A number of countries around the world offer assisted suicide for people
suffering from terminal illnesses. By mid-2019 in the state of Victoria
voluntary assisted dying will be available to terminally ill people. The issue
is controversial, and the process can be messy. For example a woman in
Belgium was allowed to proceed with euthanasia as she suffered from incurable
depression. Do you think euthanasia is unethical LiveTribers? Would you like to
see it made available nationwide?
Posted by on 29 Apr 2019
High believer in humaine choices for the chronically ill - the entire human
rights movement revolves around dignity ... Why should death be any different
It should be a basic right to decide to use assisted euthanasia. No one else
should have the power to make a person continue to live when they don't want to.
To do so is inhumane. The die with dignity should be in the reach of every
Around 24 years ago, I lost my dad to Kidney Cancer that spread throughout his
body. He was a real gentleman, wearing shirt, ties, always well dressed He was
in the Navy until just after I was born, then joined the Police Force.
He was always first in line to help those who need it, we used to get a young
girl out of the local Orphanage for Easter, Christmas and other special
When he was diagnosed, his biggest fear was to lose his dignity during his last
couple of months. He would have used Euthanasia if he had the chance, as it was
the way he wanted to go. From Diagnosis to Death was only a matter of months, he
went to Church straight after the diagnosis to ask for his Visa to Heaven, went
and saw all family to say goodbye, and his children rallied around him to say
goodbye. I couldn't, I was his little girl, so saying goodbye was impossible.
He should have been given the option of Euthanasia if he so wanted it. I now
have spent 20 yrs relying on my husband, I don't want to be in pain for the rest
of my life, it hurts my grandchildren and children as well as my hubby more than
it does me. I should have that option. How dare a stranger decide whether I want
to utilise Euthanasia or not.
It has nothing to do with anyone buy me and my husband. Not some goody-two-shoe
who has no idea what it is like to be in constant pain. No-one has that right,
the Government needs to grow some Kahonas, and get some Intestinal Fortitude to
stand up and allow us to speak, as we did for Gay Rights.
Who else matters in this situation. I think we should decide.
I cannot understand how the law can be interpreted to say that a person has to
be punished till they die from what ever infliction has been dealt to them,
regardless the integrity of the person. A person can be a mass murderer and in
previous times they were given a date of release. But if you have lived a
wholesome , loving and caring life and are condemned to an agonisingly long
period of horrendous pain and suffering and disgustingly insulting bodily
control, it is wrong, and illegal to ask to end the suffering or for your family
to say please take his/her suffering away. Once we reach a point in our life
where life is demeaning to us, it should be our,( the sufferer's) choice if we
want to go on and try and endure the indignity or to find peace in the after
If a person is terminally ill, or in that much pain without any chance of relief
for pain, they should be able to make the decision about proceeding with
legally without any repercussions from the law, family or friends.
I don't understand why we are still having this debate. We should definitely be
allowed to decide or decide on behalf of a loved one to end pain.
We find it the right thing to do if it's an animal that is dying so why
shouldn't we as humans have the same respect.
Please can we just hurry up and make this legal.
No I don’t think euthanasia is unethical, I think if a person knows that they
are coming to the end of the life because they’re sick/ have a disease
that’s going to kill them soon, they should have the right to chose euthanasia
so they can die with dignity
No I don't think it is unethical. Anyone who is in pain, with no prospect of
recovery or impending death should be given the opportunity to end life under
their terms with no interference from family or medical intervention.
Absolutely should be available. Even for untreatable depression. I have major
depressive disorder and people have no idea how badly this affects my life.
There is a lot of physical symptoms that can become like torture and the stupid
medications cause your brain to down regulate (stop making) the actual receptors
that the medicine needs to attach to. When that happens, boom, medicine does
nothing and your back where you started. Not to mention the side effects of the
medicine in the first place. I’ve already experienced this problem and was bed
ridden for 19 months. Eventually my last try was to go back on my original med
that had stopped working 5 years before. Everything else in between had
different effects, some truly terrifying. Luckily for me the Aropax kicked back
in. That was 1 year and 5 months ago and it has already started to poop out
again. My life is micromanaged everyday for optimal function. I eat clean , I
dont smoke, drink and try as hard as I can to not put anything anywhere near me
that’s toxic. So I’m not just a lazy person who wants to not look after
themselves and just get a magic pill from a doctor but keep mistreating my body.
So you see it’s very complicated and just as sad as any terminal illness. In
fact I would rather have a terminal illness because at least I’d have an idea
when it was going to stop. SO YES VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA SHOULD BE ALLOWED AND IT
SHOULD RECOGNISE OTHER ILLNESS THAT BECOMES TORTUROUS , why should I suffer to
the point of wanting to die and try to end my life in a horrible way when I can
just go off to sleep like when having an operation.
jodie737 I feel for you, and I absolutely agree with you. I know, given your
mental health that you might cast my message aside ... that's ok. Have you
looked at Bowen Therapy, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Bioresonance as alternates that
may well work really really well .... not necessarily "cure" you ... although
you might get lucky and get a cure ..... they all have the ability to give you
some relief. I hope you read this, and look into these therapies, I have had
experience with them all, and I have actually become a Reiki Therapist in the
last 6 months .... one that I'm not familiar with personally, but I have heard
good things about is Kineasiology. Good luck, I have prayers and good thoughts
going your way.
