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Assisted Suicide for or against

Assisted Suicide For or Against

  • For

    Votes: 7 87.5%
  • Against

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Don't Know

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Goes against my beliefs

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    8

ButtonMonkey

Trekker
Well another person has been tried and found not guilty so are you for or against.

For me I'm all for it and would hope that if I ended up in a position of constant pain with no way forward and a complete degeneration of my standard of life that my wife or a family member would put me in a position to make the final decision

A man who drove his wife to a viaduct where she leapt 100ft to her death has been cleared of aiding and abetting her suicide in June last year.
Father of two David Stephenson, 49, of Mires Beck Close, Shipley, West Yorkshire, had denied knowing his wife was going to jump off the bridge.

The body of Linda Stephenson, 47, was found on the banks of the River Don between Conisbrough and Cadeby Quarry.

The jury returned their not guilty verdict after three hours deliberation.

When the foreman of the jury delivered the verdict following the four-day trial Mr Stephenson closed his eyes, clasped both hands to his chest and whispered "yes".

Before the judge Michael Murphy allowed Mr Stephenson to leave the dock he told him to seek help.

The judge said: "I honour the verdict of the jury but I feel, having heard what I have heard in this case, that you could do with serious help in your life.

"It is all very well being a private person, but you can't be that private that facing the adversities that you face, you face them entirely on your own.

"You need help. Go and get it."
 
Forget the ethical issues... this would reduce the NHS waiting lists. And the pension problem. A sure vote winner.

Jonathan Paton
 
It has often baffled me that assisted suicide/euthanasia, call it what you will, is illegal and yet murdering unborn babies ie. abortion is OK:rolleyes:

cheers, Tim
 
As is putting down your Cat or Dog and as most of this country rate pets higher than humans is that right. After all most pets (Elmodog excluded, he's a complete plank) have briains, can think for themselves and can make their own decisions.

What's the difference??
 
It has often baffled me that assisted suicide/euthanasia, call it what you will, is illegal and yet murdering unborn babies ie. abortion is OK:rolleyes:

cheers, Tim

Not wishing to hijack this thread but abortion is not murder, you can murder a person but not a foetus. Women, and indeed all people should retain the right as to how they use their bodies.

I had to tell a Doctor to turn the life support machine off so that my brother could die, how does that fit in with assisted suicide? Me? I for.

Angela
 
It is an unfortunate fact that doctors in Hospitals are more concerned with QUANTITY of life rather than QUALITY of life. Yes, there is a difference - think about it. If you have to spend your last days, weeks, months etc in absolute agony, why can't you ask to be put to sleep?

If you kept a dog alive that was in agony, the RSPCA would prosecute you on the grounds of cruelty and then put the dog to sleep.

Personaly, I would like to be able to make the decision that I would like to end my life if I had to endure agony in my dying days whilst I was of sane mind. However, as a Freelander owner, would my decision count as a sane one?
 
Not wishing to hijack this thread but abortion is not murder, you can murder a person but not a foetus. Women, and indeed all people should retain the right as to how they use their bodies.

Also not wanting to hijack this thread, but
Women, and indeed all people should retain the right as to how they use their bodies.
also includes disposing of a little person???

Sorry I don't want a fight but I do feel a bit strongly about this issue:)

cheers, Tim
 
Also not wanting to hijack this thread, but
also includes disposing of a little person???

Sorry I don't want a fight but I do feel a bit strongly about this issue:)

cheers, Tim

Having "lost" a child to abortion from my first wife, she didn't feel that she was ready to have one & didn't tell me until after the fact (hmm I wonder why I'm on Tim's side)

I'm not a grat fan of abortion.
 
I vote for providing it's done with approval of an independant authority under a controlled environment otherwise murders will be committed with the person committing the murder saying, "He/she said I could."

AJ
 
Also not wanting to hijack this thread, but
also includes disposing of a little person???

Sorry I don't want a fight but I do feel a bit strongly about this issue:)

cheers, Tim

Tut tut tut Tim. Sorry can't let you get away with using emotional language like 'little person' - not a logical way to reason. A foetus is NOT a person until it is born -period. The foetus is dependent upon and is the property of the woman, her choice.

Objectors to abortion are usually religious nutters, those who have little understanding of biology, or men who dislike the fact that women have ultimate control over the reproductive process.

My great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and myself have fought long and hard for the Vote and freedom to control our bodies, and that includes the right to dispose of a foetus we create.

Angela
 
As Heathers Mum and Step Dad have just died from Cancer, I would have assisted them to take their life by turning off the life support or overdosing on Morphine, etc to die in Dignity and quietly with the Family with you.
But driving them down to throw themselves off a bridge and die in such a violent way? Absolutley not. What if they survived the ordeal? It doesn't bear thinking about. More pain, more work for the Hospital.


Chris
 
I think this is a minefield. I would never want any of my family to be in such pain, that they welcomed death as the only way out. I however do believe that people should have a choice in what they do, within reason, that reason in cases of suicide, would be that the person is sane enough in making their wishes.
 
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