriptions written are not used, and the number of prescription written compared tot he number of terminally ill cancer patients is really minuscule. Most people don't want to die, given the choice, but if they are going to die a painful slow death, they should be given the choice to do it their way. Nobody should get to choose for them. They are already experiencing a lack of control because of their illness. They should be given the power to choose when and how they die."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Hannah Feb. 29, 2016
    "Assisted suicide is a peaceful way to die. You will no longer be in extreme pain, and it is an act of defiance against your disease. You are saying, "No, I will not let my disease kill me". You can wrap up your life, say goodbye, and live your life to the fullest before your death date. You should have the right to die in your home in your home state."
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  • 0 +1 -1 steve May. 18, 2016
    "Euthanasia should be legal because someone may have a terminal illness and can't afford to pay medical bills, even though they know they won't survive/overcome the sickness."
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  • +46 +67 -21 Prescott Sawyer Feb. 17, 2016
    "In my opinion, if the patient wants to end their life because of euthanasia, then so be it, but it is illegal to end one's another life. I understand that the patient is suffering, but it is the law. In addition to that, the patient should die on it's own, but if it is a doctor or scientist, then maybe it is fine if it is their decision. On the other hand, if it is a family member that is suggesting to cut the patient's life, then it should not count...It is illegal and should always be illegal."
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    • +1 +1 0 Bill A May. 11, 2016
      "I think you have misunderstood you don't "end your life because of Euthanasia" you end it by Euthanasia, it is not a disease. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. That said 90 % of the time euthanasia is a personal choice I just question the rational choices made by a person in pain. So no I do not support unregulated euthanasia."
    • 0 0 0 Bill Alcock Apr. 23, 2016
      "Everyone who has documented their choice in an advance health care directive whilst of sound mind should be allowed medical assistance for a dignified peaceful death"
    • 0 +1 -1 Grace Mar. 22, 2016
      "Prescott, those of us who want the right to die, would like to go out with dignity. we give the doctors permission to help us die. It is quick and painful. the doctors do not murder us, we do."
    • 0 +3 -3 Regina Phalange Feb. 25, 2016
      "I strongly agree with your opinion. I am currently doing a research paper for my 9th grade English class, and I was told to find some opinions from regular people and I disagree with the whole idea of euthanasia. I like your thinking. :)"
  • +46 +70 -24 Zager Corporation Feb. 11, 2016
    "It should be illegal for multiple reasons, and one of those reasons is that it is considered murder if one kills another, even if one has Euthanasia. In addition to that thought, the victim with Euthanasia should not be disturbed and die in peace. Summing up what I just said in those few sentences, it should be illegal that people with Euthanasia should be killed and to live in peace........................"
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    • +3 +5 -2 Zane Mar. 15, 2016
      "Just because you are alive doesn't mean you are at peace, people are suffering and you stand by and watch when you could perfectly help them if THEY chose."
    • +2 +2 0 Bill - A May. 11, 2016
      "I think you have misunderstood you cannot "have Euthanasia" it is not a disease. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. I am only partially in support of the practice and think that it should not be legal but government should play a hands off approach and leave it to the doctors and patients to decide to end all efforts to keep a person alive."
    • 0 0 0 Mark Fortman Apr. 26, 2016
      "I'm not certain I got all of what you wanted to convey, but I certainly understand you are against aiding a suffering human being by helping them to end their tormented state and rest in peace, as they wish. We shoot horses, don't we? Well, then we should offer humans the same option. I think to consider this act of assistance murder is taking the meaning of the word murder and broadening it way too much. Whether or not the act of assisted suicide for those assisting may or may not be illegal, depending on what state it occurs in, even in those states where it is illegal, it should not be classified as murder. I think you are way off base with that definition."
  • +45 +63 -18 Wonka Zager Feb. 12, 2016
    "Euthanasia is something that is very dangerous and should not be messed around with. In addition, Euthanasia should be handled by experts such as doctors or scientists. The patient usually does not make it out alive. In conclusion, it should be illegal since if the patient wants to end the life early, it is illegal to end one an others life...."