Terminally ill or not, I feel no-one should be made to endure pain & suffering
of any kind if they choose not to. I personally have no intention of living in a
debilitated state regardless of whether its mental or physical regardless of
age. It's a personal choice, it's YOUR life & YOUR decision. Nursing homes are
full of dementia patients, people with severe mental disabilities are often
taken out of society and institutionalised. And where does this get us - it
leaves families heart broken & stressed AND if often leaves the individual
unhappy and alone. I have seen this first hand and it is very, very sad. I've
often had people say to me that they would prefer not to be here. I know it's a
minefield as far as the legal ramifications are concerned buy as far as I'm
concerned it's all about quality of life NOT quantity.
all illnesses are caused by what we ingest, euthenasia should not be a way out
for the stupid, doctors pushing the antibiotics need to be accountable, makers
of substances and packaging in supermarkets that disguised anitbiotics as
preservatives need the death penalty for surrepticiously murdering people.
If the person is of sound mind when making the decision, and they have an
incurable disease then yes!!
In saying that do you allow your pet to suffer? The answer to that is No.... so
why should your family member!
being fed supermarket garbage that leeds to an illness is not justification for
euthenasia, seek out the atlas for natural cures and learn to be a life saver
instead of a life taker.... It would be more to the point to ban tobacco,
plastics and fluouride in our water and toothpaste. Remember it is a
neurotoxin that creates dementure, we wash in it, drink it and swimming pools
are filled with it ,
for extreme pain,close to end of life, so physically handicapped that they are
in fact a vegetable I would say yes. For depression definitely a big NO. you
wouldn't let an animal suver but let a human.
my mum suffered cancer to the stOMACH AND SHE HAD TO BE STARVED TO DEATH.
PROLONGED THE PAIN AND SUPPERING FROM ALL INVOLVED. WISHED IT WAS QUICK AND OVER
AND DONE WITH
Your kidding right. They are all out there everyday pushing drugs that kill you
very slowly. I’m speaking from experience. Don’t you think that goes against
the Hippocratic oath” FIRST, do no harm” That’s a joke, big pharma are
doing plenty of harm and doctors are they’re accomplices.
I have a chronic illness which makes me very biased and influenced to say I
agree 100% with euthanasia being a legalised choice.
Of course it would need to be thoroughly assessed or legally written into a
“will” like statement should the person lose the ability to make the
decision due to impairment.
My Auntie years ago died from breast cancer, she went through Chemo first and
then then the cancer came back and took her life. I once believed in chemo
thinking this would cure her like we are made to believe but I was definitely
wrong chemo only works on 15% no the numbers they suggest on tv. I would have
done anything to have taken that pain away from my auntie who suffered. We
don't allow animals to suffer and that's not called murder so why should your
loved ones suffer. I think the choice should be up to the person suffering (if
they understand) after all it is their life and I don't consider it murder.
Euthanasia of itself appears a kind act for suffering. In a world whefe we could
all rationally decide these things it may even be beneficial. Sadly human nature
dictates and history testifies that such power in the hands of humans is
ultimately abused and misused. Perhaps we should ask what is the real value of a
human life, who decides that value, what criteria we should use to determine
the value of a human life? Once we agree others can determine if you or I
should live or die then I am very concerned. We already struggle with the value
of the life of the unborn, disabled and elderly. I don't believe we have the
capacity or right to decide if another should live or die. When it comes to
personal choice I would hope for excellence in palliative care and pain
management This is certainly available today in developed nations but more
expensive. Is that also a better question? Who really benefits from euthanasia?
I believe it is unethical. Human beings are not so evolved they get to play god
over others. I feel very strongly about this. Even though I understand why some
people believe that euthanasia should be legal, I really do not think we are
evolved enough as a species to get away from motives of greed or laziness.
It’s voluntary. You have to be mentally able to choose for yourself and in the
countries that have it you have to be able to drink the anaesthetic yourself.
The doctor just signs it off, makes up the preparation and you have all the time
in the world to wait to drink it. No one forced anything at any point and it is
all filmed for the police report who must be called after you have passed away.
It’s very well organised. No one is choosing for you.
