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Should Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia be Legalized?

By June 20, 2008 - 2:22pm
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I know Empowher is all about health and wellness, both inside and out. And rightly so!

But what happens when it's terminal? Unfortunately, not everyone or everything can be made better.

It's against the law to have an assisted suicide but I ask - why? When the pain gets so bad that you can't even speak...when you are terminal with no chance of survival and when your quality of live is nil - why and how is it humane to force a person to live?

We say it's the 'right thing to do' to put an animal down when there is no hope or the pain is too much.

Obviously I am not saying we're animals but isn't it humane to allow us the same choice?

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Dignified people should have dignified exits.

If you own your body, you (and not government) should determine how you die.

If you have the right to life, than you have the right to end your life.

If you have the right to pursue happiness, than you should have the right to pursue your last moments.

Crazy? Some may think so. I think it's the most personal human right you have.


June 20, 2008 - 5:33pm

I ask the same question ... I can't stand the thought of a loved one in pain and if their case is indeed terminal, I think at that point, they should have choices as unsettling as it would be for me on an emotional level.

I know this flies in the face of our fierce survival instincts and a lot of accepted cultural norms when it comes to life, but I think we need to be more humane in our approach to death. Great point. Thanks for bringing it up.

June 20, 2008 - 2:44pm
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