Should your doc legally be able to help you end your life?

@raydene (9874)
United States
March 14, 2007 6:53am CST
On the news this AM I heard that Vermont is considering passing a law that would make it possible for your doctor to give you a Rx for a med to end your life.The patient would have to pass strict criteria in order to be given these meds. What are your thoughts? How would you vote if this was on the ballot where you live?
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I would have to vote in favor of the patients request. I don't think any of should have to live our life in misery or pain. I have a living will and I request not to be hooked up to any kind of machine. I do not want to live my life artificially. It puts a burden on you and your family. It also racks up a huge medical bill that will burden the remaining family for a very long time. I think people who choose not to live any longer, should have the choice to end their lives medically without pain. I do believe they should be examined though before giving them that alternative. Some people may be cured of whatever is ailing them, but some cannot and I totally agree that they should have a choice of what they want to do with their life.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
14 Mar 07
All I had to say about this Stephcjh just said, and I agree.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Thanks Girls I appreciate your oppinions.Thanks so much for your answers. R
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 07
Wel;l I really do not know what I think of this I guess it would depend how bad the Illness is and how bad the Person is suffering. I don't know. If it was to be done to me then I would never want to know about it. I could not know that I am about to finish my Life. It is an awful thought. But I do guess that some People will be relieved by it. I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
15 Mar 07
If it goes through the criteria will be very strict Thanks Gabs R
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@maclinda (91)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I think it would be a good idea to have that option. Just having it doesn't in any way force you to use it, you know. And actually, this is not at all a new idea. There have been doctors in the past who wrote a generous supply of sleeping medicine with the caution that "so many of these could kill you" which actually was a subtle hint. Patients who were looking for this would catch the hint; others just would be careful in how they took it. I think that shows a great deal of compassion on the doctor's part. It's not at all the same concept as someone else administering medicine that would help a person to pass on.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
15 Mar 07
We do have one state with the law passed.NY would be the last to do something like this Thanks R
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@mummymo (23707)
15 Mar 07
Raydene - this is one I cannot make my mind up on! I do know that we will not let a sick animal suffer continually for years unneccessarily - that would be considered cruel! I know in some cases when someone's brain is affected that they want to end it all while they still have moments of lucidity and clearness! I also know that if someone is in pain beyond endurance then it is unfair to condemn them to years of life like that with no way out but I cannot imagine being able to stay with my friend or family while they did something like this! perhaps I am just a coward but I truly cannot come to a definitive conclusion on this one!
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I am not sure either which way I would vote but I'm hearing alot of ideas here Thanks R
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
I guess if I was screaming in pain from cancer and I would never get better I too would want to end my life, since it would end soon anyway. I just cannot imagine my family in agony and I feel if they want to pass over under those circumstances it is their choice.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Thanks Winterose I always enjoy your replies R
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I think this is one of the best laws I've heard about in a long time. For those who are terminally ill and all they have is a long road of pain and suffering ahead of them, let alone the medical cost that could drain the family's resources and the emotional pain on the family I can understand why they would want to end their life. When there is no way to save them, where they cannot have any quality of life left and they are precieved to be a burden I think it should be their choice. I think a doctor should be able to give them the aid they require. So long as they make sure that the person isn't just doing it for depression. That they do have stiff criteria for it and make sure that it is adhered to then I think it's a great thing to have happen. I know many people have DNR's or living wills in place. We don't want to live in such a pain filled and useless existence. Why shouldn't we be able to take the next step when we know something like that is before us? This is one I would vote for. I think it is needed.
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I would also vote in favor for this. I watched my Dad suffer terribly with lung cancer. Trying to catch your breath has got to be the hardest way to go. Not to mention the pain associated with the cancer. In fact today marks his 11 years with the Lord. The Ides of March....
@raydene (9874)
• United States
16 Mar 07
Thanks It's not easy to watch our loved one's suffer is it. Thanks R