You say no-one should play god. In my mind keeping people alive artificially is
playing god. I know letting people die is not the same as euthanasia, but I
don't think people should have to suffer pain and indignity and no quality of
life, especially since they would probably have died earlier had it not beed for
It is a hard decision to make based on personal choice of the individuals'
suffering from & their own circumstances & what they deem as quality of life for
them. Who are we to question if the individual decides they want the choice of
his or her right to die with dignity by euthanasia.
i agree I am one of those people with a poor qaulity of life and in constant
pain on morphine and other' drugs' pain killer i would like the choice when im
so far gone and in agony almost there so yes is my answer
It is a tough decision based on personal choice of the individuals' suffering &
own circumstances & what they deem as quality of life for them. Who are we to
question if the individual decides they want the choice of his or her right to
die in dignity by euthanasia.
We are forced by law to euthanize an animal deemed by the RSPCA to be suffering
un necessarily. You can be jailed for not complying, yet we must share the
emotional burden with sufferers of terminal illnesses, we must stand by and
watch as elderly people are painfully resuscitated when their heart see tops or
watch a family member lose their minds with dementia. A slow and horrible
death, they forget how to chew an swallow, shove a tube in them, they can no
longer walk, talk, eat or drink, yet we keep them alive, to suffer, to die with
no dignity. Make euthanasia for people legal!!
Why can't we die if we want to?
It is against humanity forcing someone to do something they don't want to. By
attempting suicide people are forced to feel like they are a mass murderer even
though they are not killing anyone else, why?
We have the right to live which also means we can wave that right and die!
I am now a burden on the government and tax payers because of my deteriorating
health conditions, I am in constant pain, unable to work and increasing the
waiting list on public hospitals and have been for over 20 years. As population
increases the strain on the health system gets worse same goes for the
If people were allowed to die when they want then the stress on everyone will
diminish somewhat, it may give enough time for humans to save themselves and the
As well as all my health problems I have chronic depression which ever 5 or so
years makes me want to attempt suicide. I have been stopped and forced to be
imprisoned in a loony bin, again taking resource away from those who want it.
I am addicted to painkillers and antidepressant, so doctors can only increase my
dosage. Would anyone like a life knowing that thing are never going to get
Life can only get worse and the older I get the faster I will deteriorate.i am
over 50 but have the body of someone over 90.
Why am I forced to live when there is nothing that could make my life even just
I am in the same boat. It terrifies me that I will deteriorate even further and
then to the point of not being able to communicate my wishes. Then I could be
like a vegetable but inside my body it feels like spiders are crawling through
me and I want to vomit all day. No one can understand depression/ anxiety
disorder, until they truly have it as a major disease. I’m a fighter. I have
fought this and other extreme problems caused by the drugs for this, since I was
20. I am 54 and have already experience my first major drop out of the
medication. It took 19 months of hell until I made my own decision to give my
original drug another go. It worked but after this last year and 5 months it is
starting to drop out again. My worst nightmare and managing the drug side
effects AND the withdrawal side effects is just terrible. Yes folks ,
antidepressants have a probkem called WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME. So when they stop
working you go into withdrawal whether you want to or not. And you can keep
changing drugs but that didn’t work for me at all over that 19 months in bed.
5 different drugs and combos, nothing worked. And I can tell you I wanted it to
end. And even though I’m micromanaging myself everyday, I’m not a
functioning member of society and except for my dog who really needs me, I would
still gladly drop off my perch tomorrow. If someone said I could. I’m sick of
being sick. It’s a thing peoples, just so you know all you people who are
I am so sorry for your predicament ozycash, and I do believe in voluntary
euthanasia, I am a veterinary nurse, (western medicine based), and I've helped
many animals to pass over. I have no idea what is wrong with you, but have you
had a look at alternate health therapies? For me Bowen Therapy has changed my
life, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Please
seek the help of others outside western medicine ..... Acupuncture, Chinese
Herbal, Kineaseology, Reiki and many others including my beloved Bowen might do
the trick for you, or at least prop up the western stuff. I am nearly 59 and I
feel about 35. Two years ago when I started Bowen Therapy I felt like I was 75,
every muscle & bone ached .... my soul was just functioning. Today I am mostly
physically 110% GREAT .... I do have bad days now and then, but they are far and
few between. My soul is now joyful and light and filled to the brim with love.
So PLEASE try alternates ..... be careful though, there are a lot of charlatans
that will take your money and do nothing. Take care.
I like Futurama where they have 'Suicide Booths' on the street corners. In my
depression years I would have defiantly used one. My life is in darkness, there
is no light, I will be glad when the curtain comes down on me.
Definitely! As for the Woman with depression who was mentioned - why would
anyone with incurable depression want to live?
My daughter suffered for years after being raped and, truthfully, it was an
I believe in euthanasia for terminally I'll patients who are slowly dying a
painful death.A friend of mine had bowel cancer and I wished he had the option
because it was heartbreaking to see such a happy vibrant man in so much pain
If we allow our animals to suffer when they are ill and have no quality of life
we would be branded cruel and criminal, yet it does not apply to humans. Why?
Aren't we playing God by extending life through medical intervention anyway? If
quality of life is gone and death inevitable then euthanasia is perfectly
In certain cases, I believe euthanasia should be available. If life is to
continue with severe pain which can only be relieved by giving strong drugs
which mean the person is confined to bed and is unconscious, then definitely if
they want it.
