Campaign to legalise Assisted Suicide

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Faerie (May 28, 2012, 12:15:46 PM):
Another thing: the vast amount of harvest-able organs that will no doubt become available as an useful sideline to the suicide-on-demand business will at least be one nail in the coffin of the currently popular idea that suicide is necessarily a selfish act.

Hmmm, brilliant idea, make it mandatory - Suicide = organ donor.
The Vulcan (February 14, 2014, 08:03:25 AM):
Belgium's parliament votes through child euthanasia

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

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Tweefo (February 14, 2014, 08:41:21 AM):
Belgium's parliament votes through child euthanasia

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

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I do not think that I will be a brave enough parent to do this. Myself or my wife, no problem but a small child?
The Vulcan (February 14, 2014, 09:00:56 AM):
This is a real sticky and complicated moral issue and I don't ever wish to be in that position, but if I go from the general position than life is preferable to death, pain preferable to suffering, it does give reason to consider if such action is morally and humanly justifiable.

This is something I just cannot understand from the religious standpoint where they take a absolute black/white position on the question, and this goes on for abortion issues as well, that even if the woman is raped or even if someone screams in agony to their death, that the woman has no right to her own body; and helping such a person to find rest from a life they certainly wouldn't want - is a sin.

I agree, it's not a decision any parent would ever want to make, but in some circumstances, wouldn't that be the only act of love you can take?


Here's a good response from a Belgian mother who campaigned for this legislation: CNN (Youtube) explaining the context in which I do agree and think it's the right position to have.

In this video they show that doctors withhold food and water from the baby to encourage that final slumber, but isn't this just causing more pain? Why let some starve, thirst and suffer horrible agony if there's a more humane way?

This is also the problem I have with keeping someone artificially alive on machines just because family cannot say good-bye, this practice isn't about the suffering of the patient, but for the emotional suffering of the ones that get left behind.

I know there's like some Buddhist death ritual I saw on NatGeo once where the person basically starves himself to death at an old age where he wishes to complete his final part of the journey to enlightenment or some such, and this is something to be admired, but when it comes to help someone end pain, that get frowned upon?

As I said, really sticky and complicated, I don't much like the bit that she wants to choose on her baby's behalf, when I try to think of this, I think of a child that is old enough to voice his/her own wishes, but since the baby cannot express itself yet, I don't think the mother is wishing for that for her own selfish needs, I think a person is incredibly brave and has a huge heart to put her baby's needs above her own.
BoogieMonster (February 14, 2014, 09:39:13 AM):
If this is allowed for adults, I see no reason it shouldn't be for children.

Let the adults opt out of pain but let children suffer?

Sometimes I find it weird that some questions are even questions.

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