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    Opinions on Euthanasia?

    How do you feel about death with dignity?

    I think that if a person is in the last stages of life and in pain and in a place where there is no hope they should be able to end their life with dignity. If I were ill and beyond the point of saving this would be my choice. If I would live as a just a shell and not be able to think clearly I would not want to be forced to continue my life.

    I am for euthanasia. I think it is a wonderful option at the end.

    Opinions?

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    I agree, it should be a legal option. I forget what the document is called, but the one that a person puts his intention as far as whether or not to try to keep him alive... this document should be first in presedence, then the next of kins decision, then if there is no next of kin and no document, it should default to keeping him alive. I wish I could say that the hospital board of doctors would make the third choice, but unfortunately since insurance companies and bean counters took over everything, they'd probably pull the plug on someone who could be saved to save the cash. :-/

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    I stated in a thread that i believe it should be an option on the state ballots. I would not want the federal government involved, nor would i like to see them in a debate over the issue. This like gay marriage is a states rights issue.

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    It needs to be carefully regulated, but it should be both legal and accessible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    I stated in a thread that i believe it should be an option on the state ballots. I would not want the federal government involved, nor would i like to see them in a debate over the issue. This like gay marriage is a states rights issue.
    I'm not convinced about that. What advantage do we have as citizens, for states to decide this individually? I think something so important as end of life rights should be guaranteed for all citizens across the union.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabebrooks View Post
    I'm not convinced about that. What advantage do we have as citizens, for states to decide this individually? I think something so important as end of life rights should be guaranteed for all citizens across the union.
    When it becomes a state issue a vote is necessary. Thats the way I would like to see it, and think this is the proper option. Think of it like Prop 19, or gay rights. It is when it becomes a federal issue that you lose your voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabebrooks View Post
    I'm not convinced about that. What advantage do we have as citizens, for states to decide this individually? I think something so important as end of life rights should be guaranteed for all citizens across the union.
    Well it would allow for some seriously fucked-up situations, like the son of a terminal parent bringing the parent across state lines, against the wishes of the son's sibling.

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    Its hard to get it right, because its so personal to every person, and to a lesser degree their families. I believe that whatever happens, should be across the states though. What Djin said would be a big reason for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Well it would allow for some seriously fucked-up situations, like the son of a terminal parent bringing the parent across state lines, against the wishes of the son's sibling.
    Your scenario would not be rare at all. Huh....I guess the parent could relocate temporarily.

    The problem is, the federal government has no mandate for this, and they should not have. It is like the death penalty, we do not want the federal government dictating who or who is not eligible, it is an issue for the state. Besides if the federal government would be allowed to dictate the terms of euthanasia, then we could evolve this into areas where we do not want to be. Trying to stay clear of death panels here, not saying they exist, but I want to keep it that way, and with the federal takeover of health care, that had better be a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabebrooks View Post
    I agree, it should be a legal option. I forget what the document is called, but the one that a person puts his intention as far as whether or not to try to keep him alive... this document should be first in presedence, then the next of kins decision, then if there is no next of kin and no document, it should default to keeping him alive. I wish I could say that the hospital board of doctors would make the third choice, but unfortunately since insurance companies and bean counters took over everything, they'd probably pull the plug on someone who could be saved to save the cash. :-/
    It should be an option. It makes sense. Some people may wish to stay around. I don't want that. If it is left to the individual and there is documentation it should be allowed.

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