Dying is still dying. We are all going to. So if someone is already dying why do
they have to dye slow and terrible. Do you think our living god in heaven
expects us to persevere , our bodies are such an amazing machine it will fight
to do it’s job, it doesn’t have a conscious but in our brains we do so why
can’t we stop our own suffering and go to God. He even did not let Jesus
suffer as a normal crucifiction would have gone. It says in the bible, time was
getting on and the romans didn’t want to wait so to make it happen quicker
they break the legs so the person cannot support themselves and their lungs fill
with fluid quicker. When they got to Jesus he was already dead which was a shock
to the centurions. Because it can sometimes take days. But definitely much more
than 6 hours. So God saved his own son from to much suffering as it was
needless. I don’t believe in a god who will turn me away if I choose to come
home sooner if I’m suffering tremendously. That would make him a cruel father
and he is not.
I believe everyone has a God given right to free will. If your life is just pain
and suffering constantly with never any chance of getting better & there is only
a long lifew of misery.
& you ve made peace with yourself and God. You know what to do. There's plenty
of painless ways to jump out of this world without involving the law & other
If your serious DONT MAKE IT A POLITICAL ISSUE SAYING YOU GOT THE RIGHT & PUT
SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE IN THE SHIT. JUST DO
at birth you left the Kingdom of God and entered the kindom of ceasar as an
alien. This is proven when your parents being compelled by statute to "register
your birth with the Crown / Ceasar / Pharoah". Or they would fined under the
Births, Deaths and Marriages Act. This was fraud. I do not have 10 years to
teach you, the answers lie in Jesus having to be re-born of the water and spirit
to re-enter the Kingdom of God by John the baptist.
Read Genesis and study it for a year in depth, do the same with the prodigal
son, read the fraud as promulgated in Romans. Re-watch the Wizard of Oz, Dune,
Avatar. I've spent the past 20 years studying this with overs 100+ others. Every
individual with a Birth Certificate, Drivers licence, bank account, mortgage,
car or house is not a man or a woman, they lost that at birth, from that day
onwards they accepted that they are now a citizen, taxpayer, voter, elector,
driver, you do not own land, your children, your car or boat, the government
owns them and can take them away whenever they feel like it with probable cause
that you gave them. Now go away and study the Bible for well in excess of 20
years.. Get a Bible nad study Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, every word in each
book for a year each and then email firstname.lastname@example.org when you think you have
the slightest answer..
Being easily brainwashed like you are is why you believe in such obvious
The bible contradicts itself so many times and the church did not add lots of
other books and stories because it did not suit them at the time!
If we all followed the bible we would not have evolved past the 6th century.
Learn to believe in fact not fiction!
Hey again ozycash :) Totally agree with you, the shit that is in Deutronomy &
Leviticus, & probably other places, is CRAP. The church has "edited" the bible
to buggery, to suit them .... this was told to me by a Presbyterian Minister.
I also believe that the likes of George Pell, & his fellow preachers of various
religions would have been very familiar with the bible .... but that didn't stop
the pedophilia & cover ups!!
Euthansia is unethical and referring to it as assisted suicide is just softening
the term to make us feel more compassionate. I have sat and held the hand of
many a dying person, most who have been relatives or close friends and those
last days have been absolutely precious. I have learned about family history,
their beliefs, their life stories and so many other things as even dying people
do have lucid moments where conversation is gold. Life is so precious and
hardships and all, it is something we should be celebrating, not taking. I've
seen more than my fair share of sickness, mental health issues, terminal
diseases and death but I stand by the sanctity and preciousness of life.
life has been unethical since the inception of Jesus Christ and the printing of
the N.K.J.V of the Bible. Then the Cestique Vie Act 1666 This answer will open
the eyes of some people. If you skip it, you’ll never know exactly how you
relate to yourself and to the ‘system.’ Consider this a ‘redpill’ answer
in a small way.
Get some coffee … and Aspirin. Or arsenic.
Well, aren't you the lucky one? You haven't sat and held the hand of someone who
has begged for release from the pain they are in? or the alternative state of
near coma from pain relief? It might change your mind if you had, as you cry
with them and wish to God you could do something to help them
As I personally suffer from chronic back pain and MS and suffer pain all the
time from.that... My pain is really bad sometimes... But I don't suffer the pain
of the people that are dying and have no relief from it and will continue to
suffer serve pain till the day they die.. I have times when I wish it would
end but as my pain goes so does that feeling.. Who are we to day when someone
can not bare the pain anymore " you'll be ok" until you have lived with pain
that is debilitating can understand. Even with my constant pain can't
comprehend what it is really like.. Let them choose.. It wouldn't be a choice
they would take easily.. But who are we to say no... It's their life.. It's
their pain.. I could never say to my loved ones.. No... I don't want to loose
What absolute rubbish TassieBob! I have, and still do, suffer pain day and
night for at least 15 years. There is to be no remedy. I Take all sorts of very
strong pain killers but they only help about 50%. It would be wonderful if all
I needed was some analgesia LOL The thing is, one needs to experience this to
Patient assisted euthanasia is not one person murdering another. The patient is
hooked up to a drip and a laptop. The patient is then guided through a series of
questions to confirm that they wish to proceed. It is the patient that has the
final say and activates the administration of the drug via the laptop.
