• ~Deep thought question of the day~ Where do you stand on the "right to die" laws that are going through many state capitols?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    ~Deep thought question of the day~ Where do you stand on the "right to die" laws that are going through many state capitols?

    In TN, on of our former Governors has terminal melanoma. He is still doing well enough to campaign for the right to die law in TN. His position is that when the time comes, he should be able to be the one who decides when it's time to go. To not put unnecessary burden and expenses on the family and entire healthcare system. These laws were brought to light recently when one young lady openly said that she decided to end her life on a date in the future, which was postponed then later it happened. But still, it was at her choosing. Should we be able to choose the date and time when we die, or should it be left to what will be, will be?

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    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Greg, I'm totally in favor of Right to Die laws and wish they'd be put into effect throughout our country. Granted, someone could misuse this law (as with any law), but I think that being able to alleviate needless suffering at the end of one's life is merciful. Many people would be much less fearful of the possibility of dying in great pain and misery (and their loved ones would feel, and be, much less helpless and with much less emotional pain).

      over 4 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      Exceptionally controversial and one I have had to discuss in college debates. Aside from the laws and religions I believe it's a very personal choice. I have seen people being maintained alive just enough to know they were not dead. But wonder how many stipulations could be agreed upon to determine another's quality of life? What I say is my line may not be the same line for another. So guess then in a sense it comes down to the line going to be different for each person. Will be interesting to see how it plays out. For me I have in my advance directive certain measures I do not want and some I do. For now that is enough for me but won't judge like the girl whom is referred to in your post. I watched her video why she felt like she did. So choosing a date I may think I have decided that but maybe it was always my fate to be the one that decides. I know personally if I felt I had exhausted all avenues then I would want to die before I had reached a point I didn't want to be at. But for me I would just refuse certain measures to assist my prolonging but actively taking my life I can't say personally I could do. But I'm not deciding for another.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I support the right to die. And yes its a personal choice but when illness is involved everyone should have a humane choice to end suffering.
      That said I would not support end of life support simply to end a life.
      And I am completely opposed to abortion as well.

      But suffering is another matter.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      YES we treat our dogs better.

      over 4 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      Well, I come from MI, Dr. Kevorkian state. He was ahead of his time and not quite doing it the right way, but he had compassion to know that this was needed. I can see both sides, kids wanting parents to go so that they can inherit, others prolonging someone's life because they can't let go. My sister and mother both did hospice, my mother voluntarily, my sister was in a diabetic coma, so we had to make the decision for her. Neither is great, but it's better if a person can make their own decision, if able to do so.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I am scared to death of these laws. My son wants to move to Washington a state which has these laws. I am totally frightened. I really want to move to Texas where they have passed a law which goes in the opposite direction. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/06/12/texas-gov-greg-abbott-signs-pro_life-bill-to-stop-starving-patients-to-death/. I am pro-life: no abortion, no death penalty, no euthanasia.

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I support the right of the individual to choose. My concern: will people be pressured into making the choice because they are an inconvenience to their family? Safe guards definitely need to be in place to protect against such abuses -- lots of psychological testing & involvement of social services.

      over 4 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      I doubt I'd ever take advantage of it but the right to die with dignity and by your own choice makes so much sense to me. I'm for it.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I'm Pro Life of the unborn baby but I OWN my life and I am Pro Choice there.
      I wouldn't make my dog suffer and I don't want ME to suffer.....we're going to die of something anyway.....so it's no big deal.....AND I hate the Religious Angle as it makes no sense to me. Actually Nothing about Religion makes any sense to me...

      over 4 years ago
    • Beeps' Avatar
      Beeps

      The legislators need to witness somebody wracked with pain that med.s are not helping- And they are terminally ill- there needs to be a point of mercy

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Our family had the unpleasant opportunity to watch both parents die slowly. We were using hospice which made it much better, and in my opinion, is a very close second to the right to die. Hospice nurses gave me a vial of drugs and gave me instructions on how to give them, slowly increasing the dosage as they expressed pain at any time. I believe their deaths were peaceful and not in pain. But for someone who was not in hospice, and in a great deal of pain, if I were in that position and all hope was lost with no chance of bringing me back. I don't want to be hanging around hooked up to a bunch of machines draining the family and society. I've got other things to do when I'm done here, turn me loose! But that's just me.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I don't want my family to witness my last weeks, The only people I want around are lawyers (to make sure the attendants don't slip me a "pain killer" or a mercy pill. And a person of God. I believe that any pain on this side is less that that on the other side. I am not ready for the endless dip in the lake of fire.

      over 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have mixed emotions about this. However, i have always said that if i learned i had Alzheimers, i would spare my family (and myself) the horrors of that disease. No law can prevent me from doing so. Because, whether or not it is legal, taking your life before God decides to bring you home, it is always possible to end one's life.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ioskeha's Avatar
      Ioskeha

      I don't suoport it. Not I think that people don't have a right to die. They do. No one needs premission from anyone to live or die. It's a basic human right.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      For me, this falls in line with several others... I believe every person has the right to decide for themselves either way and the government should stay out of it.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      My father committed suicide at age 84, when he was of sound mind but his body was failing him. He used the Hemlock Society to research his options. He planned very carefully, knowing his friend would find his body at a certain time. He wrote detailed instructions of what he wanted done. I was 1400 miles away at the time and had last spoken with him three days earlier. He didn't let anything on.

      As I see it, he died with his boots on, at a time and place of his own choosing. That choice is a blessing. Many do not have that choice, for various reasons. His lawyer's assistant told me that the rate of suicide among the elderly is very high. Given our broken health care system and its financial toll, this saddens but does not surprise me.

