Assisted suicide is not about autonomy. It’s a tragedy that we shouldn’t allow.
Obviously Mr. Payne has not been exposed to many terminal ill people who are only being kept alive by some high-flying doctor, nursing home or hospital so they can fill their coffers. I am not suggesting this scenario is applicable in all cases; BUTT I am saying it happens all too often.
Personally, I think Dr. Kevorkian was a pioneer and a hero in the field of assisted suicides.
I also believe that ALL people should be issued a pill when they are born, and it should be entirely up to them when they want to use it; providing they are mentally competent and lucid enough to make a rational decision.
According to Payne; Those who advocate for legalized suicide see it as a matter of radical autonomy: We should leave it up to each individual to determine the worth of his own life, up to and including an act of suicide. But this is simply an evasive, almost cowardly instance of passing the buck. If you are actively or even passively complicit in an act of euthanasia, you cannot say you do not, in some way, agree with the suicidal person’s assertion that his life is a waste and that he is better off dead.
In some situation I would agree that some people, depending on their personal circumstances are better off dead. What do they have to look forward to day after day ; BUTT more suffering, agony and depression, while some entity is making millions keeping them alive.
Years ago, the Eskimos did the right thing when a person was too sick and not functional any more. They put them out on an iceberg and let them freeze to death. It was a very humane and painless death. They went out in dignity; not strapped in a wheel chair, somewhere all doped up, just waiting to die.
The closer I get to “D” DAY the more ways I am considering to dictate my own demise. I am not going to end up in a hallway strapped up, so some nursing home owner can buy a new Rolls for his wife.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on any subject; the way they wish to exist should be one of them.
Being kept alive by machines: written by Jessica Zitter
Zitter say; As an ICU physician, I’ve used technologies like breathing machines and feeding tubes to save lives that would have been lost just a few decades earlier. But I’ve also seen the substantial costs, both human and financial, of some medical advances. Many patients die protracted deaths while being kept alive by machines—which, research shows, they would not have chosen had there been adequate communication about their options beforehand.
Zitter is absolutely right. Unfortunately there are many people out there that can not adequately communicate for themselves, have families that are uninformed or no families at all, no one to speak in their behalf, consequently they are at the mercy of the medical community that is many times very greedy with their decision-making.
I would strongly advise everyone to have a living will/trust that states their wish when it comes time for life and death decisions. One of the most critical parts of the will/trust is the DNA (do not resuscitate) section where the person indicates whether to be placed on life support as a last resort.
Naturally; there are pros and cons for DNR; so they should be carefully be considered. The way I look at it; if I can live another 1 -2 years in reasonably good health by being resuscitated, that is all well and good. BUTT, to be kept alive to suffer for a couple of months, in my opinion is not worth the pain and suffering.
Many hospital have had people on life supports, depending on what type of insurance the person has, in some extreme case, for years, when there was NO CHANCE of the person ever coming out of their coma. There comes another couple new Rolls.
To wrap it up; I am totally in favor of assisted suicide if all conditions are considered and the person wants to end their life with dignity, not strapped in a wheel chair and forgotten. It is a personal choice everyone should be able to make for themselves and not dictated by unsympathetic laws.