Every case is different and I definitely agree. People make sure that an animal
doesn't suffer, why should a person suffer. If there is no hope for a different
outcome to death then let them go with dignity.
Yes, I believe we have a right to choose how we live and die. Those of us lucky
enough to not be diagnosed with a terminal illness, shouldn't be making these
kind of decisions. Leaving this earth with a bit of dignity would mean a lot,
for the sufferer and their family.
I'm 58 and I suffer alot of chronic neck and back pain thru someone else's doing
it has caused depression and I just found out I got the real bad arthritis I go
thru my share of pain l can imagine the people thats got internal illnesses I
reckon let them decide my saying is a human being wasn't put on earth to be
control by another human. well it happen to me
I support a person's right to elect euthanasia in the case of a terminal
illness. This is a much more respectable way for the person to pass on, rsther
than months or years of poor quality of life and thousands of dollars spent
trying to keep the person as comfortable as possible.
What about if it's not a terminal illness, but the patient is not able to
perform basic self-care tasks like toileting? Or lives in chronic pain and is
unable to perform the tasks they used to be able to? I would seek euthanasia,
rather than lose my independence and my dignity.
I think its very unethical because all human life comes from and is highly
valued by God. He alone should determine when exactly we give up our earthly
lives. Mental depression and physical pain can be treated with drugs.
Ng, clearly you have never suffer deep unending pain that leaves you unable to
talk or breathe. Pain that will follow you to the grave after losing every bit
of dignity, independence and joy you ever had. Known someone to die of cancer.
I have, too many times I have watched my family, the people I love, die slowly,
painfully ( look up bowel cancer) intelligent people become lost, non verbal,
confused, by pain, illnesses, destructive diseases, eating away at them, while
you prey or beg to whatever God/ Gods you have to take them away from this life
as you watch them beg with you. Stop making this all about Gods will. It should
be our will, to go when we have had enough, not when God thinks we have had
Everyone should have the right to decide if they no longer wish to live if they
are suffering in any way. Voluntary assisted dying allows those to choose for
themselves when they should die without prolonging their suffering and the
suffering of those around them. It is not a selfish act. Not allowing it is far
more cruel and often those who are unable to end their lives will ask their
loved ones to assist them in some way. Bring it on.
Euthanasia is Unethical, but if someone want to die it's their choice and i the
person might think it's better because they might not want to feel pain when
their dying like you never know when your going to die in a painful state like
in a car accident or something else painful.
There are situations where if it was a dog or cat in such condition you'd be
arrested or fined for not assisting with there death. Sometimes little is left
of the person who they were, just a shell any personality or volition long gone.
Other times the individual though well & truely there is trapped unable to move
or do anything. Worst are those tortured, a life overtaken by pain untreatable &
unending. Yes life is a precious thing & as such should be treated with respect,
this doesn't mean keeping it in all circumstances. There are situations where
it's both more respectful & kinder to end a life than keep it.
Ethical if someone just wants to die let them. It's selfish to not let a family
member do it just because they'd feel sad. What you want them to live in pain
because their death would affect you? Selfish
Euthanasia Unethical because Some non-religious arguments against euthanasia
include: euthanasia would weaken society's respect for the value and importance
of human life. proper palliative care is available which reduces or removes the
need for people to be in pain. it would lead to worse care for the terminally
Pain isn't the only factor. People in aged care who have suffered strokes and/or
have dementia can find themselves in very distressing states and paliative care
is of little help. The pain can be managed to a degree but the incontinence and
loss of memory can be traumatic, not only for the sufferer but just as much so
for family who visit them daily. Sitting or laying in bed all day isn't living,
it is simply existing.
Oh dear Mark, I guess you’ve never experienced nor witnessed excruciating pain
that you must live with day after day after day.
I can assure you, it’s no ‘walk in the park’. My father suffered for 10
longe painful years until he could take no more. Rat poison was the only way
out. He passed away that night. I’m sure you would here thousands of similar
experiences. No one should suffer this way, that is what is in humane Mark.
I don't view it as ethical because I believe every person has a right to life.
It is wrong to deny a human the right to live. In the case that the person who
decides to go for euthanasia the family and relatives are the ones who will bear
the grief and pains while he would have gone. Such family will be in need of
counsel and other treatment after the deed has been done. I just don't believe
Peter yes we have the right to live, by saying that then we have the right to
waive that right!
Or are you saying something like we have the right to freedom, so why are so
many people in jail should we let the all free as we all have that right?
