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Euthanasia - Acceptable or not?

Liddle ol' meLiddle ol' me

Our friend Wikipedia describes it thus: "Euthanasia (literally "good death" in Ancient Greek) refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner. As of 2008, some forms of euthanasia are legal in Belgium, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the U.S. state of Oregon, and Thailand. Stances on euthanasia vary greatly; it is called murderous by some and merciful by others. Such controversy arises in part from the serious moral issues attached to the subject and in part from the fact that "euthanasia" is an umbrella term that describes a number of different methods."

What do you think? Acceptable or not - and why?

My stance is that Euthanasia is an acceptable practice, and under certain circumstances I would take the option if it were available. In fact, I would travel far to exercise my right to do this if it is still illegal in this country if and when that time comes.

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    black gerbil1
    Im all for it my self.
    sassie
    I do not believ in euthaniasia, but i do believe if someone wants to end their life "they" should be able to, but not with the help if someone else
    Liddle ol' me
    black gerbil1
    Im all for it my self.


    Thought you might be :-D
    guv
    guv6 years, 3 months ago #4Show comment tools Reply
    It its cruel to keep animals alive when in pain and no hope of a cure, why be nasty and make humans suffer?
    ilovepink
    I think its acceptable but if it ever becomes legal pratice obviously you would have to go to special hospital etc not just people bumping off relatives and claming eusthanasia

    i have seen far too many relatives die in pain right to the end because no one can help them
    bigbob909
    black gerbil1
    Im all for it my self.


    im with you on this one:thumbsup:
    ilovepink
    guv
    It its cruel to keep animals alive when in pain and no hope of a cure, why be nasty and make humans suffer?


    :thumbsup: excellent point
    Robotochan
    guv
    It its cruel to keep animals alive when in pain and no hope of a cure, why be nasty and make humans suffer?


    Guv peered into my mind, past the filth and found my answer :?

    On a personal note, 2 years ago my granddad was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, now it is a horrible and humiliating way to die and if I were him I would've died my own way. Luckily... I guess he died in his sleep from another illness a couple of months later...
    ettam123
    After watchin both my parents suffer painful deaths and losing all their dignity I think it should be legal
    black gerbil1
    if your on about Euthanasia for animals, my personal view is the owner can do whatever he wants, he owns the animals.

    Human point of view, its should be up to the person himself/herself.
    Liddle ol' me
    sassie
    I do not believ in euthaniasia, but i do believe if someone wants to end their life "they" should be able to, but not with the help if someone else


    I'm not sure what "belief" has to do with it (it does exist). And as for assistance, I'd much rather have a professional medic assist me that botch the job myself and cause (more) unnecessary pain and sufferering.

    guv
    It its cruel to keep animals alive when in pain and no hope of a cure, why be nasty and make humans suffer?


    Agreed. I guess because objections have traditionally been tied to religious teachings which have less to say about animal life (no souls to burn in hell and all that), people have been able to dodge this obvious comparison.
    Annie1508
    guv
    It its cruel to keep animals alive when in pain and no hope of a cure, why be nasty and make humans suffer?


    This is what I say all the time. We are supposed to be the superior species and yet when an animal is in a lot of pain and unoperable, they are put to sleep so why shouldn't we be allowed to do the same?

    I appreciate you are drawing a thin line between this and people could fake a signature to get someone's inheritance but surely there must be some acceptable circumstances. If someone was to get a fatal disease that was unoperable or treatable why couldn't they sign a legal agreement, witnessed by a solicitor or someone before they got really poorly and obvously still had "everything up there" for things to be ended at a time when they had no quality of life left, and before anyone comments on this, everyone knows when the point has come of no return, that they are in a lot of pain and have no quality of life whatsoever.

    I feel really strongly about this and whilst am healthy (touch wood) I would hate to end up a vegetable just for my family to look after me. I would defintely look into going abroad where it is legal and my husband understands this fully, he wouldn't want to see me suffering.
    white_hart
    Definitely for it...I think there should be stringent rules set in place, but it is not fair to see any thing or any one suffer!
    guv
    sassie
    I do not believ in euthaniasia, but i do believe if someone wants to end their life "they" should be able to, but not with the help if someone else


    Hmmm. So suicide is ok (as its their choice?)

    Have you ever witnessed the mess a suicider makes when they hit the windshield of a train travelling at 70mph? Thought of the people this desperate act has on peoples lives long after they have been scrapped off the track? (Not to mention cold dinners on the table because people arrive home late!!!)

    I'm quite sure no one would chose to take this way out if a painless humain way was available. Of course that would involve assistance (unless they are very good chemists that know what they are doing!)
    bigbob909
    im also for animal testing
    mr miagi
    isnt switching someones life support machine off ending someones life or have i missed the point?
    guv
    mr miagi
    isnt switching someones life support machine off ending someones life or have i missed the point?


    Yes, you have missed the point.

    You have been atificially been keeping someone alive. The decision is reached to stop giving assistance. You havent helped someone die, just stopped helping them to live. There is a difference.
    mr miagi
    good point.didnt think of it that way cheers
    Lilly_White
    I dont agree with Euthanasia. Nature should take its course
    Liddle ol' me
    Lilly_White
    I dont agree with Euthanasia. Nature should take its course


    Do you extend that argument to everything? "Nature" and what is considered "natural" is always interesting, and you often find that people employ the terms strategically and inconsistently. In other words, it is used to support one belief but avoided when it doesn't support another. (I'll leave examples for later).

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