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"Aid in Dying" Movement: Thoughts

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/us/easing-terminal-patients-path-to-death-legally.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

DENVER — Helping the terminally ill end their lives, condemned for decades as immoral, is gaining traction. Banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008, it is now legal in five states. Its advocates, who have learned to shun the term “assisted suicide,” believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for what they call the “aid in dying” movement will grow further.

In January, a district court in New Mexico authorized doctors to provide lethal prescriptions and declared a constitutional right for “a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.” Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed a law permitting it, joining Montana, Oregon and Washington. This spring, advocates are strongly promoting “death with dignity” bills in Connecticut and other states.

 

Thoughts on this subject? I'm all for this. While many people here seem to think uninsured people's use of the ER is driving up health care costs, I'd be curious to see just how keeping uninsured people alive against their wishes contributes to this as well....

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slippery slope?

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As someone who recently went through this I have to say I am in favor of this.
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Really dont see why someone has to aid someone to die if they really want to die unless that person is a para or quadraplegic.

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Really dont see why someone has to aid someone to die if they really want to die unless that person is a para or quadraplegic.

My stepfather preferred to live every moment he could still talk and what have you.

Then he suffered for a week as the family stood around him and listened to him moan loudly as cancer slowly killed him.

Once he was in that state we should have had the ability to help him crossover in a more peaceful manner.
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The other issue that comes to mind is life insurance policies. I believe suicide negates that, this would allow an alternative and make sure your family is still taken care of.

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I have no problems with it as long as people don't start killing off grannie because she's too much of a burden. 

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The other issue that comes to mind is life insurance policies. I believe suicide negates that, this would allow an alternative and make sure your family is still taken care of.

 

Nah usually suicide only negates the policy if it is the first year or so after taking out the policy.

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If you are interested in this topic and have access to HBO Documentary Specials, I highly recommend you watch this one.

http://youtu.be/_F-525sCzhE

“In the beginning none of us wanted to do it except Mom,” he said in an interview. “Taking her own life was a very difficult decision for her, but she felt strongly that others should have the same choice. For her, it wasn’t about dying but living with dignity and not being a burden to her family.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/movies/25sundance.html?_r=0

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My stepfather preferred to live every moment he could still talk and what have you.

Then he suffered for a week as the family stood around him and listened to him moan loudly as cancer slowly killed him.

Once he was in that state we should have had the ability to help him crossover in a more peaceful manner.

 

The Morphine Tap-out, that's what I called it.

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Nah usually suicide only negates the policy if it is the first year or so after taking out the policy.


That may be true. I was just thinking off the top of my head.

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I believe everyone should kill themself.

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