Campaign to legalise Assisted Suicide

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Faerie (May 22, 2012, 09:59:16 AM):
There is a distinct difference between a healthy individual that wishes to commit suicide and someone suffering from an incurable and painful disease wishing to end his life. To spend anything up to a year or more in agony waiting for your body to eventually give out is no way to live, and this is what is being advocated with the term "assisted suicide".

It is a moral and ethical mudpool when it comes to mentally retarded children/individuals who simply dont have quality of life nor any prospect thereof, but I'm very clear on having the right to die when you are of sound mind and medical science cannot prevent your inevitable and possibly excruciating death. We do it for our pets after all, why not for our loved ones?
Rigil Kent (May 28, 2012, 09:41:38 AM):
We are hardly an endangered species. Suicide should not only be legalized, but also, like the use of condoms, actively encouraged. A facility providing a painless and clinical termination of life should go a long way in reducing the trauma associated with the typical, messy, gosh-who-would've-thought suicide. Just before the transaction takes place, it would be possible to attend your own "living funeral" or a "going away party", whichever tickles your final fancy.

I, too, am all for it.

Rigil
Rigil Kent (May 28, 2012, 10:25:17 AM):
I am of the opinion that suicide should be permitted and attainable by any adult of sound mind ...

I don't see why a sound mind should be a requirement for the luxury of being allowed to off yourself when you so wish.

Everyone knows if they want to live or die. It makes no difference how you've arrived at this decision, either through rational contemplation or by a method that is totally cuckoo.

Rigil
Faerie (May 28, 2012, 10:38:31 AM):
We are hardly an endangered species. Suicide should not only be legalized, but also, like the use of condoms, actively encouraged. A facility providing a painless and clinical termination of life should go a long way in reducing the trauma associated with the typical, messy, gosh-who-would've-thought suicide. Just before the transaction takes place, it would be possible to attend your own "living funeral" or a "going away party", whichever tickles your final fancy.

I, too, am all for it.

Rigil

It makes sense in a weird way, although my first reaction was "NO WAY", most suicides I suspect could be prevented by proper counselling and practical assistance (and I'm talking teenage and "no reason" suicides here). By making it legal though, one could get to these people and possibly sort their issues out in a process running up to the actual act.

With suicide I'm always reminded of one of my son's friend's father who hung himself and the boy found him, it had such traumatic results for the lad in the end, and it was such a heartbreaking time for all of them, what a waste.
Rigil Kent (May 28, 2012, 11:42:28 AM):
By making it legal though, one could get to these people and possibly sort their issues out in a process running up to the actual act.
Quite. Legalisation, and specifically proceduralisation, will appeal to both parties: those interested in suicide prevention through mandatory councilling (and I can just imagine the enthusiasm of that civil servant), and guys like myself who somewhat misanthropically embrace any (well, almost any) means of population control.

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.

Rigil

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