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    • +4 +4 0 CSTEFF Mar. 4, 2016
      "The purpose of this IS to kill ones self. the ending of a life is what they want to do. They should be allowed to take control of their own time if they suffer terribly. Pain for 7 years with every breath even if your going to die anyways is not an acceptable way to help people. Hospitals would make more money anyway by doing this because they don't need to spend money on medical instruments and medicine they don't need. there is no good in any way for letting suffer go on."
    • +4 +5 -1 Prescott Sawyer Feb. 17, 2016
      "I agree because euthanasia is very dangerous and if the scientists say it is fine, then it is fine, but they will not because it is illegal. In that case, it almost makes no sense to end the patients life."
    • +2 +2 0 Nathan Mar. 9, 2016
      "It is literally the whole point of euthanasia to kill the patient. And just because it is "illegal" doesn't mean it isn't ethical."
    • +2 +3 -1 Max Mar. 1, 2016
      "Of course euthanasia is dangerous, that is the whole point. It should most definitely be legal! If the patient is obviously suffering and will die no matter what, they should be allowed to say whether or not they live. It should be illegal to let someone suffer without relief (death). There is a fine line between murder and euthanasia. If someone who is suffering from a terminal illness and has to be fed through a feeding tube, they should be allowed to decide whether or not they want to live the rest of their life in misery and pain."
  • +44 +63 -19 Abrer Zager Feb. 11, 2016
    "No because the doctors should have their patients with Euthanasia should just leave them alone and let them die by themselves. In addition, they should be left alone and taken care by the doctors and maybe scientists (who are experts) and no one else should help if they have no idea what to do or how to do it. More evidence that it should not be legal is it is considered murder if one kills another. Evidence that proves this is if the patient is killed with anything, then the person who 'killed' the patient get arrested since it should be illegal, and if the patient dies alone by the Euthanasia, then it is not considered murder if the virus killed her. Because of the virus killing her, it is legal that the patient dies. In conclusion, killing one another should be illegal if one has Euthanasia."
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    • 0 0 0 Bill A May. 11, 2016
      "Again You can't "have Euthanasia" you can request it. Euthanasia is medically assisted death to end your pain or suffering. I don't support it but understand it, because I think if you are in pain you are not rational enough to make such a choice."
    • 0 0 0 Michael May. 3, 2016
      "Yes, but if someone is going to die but they have to suffer then that is not humane and they should be put out of their misery and pain because after all, it is their own life isn't it?"
  • +37 +192 -155 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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    • +12 +15 -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."
    • +8 +13 -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."
    • +6 +8 -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"
    • +4 +5 -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"
    • +2 +2 0 Abi Feb. 16, 2016
      "How is that relevant? Isn't it the patient's decision?"
    • +2 +6 -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"
    • 0 +5 -5 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 0 -1 CSTEFF Mar. 4, 2016
      "The doctor should have no say. the doctors job is to care until the patient asks for the ending. Then the doctor asks small questions like "Have you thought this through", "do you wish to update your will", and "What family members do you want to contact." Its not the doctors choice unless the patient is unable to speak or contact anyone witch is a basic body function. Then the doctor should take the vote to the family."
    • -1 0 -1 Katlyn Dec. 3, 2015
      "you are very educated"
    • -1 +6 -7 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."
    • -2 +1 -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?"
    • -3 0 -3 george blanco Mar. 19, 2015
      "but it is better than knowing that you can die any time"
    • -4 +8 -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."
    • -6 +11 -17 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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    • -14 +2 -16 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."
  • +25 +40 -15 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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    • +2 +2 0 Alayna Feb. 29, 2016
      "To Trisha:
      That is not always true because my grandmother had cancer and they said she had 2 years. She has lived for 7 years and is still going strong."
