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    Should Euthanasia be legal?

    Euthanasia Pros and Cons

    Arguments for Euthanasia:

    It is another case of freedom of choice
    It provides a way to relieve extreme pain
    Frees up medical funds to help other people
    It provides a way of relief when a person's quality of life is low

    Arguments against Euthanasia:

    Euthanasia devalues human life
    Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment
    Physicians and other medical care people should not be involved in directly causing death

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    Definitely. It's inhumane to not. We treat our pets better for when they are dying and suffering we put them to sleep peacefully. Why should we allow humans, with terminal disease, to suffer the way they do. Not being able to eat and withering away to bone, choking on "terminal secretions" and just pumped full of drugs to dull the pain. Which in the end is what eventually kills them. Why can't it be done without the pain and suffering. There are certainly people that would want to stick it through to the very end, but it should be an option. On top of the human suffering, its an incredible drain on resources to have all the medical attention and medication and what not spent on someone just waiting for them to die.

    The argument you hear against it to me is usually just a lame bullshit argument. the claims about abuse. There are steps to take to prevent this

    The arguments against are pretty weak.
    "Devalues human life". What is more devaluing of human life than allowing somebody to suffer great pain and wither away to nothing, just waiting to die? Being realistic about things is hardly "devaluing human life".
    The other argument regarding euthanasia as a means of health care cost containment is another weak argument that holds no water. Nobody is saying people don't have a choice in the matter regarding whether they are euthanized. This is where regulation come into play. It would be the patients choice,
    The third argument you posted is definitely is the worse. THe doctor should do whats in the best interest of the patient. If they are going to die and they want to go peacefully, what is wrong with the doctor doing it. THey are going to die anyway. They end up dying from overdoses of pain medication in the end anyway.
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    Yes. Obviously there should be a process to ensure the person isn't simply depressed or mentally stressed. The option of a painful death or a quiet death with dignity should be a right.

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    So if euthanasia becomes legal, what do we do about the life insurancy industry?

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    Of course it should be legal. Every person should have the right to decide how they will die.

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    I have been involved in asbestos litigation for the better part of 20 years. Every time I read the death certificate of a 70+ year old man who has mesothelioma that says, "gun shot wound to the head," I think that there cannot possibly be a sadder, less dignified way to end one's life. Their loved ones should not have to find them in such a state. If they had a third option, I'm sure many would chose it.

    However, I do realize this topic creates a slipperly slope and I would certainly only advocate it when the patient is clearly terminal with a disease that causes extreme suffering and several physicians have said as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    So if euthanasia becomes legal, what do we do about the life insurancy industry?
    Interesting, haven't thought of that. BUT the person would die anyway, just sooner than later. Maybe put it into the euthanasia law that life insurance benefits can't be denied because of assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. The only acceptable way that people could be euthanized is if they have been diagnosed (likely 2 or 3 doctors) with a terminal disease and will definitely die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    So if euthanasia becomes legal, what do we do about the life insurancy industry?
    If a policy holder has owned the life insurance policy for over a year it should be honored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    I have been involved in asbestos litigation for the better part of 20 years. Every time I read the death certificate of a 70+ year old man who has mesothelioma that says, "gun shot wound to the head," I think that there cannot possibly be a sadder, less dignified way to end one's life. Their loved ones should not have to find them in such a state. If they had a third option, I'm sure many would chose it.

    However, I do realize this topic creates a slipperly slope and I would certainly only advocate it when the patient is clearly terminal with a disease that causes extreme suffering and several physicians have said as much.
    What are people that do that thinking? There are far better ways to kill yourself that is less painful than hanging, shooting themselves,etc. A lot less messy and traumatic to the people that find them. THe best way has to carbon monoxide poisoning from a car. Simply fall asleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    What are people that do that thinking? There are far better ways to kill yourself that is less painful than hanging, shooting themselves,etc. A lot less messy and traumatic to the people that find them. THe best way has to carbon monoxide poisoning from a car. Simply fall asleep.
    Men usually kill themselves with guns because it is quicker. Women take pills because they don't want to look 'bad' at their viewing.

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