Peter you obviously have not suffered the grief of watching a loved one pass on
in difficult circumstances. I have, on several occasions personally and have
friends in the same situation. Rather than watch my parents, one in terrible
pain from cancer and the other tormented through dementia, have to suffer weeks
and months on end, it would have been a blessing if they could have passed on
with dignity. I have a fried who's only surviving parent is now in aged care and
after having a stroke is bed ridden, suffers from dementia and does not know any
of his family. She visits every day and is reduced to tears by his condition
which sees him constantly abusing people, including her, regularly fouling
himself through incontinence, and in general, just in a terrible state. Do you
think this kind of situation is easier than having the poor fellow just going to
sleep one day and not waking up? Let me assure you, seeing her father at peace
would be much less traumatic than what she goes through now.
This is a grey area for me i believe we have been given the gift of life and
many have it cut short due to sickness, i beleive that no one should take there
own life if healthy but is mental illnesses healthy? Im not sure weather opening
the option for those who truly are suffering in life to be releaved of that
suffering may open up an argument that the depression sufferers may want to
fight for there right to alao take there life as my mum decided to do and left
alot more suffering??? Im so supportive of those who do not want to suffer but
am scared for what it may open up
99 of the time if you are a vegetable as they say then life is all but
Someone who wants to die for no reason who is mentally disturbed needs a lot of
vetting first. It is our life our body we should have choices.
I prefer to regard life as a once only event and therefore everything possible
should be done to sustain life. Many advances are being made these days. There
are many ways available to people to get help and these should be made available
through government support.
How can something that a person asks another person to assist them in be
unethical. The doctor/nurse or whoever would assist in euthanasia is only
administering a drug the same as some one giving you a flu vaccine. The ethical
dilemma lies with the person questioning it and not the person assisting. This
is no different from the debate about marijuana as it's not about the end
results but the wishes of the person who wants to use it.
The drug is not administered by the doctor or nurse (nor should it be). The
patient is hooked up to an IV and a laptop. The patient is then guided through a
series of questions to confirm they wish to proceed. It is the patient that has
the final say and activates the administration of the drug via the laptop.
To compare the euthanasia debate with marijuana laws trivialises this issue and
is pretty insensitive. Please stay on-topic?
Ethics are not hard and fast. What one considers ethical another may not.
EVERYTHING can be considered unethical by some-one. Euthanasia is a free choice.
It is not inflicted upon anyone. The legal safeguards in places where it exists
are pretty rigid. I see no problem with it if that is a person's wish. Suicide
can cause all sorts of horrors and mental anguish for survivors, but with
Euthanasia, everyone knows it is coming, goodbyes can be said, peace can be
made. Ethics should not enter into it, and neither should morals, religion or
politics. It is a personal choice. That is all.
In this day and age with animal rights organisations screaming at abuse of
animals yet they will willingly put a dog down if it’s in pain and terminal
and that is acceptable
So why should human beings have to suffer excruciating pain with no hope of
I say bring on euthanasia for those whose illness is incurable.
When the time has come we should not let anyone suffer. to watch a loved one
waste away is almost criminal. anyone having been in this situation would not
want their loved one suffer if there is no more help available
anyone that replies to this has obviously been through an horrible experience.
I cannot understand how any one would willingly sit and watch and wait for their
loved ones to suffer an undignified death.. this decision would never be made
lightly....put as many hoops in place as necessary and those that are genuine
will jump through them to enable a peaceful passing for the one they love.
If their illness is terminator they are suffering from an illness. They have the
right to chose when enough is enough..
I watched both my grandmother and my mother die a slow lingering death with
dementia. And u can remember my mum saying if i ever get this bloody shoot me...
Like most things idea's come with the very best of intentions, but things always
go awry. How do you police euthanasia? Who gets to decide who lives and who
dies? Incurable depression is no reason to be euthanized. Not assisting or
reviving is not the same as euthanasia. Euthanasia is killing someone by legal
means. Terminally ill people should be kept comfortable but not kept alive,
that's my opinion, and anything else is murder.
yes it should be made legal. I had to make a decision by the doctor wether to
let my husband go if it became the case when he was in an induced coma in ICU
and i said yes because i no he wouldnt have wanted to be a vegitable in a
nurseing home as i wouldnt either so weve made the decision that if it comes up
again for either of us let us go, thank god he pulled through but has lost 3
weeks of his memory but hey we can live with that.
I'm a nurse. I work in the intensive care unit and I unfortunately, I see a lot
of people die. Euthanasia should be legal. I see too many people suffering when
they don't want to continue the fight anymore, just because they don't have any
right to choose this option. I do agree there should be a policy and procedure
to implement it, but everyone should have the right to choose to continue
fighting or opt for euthanasia when there none or very little chances of
Yes. It is killing another person. There are enough palliative care options for
it not to be even considered today. We need to wake up to the emerging abuse of
this practise in some European countries, a disgrace and over the top.