    • +1 +1 0 Regina Phalange Apr. 6, 2016
      "I agree with you. I've never known someone who got told they would die in a month or so and lived for 6 more years. But i still very strongly agree with your statement."
    • +1 +1 0 CASTEFF Mar. 4, 2016
      "it is also their right to die if they are suffering. if they are told they will die withing this amount of time then ok. but if they suffer badly through out that amount of time and continue to after the time is up they can ask to "End the suffering""
    • +1 +3 -2 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."
  • +19 +25 -6 Regina Phalange Feb. 23, 2016
    "No, even if a person wants to die it doesn't make it the right choice. Some doctor don't feel comfortable doing it, I know of some cases where doctors were sued for refusing, but that is just a stupid way to get what they want."
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    • +13 +13 0 Prescott Sawyer Feb. 25, 2016
      "I most certainly agree with you and your argument. When you murder someone that you don't actually want to kill, but you do it, you feel guilty and uncomfortable. In addition, no one should get that close to some one with euthanasia. Also, if the patient wants to die badly, give them as much time in life as they can. Anything living only has one chance to live and to survive, not to end up dead for just a bacteria that should not have ended up with some, anyone. Once again, I most certainly agree with your point, great thinking!"
    • +1 +1 0 Hillbilly Poopypants Apr. 6, 2016
      "I agree because I believe everybody deserves a second chance in live and euthanasia should be illegal!"
  • +8 +11 -3 Phil Mar. 3, 2016
    "No, assisted suicide should not be allowed or legal. Helping someone kill themselves should not even come through someones mind at all! Doing this is not a right thing to do and should not be done."
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    • 0 0 0 danaka loran May. 24, 2016
      "we do it to our beloved pets thoughs? we do love our pets enough to let them die in peace why not our family members to?"
  • +8 +35 -27 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."
    • 0 0 0 anonymous May. 3, 2016
      "Watching a family member suffer is much worse than watching them die peacefully."
  • +6 +64 -58 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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    • +1 +4 -3 Silver Shiftcat Jan. 19, 2016
      "so what a "god" does your life for you? it's your life not this "god" of yours"
    • +1 +5 -4 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"
    • -1 0 -1 NT May. 23, 2016
      "Are you forgetting "separation of church and state"? And the whole point of the euthanasia debate is to change the law!"
    • -3 0 -3 anonymous Apr. 7, 2016
      "God is a figment of imagination"
  • +6 +82 -76 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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    • -6 +1 -7 Hunter Jan. 23, 2013
      "I agree with you, but that isn't the only reason why euthanasia would be bad."
  • +5 +7 -2 Jake Mar. 3, 2016
    "I do not believe that assisted suicide should be legal. The fact that it is even a question I do not know. If someone had a gun and told you to kill them with it because they were going to die anyway would you do it? Just because it is a medicine that will kill someone slower doesn't mean it should be allowed. This will only encourage suicide to keep happening and among sick people make them believe that they will suffer if they do not do assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is killing another person no matter how you look at it."
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    • 0 0 0 NT May. 23, 2016
      "Assisted suicide is giving someone the means to kill themselves. What you have described is euthanasia."
  • +5 +112 -107 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."
    • +3 +6 -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 +5 -2 CHANDA Mar. 17, 2016
    "NO because we are not a robot we r human being we come and go naturally but some person need medical so just give them not to tell them you have only few month or few week its just wrong morally in society doctor are not god there r just like every human being with degree to kill people i think sick and crazy."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Suzie Feb. 25, 2016
    "It's mean to people who want to live but cannot talk."
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  • +2 +59 -57 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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    • +5 +5 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."
