Do people have the right to die?

United States
February 14, 2007 10:44am CST
Pretty simple proposition. What do you think? For centuries people around the world accepted that someone has the right to die when they felt that they were no longer living a good life, or were too old to contribute to their society, or were becoming a burden to others. Why is it that now, in the west at least, that right has been usurped on religious grounds. If a person consents to being killed, has no obligations that would have to be shouldered by relatives or the state, then why not let them die, and/or assist them in doing so? There is an old saying: if god had wanted man to fly, he would have given us wings. Taking that another way; if God had not wanted man to decide when it was fit to die, he would not have given us the means to do it. What do you think?
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