You obviously simply do not have a clue as to how much some people suffer with
different illnesses. Palliative care is of virtually no use to someone who has
had bowel cancer for instance and each day is just another step closer to death.
They have no quality of life, being either doped up to the eyeballs to ease
their pain and if the medication isn't received when due, they are in a world of
pain you could never imagine. Until you have sat with someone and watched them
die a slow horrible death, you will never understand what a blessing Euthanasia
would be to them. We don't let animals suffer but we stand by and let our
friends and family suffer horrendously.
This attitude is prevalent in people who have not had direct experience with
people suffering terminal illnesses. Having patients beg you to do something to
help them pass away is awful - yes you can medicate them to almost coma like
state but that is not living - just deferring the end. Harry
I f you are in agony and they drug you up or you put up with it and you are
terminally ill I think it is unethical to keep you alive If you were an animal
you could be fined for cruelty but because you are human you have to put up with
it with your family around just waiting for you to die to me euthanasia is a no
Absolutely i would respect someone's wishes myself i would like Euthanasia if i
wont be able to cope anymore with my health otherwise i will just overdose with
sleeping tablets. no one will understand someones situation what they going thru
I do agree with it but it must be monitored. My main concern is that people
will rip off other people's money etc just because the person is sick. They do
need 2 doctors now that can say the patient will die within 12 months in one
state of Australia. This should be across all of Australia. They must be of
sound mind. I do remember, this was a long time ago, that people were given
just that extra dose of Morphine and they went peacefully. There really should
not be any need for pain now if administered properly. Two people that were
very close to me died of cancer. They were not in pain as that was covered with
medication. The main issue here is of being of sound mind to make that decision
yourself. If you want it then make sure that your family are aware of this.
I strongly believe it is not right to stop anybody from the dying wishes even by
law it is wrong I think if they want to die the way they would like to die let
them be do not question or answer they're dying wishes that's what I strongly
Everybody has the right to choose and have control over their own death. As a
nurse I have seen some awful suffering. People deserve to die with dignity
before that is taken away by the disease and they end up dying a painful and
undignified death. I ma 100% behind it
No. It doesn't matter how you put it, how you word it, how you look at it,
taking away someone's life before they're supposed to die (however that is, in
whatever way that is) is still murder. No one has the right or power to step in
and end someone's life not even the person (patient) themselves. We knew before
we came to this earth that there would be sickness, illness, suffering and pain
and would have to endure that if we encountered it in our lives and made that
choice anyway because here we are. . It's all part of our learning and growing
regardless of how hard and difficult it would be.
We did not know about suffering at birth. We were babies that font know anything
(except maybe love) We are responsible for our lives and should be able to end
it if there is no other way to stop the hurt and suffering
All I can say is in answer to your comment " We knew before we came to this
earth that there would be sickness, illness, suffering and pain and would have
to endure that if we encountered it in our lives and made that choice anyway
because here we are." My answer to this is " NO we did not know when we came
into this earth of the amount of things we would have to endure " did a
baby/child know that they were going to be tortured/raped by someone, did they
know they are going to be starved of food or love ". So your statement is
wrong. We are born with the right to change our minds, so we have the right to
change our minds if we wish to live or die, just like we have the right (within
the law of the land) to live and behave the way we wish.
You just need to pray that you aren't struck down by some horrible illness like
Dementia or a terminal cancer where you become so ravaged that you don't know
what you are doing or saying and the pain is unbearable.
humans are not GOD yes HE gave us a choice but for me the answer is no to
Euthanasia if i am to suffer then so be it as i know what HIS SON suffered on
the Cross is worse than anything i would go through
I agree that we are not God Robyn, and I also agree with the fact that Jesus did
indeed suffer a terrible death on the cross. BUT, have you ever had to watch
your own animal suffer? You may not be a pet owner, so maybe not. I have
been a veterinary nurse for 31 years, and the greatest gift we in the veterinary
industry can give a suffering animal is to euthanize it. If we treated
animals the same way we treated humans at the end of life, we would be in jail
for cruelty! As far as I recall, Jesus died on the 3rd day on the cross ...
correct me if I'm wrong. His death was horrendous, there is no doubt in my
mind about that .... but it was 3 days .... not weeks & sometimes years that
people suffering incurable diseases face, dementia, cancer, ALS etc. face. I
really think you aren't thinking this through.
We should all have the choice of how we die if we have a terminal illness and
should be able to make an end of life directive for cases where the sufferer may
not eventually be able to speak or act for themselves. No-one should have to
suffer terrible pain and indignity to suit someone else's world view.
Euthanasia should be an option for people who have no quality of life. Sadly,
for a large percentage of these people they are incapable of making that
decision and their family are then forced to suffer as well while they watch
their loved ones linger on. I think when someone reaches the stage a friends
father is at - suffering dementia, unable to walk after a stroke and suffering
incontinence and in a world of his own where he does not recognise anyone, if a
panel of doctors agree and the family members who are caring for the patient
think it would be best, then euthanasia should be permitted.