  • +1 +3 -2 Mar. 29, 2016
    "no it is the worst thing ever created"
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  • 0 0 0 michxz321 May. 22, 2016
    "Euthanasia is killing and destroying the value of life. Our life is God's gift to us and we should be thankful. We should acept what life has brought us no matter how hard or painful it gets, and wait for death to come naturally is how you truly die with dignity. Legalizing euthanasia means you are convincing people to die like their lives are no longer worth to be saved. If you truly care and want to help them, you should support them no matter how hard it gets, as well as loving them. People who commit suicide are just running away from their problems and the reality, and it is not a good thing. you can't bring back what you lost, so think of what you have now."
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  • 0 0 0 Mason C. May. 20, 2016
    "I am diagnosed with chronic depression and everyday is endless suffering, I can't wait for the day I die, but yet I am a coward to end it.I may have run out of hope, but other people should never lose hope and shouldn't be tempted to end it."
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  • 0 0 0 ... May. 20, 2016
    "its like when you were a child and found a creature on the sidewalk with a broken limb or some other kind of injury. "put it out of its misery" we would say. but if theres a chance you may survive why risk the life you could possibly have? and if theres no chance of life then live in the moment. make the most of it. no consequences."
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  • 0 +1 -1 camo May. 12, 2016
    "A message to all considering suicide: "Your skin isn't paper, don't cut it. Your face isn't a mask, don't hide it.Your size isn't a book, don't judge it. Your life isn't a film, so don't end it.""
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  • 0 +1 -1 Josh May. 5, 2016
    "Why should little children die every year because of deuethanization this makes no sense when the child can perfectly support it's own body"
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  • 0 +1 -1 fly sceane Apr. 21, 2016
    "go with the cons life is too good for you to throw it all away"
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  • 0 +30 -30 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...."
    • +1 +1 0 Keaton Mar. 5, 2016
      "What about the thousands, if not millions of people that died of a disease before the cure was found? Just because a cure wasn't found while someone was suffering does not mean that doctors should keep a patient in a torturous state while a cure is being formed. It takes years for cures to be made, and for some diseases it only takes days for the disease to kill someone. Maybe if the cure was in it's final weeks or months of refining and release should doctors attempt to prolong a patient's life, but if the cure would not be available and the patient is experiencing horrible pain, it would be unjust and unmerciful to let the sickness eat away at a number of helpless patients."
  • -2 0 -2 Espe Apr. 19, 2016
    "We don't have the rights to end a life and we shouldn't have that right at all. Everyone has their own time to die, wait for your own time to come because you never know, things could change from bad to good in a matter of seconds."
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  • -2 +12 -14 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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  • -2 +25 -27 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"
  • -2 +36 -38 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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  • -2 +29 -31 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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    • +6 +7 -1 Bob Nov. 7, 2014
      "Is every second of life precious when it is fraught with intense suffering and pain?"
  • -2 +24 -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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  • -2 +20 -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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    • 0 0 0 Hannah May. 4, 2016
      "Every state where the Death with Dignity act is legal only the patient can agree to the process. Minors under the age of 18 must have their parents or guardians sign off on them, saying that they agree to allowing the minor have the process preformed. If the patient is not thought to be in a coherent enough state then they won't even allow them to fill out the request form."
    • 0 0 0 Kevin May. 2, 2016
      "What if the patient can't choose at the time and the legal guardian chooses for them far the suicide to happen."
    • 0 +1 -1 Hannah May. 2, 2016
      "The entire point of physician assisted suicide is that the patient chooses it. There are many forms that need to be filled out with witness after fifteen days of a verbal request of the procedure to be done. No one is choosing for the patient except for the patient."
    • -2 +1 -3 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 +1 -3 BOB May. 20, 2014
      "I agree whole heatedly"
  • -2 +36 -38 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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    • +3 +3 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"
    • +3 +4 -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?"
  • -3 0 -3 Nancy Apr. 28, 2016
    "My opinion is that we should not end the life of anyone because we cannot give life; therefore, neither should be removed. I think it's a murder like any other and liken it to abortion. In conclusion, Stella Young said: “The killing of a disabled person is not 'compassionate'. It is not 'euthanasia'. It is murder”, and I agree with her."