      I support right-to-die laws because many people cannot exercise the kind of choice that my father could. Better if our health care/financial system could be fixed as well.

      over 4 years ago
    • Evonn's Avatar
      Evonn

      What a tough question. I do support it. However, sometimes I worry that someone may just be in the depths of depression and that is not the time to make the decision. I think counseling should be provided free of charge before the decision is made.

      over 4 years ago
    • Traceypap's Avatar
      Traceypap

      Absolutely support those laws. Nothing like this exists or is even on an agenda here in Australia. I've watched my father die an horrendous death to cancer many years ago and he couldn't understand why we treat animals with more compassion than people. Death is inevitable for everyone and its people's fear of death and fear of imagining anyone would willingly want to leave this place, that polarises people into inaction.

      over 4 years ago
    • amontoya's Avatar
      amontoya

      My body. My choice. In all matters.

      over 4 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      I'm at peace with it.

      I have often thought that if the cancer returns I will not put my family through the torment and financial burden of treatment. Set them free and let them keep their money for a nice vacation in the south of France (or wherever).

      over 4 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Barryboomer - I'm with ya. I am deeply spiritual, but this 'religious' (as opposed to spiritual) thing about suffering makes no sense - it flies in the face of rationality. IMO it's another propagandist brainwashing thing started by the early church.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lauren65's Avatar
      Lauren65

      I am in total favor, why should the only option for someone with a terminal illness be a slow and painful death? I think each human being deserves go to go out with dignity and pain free on their own terms.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Hey Fiddler.....read Constantine's Sword by James Carroll.
      They are all about The Suffering Of Jesus SO We are absolved of our sins.
      Well....I have some land in the Everglades for sale if you have any money.
      God Doesn't want us to suffer IF we can use some of his PLANTS found in nature for relief OR for using our FREE WILL to end our suffering. We are all going to get a chance at a new life NEXT in second Grade. B

      over 4 years ago
    • Hussy's Avatar
      Hussy

      Hugely in favor. Long overdue.

      over 4 years ago
    • GraGil's Avatar
      GraGil

      If a person has a terminal condition he/she should be able to ask that treatment be stopped such as medication or external machines. I feel that if people can't make these decisions for themselves when they are able, their families will be faced with agonizing decisions later.

      over 4 years ago
    • KiVier2011's Avatar
      KiVier2011

      I am in total favor of the Right to Die, especially in cases where there is no hope and a lot of suffering. My dad was lucky enough to have an understanding doctor that made the end go quickly and with no apparent suffering, much to our relief. How can we insist on humane euthanasia of animals and NOT make it available to humans??

      over 4 years ago
    • Trooper's Avatar
      Trooper

      Having watched my dad die of cancer and now having cancer myself, I am very much in favor of allowing adults make that call.. I thought it was inhuman when Dad went through it and I do not want my wife and children to see that with me. I was far kinder to my old dogs than my own father.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Unfortunately, I see this as "right to die" as opposed to the "right to live" I see a lot of the arguments here as being for the family not the individual. Of course there is the problem of affordability. It is definitely cheaper to kill someone rather than extend their life a few months.

      over 4 years ago
    • judyinflorida's Avatar
      judyinflorida

      I think that God gave us a brain and free will. When we are dying I don't think it is a sin to make the decision not to prolong the agony and not to spend every last dollar we have to slow down the death. It's a personal decision that no one has the right to make for anyone else. I will make that decision for myself and hope not to be judged or second guessed. What a shame that people who want to make that choice are forced, at that time in their struggle, to move to another state to make their death less painful. It, called "Death with dignity" and that means different things to different people...as it should.

      over 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I know it is a really touchy subject because there are a lot of emotions involved, but I do support the "right to die". Why should we be forced to die a slow, painful death? I mean, we put our animals to sleep so they won't suffer. It is not for everyone, and that is the point. Everyone should get to choose.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      You are right Judy "Death with dignity" means different things to different people. I do not want to be put to death like an animal, or a criminal, For me a most painful death is the most dignified death because it is most Christlike. I am a Christian and that is how I believe.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I have a problem though as I understand my wife won't get my Life Insurance and I couldn't do that to her. SO I can't do it if and when it's appropriate unless she dies first. I could make it look like an accident I guess but Don't Know what I can do about this. I would just use a Pistol. EASY to get a gun here in Florida but if your poor not easy to get Health Care.....They have 700,000 that fall between Obama Care and Medicaid....it's a mess. To tell you the truth WHEN I leave this crazy house of a world I'll be fine with it as it seems like it's not the greatest place to be anymore.

      over 4 years ago
    • ladybugsluck9's Avatar
      ladybugsluck9

      I am for it. Unfortunately had it been in place 23 years ago, I may have taken advantage of it, because the doctors sent me home to 'get my affairs in order' We picked out a casket, bought burial plots. I planned my funeral! My seizures were so bad I actially prayed to die during them they were so painful. Now I'm thankful for unanswered prayers! If I would have used that choice to take my own life back then, I would not have seen my life unfold the way it has 23 years later, seeing grandchildren, helping others through their journey. Starting a brain tumor support group. I have seen God's blessings, & know I was kept here for a reason. But not to say down the road I wouldn't want to take advantage of right to choose my right to die on my terms.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I just read this article. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/abigail-wilkinson/belgian-doctors-are-euthanizing-patients-without-their-consent This is what I fear will happen in the US. Sometimes rights have a way of becoming obligations. I remember the pressure to abort my daughter and I remember the pressure to discontinue life support. I am pressured to sign a DNR every time I go to the hospital.

      over 4 years ago

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