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  • -3 0 -3 dakota Apr. 23, 2016
    "I am anti-euthanasia because it is the killing of another human being and in God's eyes that is a crime/sin."
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  • -3 +11 -14 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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  • -3 +18 -21 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."
  • -3 +12 -15 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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  • -3 +12 -15 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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  • -3 +28 -31 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."
  • -3 +39 -42 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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    • +11 +13 -2 smarty Feb. 10, 2015
      "what does that have to do with Euthanasia."
  • -3 +20 -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"
  • -3 +26 -29 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."
  • -4 +12 -16 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 +1 0 Skyler Feb. 10, 2016
      "But what if their region doesn't correspond with that of yours?"
  • -4 +11 -15 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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    • +1 +1 0 Christian Feb. 16, 2016
      "Keeping someone who is terminally ill alive longer than they should be is also like playing god. you're the one who is immoral if you think making someone suffer is ok."
    • +1 +1 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 +6 -11 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"
  • -5 +36 -41 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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    • +2 +5 -3 Ellie Apr. 8, 2015
      "Yes, in the Hippocratic Oath it says " most importantly, do not play God"."
    • +1 +1 0 Christian Feb. 16, 2016
      "If "God" is the giver and taker of life, then why would you want to prevent him from taking the life? If it isnt our job to end life, then its not our job to prevent someones death either. A person shouldnt have to suffer and then die just because of your religion"
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  • -5 +22 -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"
  • -5 +24 -29 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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    • +4 +4 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."
    • -5 0 -5 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."
  • -5 +55 -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."
  • -6 +8 -14 no Jan. 4, 2016
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    • +2 +2 0 why Jan. 7, 2016
  • -6 +9 -15 Jimin Dec. 23, 2015
    "There can always be a cure for a disease or a sickness."
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    • +1 +2 -1 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 +23 -29 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 +22 -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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  • -7 +18 -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?"
  • -7 +23 -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"
  • -7 +16 -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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  • -7 +17 -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."
  • -7 +21 -28 kate Oct. 21, 2013
    "No. this is like playing God."
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    • +3 +3 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."
    • -2 +2 -4 Jaeden Ramirez Oct. 24, 2013
      "That's a great reason Kate. I support!"
  • -7 +20 -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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  • -7 +21 -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?"
  • -7 +19 -26 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."
  • -7 +32 -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)"
  • -7 +24 -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."
  • -7 +39 -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."
  • -7 +44 -51 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."
  • -8 +22 -30 Eren Jeager Feb. 25, 2015
    "i beleive suicide is wrong"
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  • -8 +16 -24 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"
  • -8 +11 -19 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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  • -8 +18 -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."
  • -8 +20 -28 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."
  • -8 +26 -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?"
  • -8 +18 -26 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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  • -9 +20 -29 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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  • -9 +18 -27 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • -9 +15 -24 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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  • -9 +21 -30 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?"
    • +1 +2 -1 mebekili Nov. 2, 2014
      "so other people should be forced to suffer because of YOUR beliefs? how arrogant!"
  • -10 +9 -19 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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    • +7 +7 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 +17 -27 Jaeden Ramirez Oct. 24, 2013
    "I think that it is horrible to let people kill them selves legally."
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    • -1 0 -1 shanyah May. 4, 2015
      "for reals dude I totally agree this stuff is ridiculous smh smh smh"
  • -10 +24 -34 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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    • +7 +10 -3 m Nov. 19, 2012
      "That is unfortunate but that is not euthenasia. That sounds like murder!"
    • +3 +4 -1 Lily Jan. 10, 2015
      "That's passive Involuntary euthanasia which is considered murder in probably all countries. I'm sorry it happened."
    • -3 +1 -4 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."
  • -10 +57 -67 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."
  • -11 +14 -25 Ada Cho Mar. 10, 2015
    "i say no!!!!!!!!!! that is a terrible thing"
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  • -11 +11 -22 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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  • -11 +24 -35 priest4lyfe Feb. 5, 2015
    "dont kill urself! wait for god's calling. you will see the light!!!"
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    • +5 +8 -3 Willber Apr. 21, 2015
      "You have no right to force your religion on others."
    • +5 +9 -4 Rick Mar. 19, 2015
      "Been waitin' 60 years..... so far a "no show"!"
  • -11 +34 -45 Michael Duty Feb. 10, 2014
    "we should not give anyone the, argueable, right to take someone elses life."
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  • -12 +16 -28 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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  • -12 +15 -27 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."
  • -12 +27 -39 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 +10 -5 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!"
    • +1 +5 -4 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."
  • -12 +13 -25 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 +14 -26 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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  • -12 +14 -26 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 +18 -30 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • -12 +21 -33 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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    • 0 0 0 Wolf Feb. 15, 2016
      "The doctor doesn't have the join. He or she isn't allowed to determine the patient's life or death unless they have no family, and are mute.

      It isn't a selfish thought, the family knows what pain that person is going through, and the patient put his/her hands because they trust them!

      I keep seeing these same comments, and I find that quite aggravating... People who are suffering and are to be Euthanized are NOT suicidal. Suicidal people are quote on quote, "deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide." To be unhappy with how life, selfless, and lost. And yes, there is help for those suicidal, trust me. But this has NOTHING to do with suicide, so please stop bringing it up.

      Everyone has equal right and those people get the decision, or the decision is given to relatives."
  • -13 +15 -28 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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    • +5 +5 0 Jennifer Nov. 2, 2014
      "Actually the AMA is against euthanasia. They have a quote on THIS website as a matter of fact."
  • -14 +29 -43 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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    • +3 +6 -3 C. Nov. 9, 2014
      "-all of humanity who had watched a loved one suffer in the name of your imaginary, absurd, self-righteous "god"."
    • +2 +5 -3 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."
    • +1 +2 -1 Power of science!!! Feb. 23, 2016
      "you cant use the bible as your argument as it is fictional. that book is up to interpretation. I could find something in there that would say i can tar and feather someone"
    • 0 0 0 Danaka Loran May. 25, 2016
      "I do belive in God, but is it right that we let animals peacefully but not our loved ones?

      "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind."- 1 Peter 3:8

      I have by no means try to offend any of you, my fellow christens, but tried to bring peace to you and end your quarrals."
    • 0 +2 -2 Megan P Nov. 29, 2015
      "Okay Christian, you've missed the boat entirely, my friend."
  • -14 +13 -27 Sally Feb. 24, 2014
    "It is killing someone so....... are we ok with killing people for no reason?"
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    • +7 +7 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 +3 -1 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 +20 -34 Kate Feb. 11, 2014
    "All kinds of suicide is wrong."
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  • -17 +27 -44 kaitlyn Apr. 22, 2014
    "euthinasia is still wrong because its still consitered murder.!!!!!!!!"
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  • -19 +7 -26 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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    • +7 +8 -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"
    • +6 +7 -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."
    • 0 0 0 danaka loran May. 24, 2016
      "my cousin was bed since the moment he was born it took 13 year of pain until he was finally at peace, and yet you call it little, you do know what terminal is right? it mean [from the webster dictionary]a.leading ultimately to death, OR, b. extremely or hopelessly severe."
  • -20 +14 -34 savannah Apr. 23, 2013
    "they could abuse the power aka depressed people"
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    • +6 +6 0 May Jan. 10, 2015
      "All Euthanasia laws would only apply to the terminally ill. If you are depressed you are not terminally ill."
    • +2 +2 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"
  • -34 +25 -59 me Jun. 2, 2012
    "murder is murder..."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Kat Apr. 8, 2015
      "is it murder to euthanize your beloved pets?"
    • 0 +3 -3 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."
    • -1 +5 -6 no kill zone Jul. 18, 2012
      "to pam mercy killings are murders ."
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