I would like to see euthanasia a world wide option. The amount of pain a person
goes through can only be felt by that person - not all of us watching the
suffering. However I understand how hard it must be for doctors who have taken
the Hippocratic oath to save life not to do so. That said - maybe they should
try to walk in their patients shoes - if they had this debilitating incurable
illness, would they want to linger till their heart finally gave out after being
refused food and water for up to a week life MIL was?
The advanced Care Directives now in place in most of the states of Australia go
some way in addressing what the patient wants, but agreeing to not resuscitate a
person doesn't mean they will die peacefully with those who love them around
their bed in a loving a calm frame of mind. Sometimes those who die on the roads
get the easy way out.
my dear you have said it quite well. in qld we to refer it to as voluntary
assisted dying. so many people think that we wish to kill our loved ones...how
bizarre !. we wish to keep our loved ones as long as possible, but when they
have no longer hope for survival it is time to let them go as per their wishes.
those that oppose it are only felling sorry for themselves and not those that
they say they love..
Sad to say it isn't always possible for the sufferer to express this opinion.
Talking to a friend today I asked how her father was and that almost enough to
reduce her to tears. It is heartbreaking to watch someone who was once a very
proud man reduced to someone who no longer recognises family members, is no
longer mobile after suffering a stroke, suffers from incontinence and has
dementia. Not only does illness like this affect the sufferer, it affects the
family as well.
only if you are religious, so the religious people can deny it and leave the
rest of society to their own choice
and i'm all for it especially as I have a terminal illness that will end my
life n the future
I am so sorry Thomas. You may be able to teach some of the anti euthanasia
people a lesson. I am a veterinary nurse, and I am proud to say that I have
helped many animals on their way, and alleviated their suffering. I cannot
fathom WHY the human medical profession wants to preserve life at all costs,
especially when someone has a terminal illness .... it is just CRUEL. I do
hope that your day to day living is pain free, or that you can breathe .... or
whatever it is that you need to do to stay comfortable. I also hope that
legislation that allows you to die at a time that you choose, and comes before
you need to die without a choice. I don't know you .... but I hope you feel
how much I care that you get a choice. HUGS.
Well there’s no real yes or no answer as it has to be looked at case by case,
to me if a family is watching a love one deteriorate slowly with no means of
improvement . Then I think it’s more selfish to continually watch the person
wither away every day and the only means for that person to continually live is
because of all the machines , then it’s only fair to the person is give them
the peace or no more suffering is to take the machines away and if they are
meant to heal then they will but I’m sure the family would get a great smile
and thank you as they leave this world because they are free of the suffering
If we do not put our animals down when they are suffering we are fined or even
jailed for cruielity to animals but yet we must watch our loved ones suffer go
figure i am all for Euthanasia to many are suffering in major pain or living in
limbo so druged up they dont know who you are let them die with dignerty
I have known close friends who have suffered extremely painful terminal
illnesses and begged for euthanasia which was denied them. As a result, instead
of dying peacefully with dignity they lingered on in incredible pain, distress
and eventually were just a drugged shell. This is not humane. We do not let an
animal suffer. When my beloved dogs have reached the limit of what they can
stand, they look into my eyes and I know they are asking for permission to be
allowed to leave their pain and suffering. Holding them in my arms while the
slip away with painless, gentle assistance from our caring vet is a precious
memory. I would do the same for any member of my human loved ones and would ask
that they would do the same for me if my life becomes unbearable.
For patients with terminal illness I believe euthanasia would end suffering,
pain and gives the dying person the choice of when they die, my sister's battle
with lymphoma was horrible and she hates wasting away especially bcos the chemo
did not work, she said sister I can feel myself dying n I'm sick of constant
pain and I can't wait til it's over, And I nursed my grandmother for months
while her Parkinson's n Alzheimer's forced her to suffer unable to swallow food
or drink she basically starved to death n wanted her suffering to end, SO I
AGREE WITH EUTHANASIA, I 100% support the practice watching loved ones die a
slow exhausting pain stricken death is inhumane, animals who get very sick or
injured get "put down" to end Thier suffering & the entire world Population
accept it some might not like it but most understand it regardless, WE CLASS
PETS AS FAMILY MEMBERs. It's ok to end suffering of the animal family members it
should be the same for human members of family
Religions shouldn't come into it. The religious get terminal illness too n I'm
sure when they realise after all the devout praying to Thier god begging him for
mercy to end suffering to ease pain doesn't happen I'm sure those people who
turn to religion n god to heal them and he doesn't then they would wish for the
right to end Thier life just like non religious would, when people are in that
situation where you get told you've got weeks maybe few months left and every
day is meshed together by exhausting intolerable pain and medications that stop
working and your prayers go unanswered by your god they become desperate for
relief n dying is the only way the suffering is going to stop , dying would be
what you'd want. Would you yourself let religious beliefs dictate that you cling
to life til the end ?, I doubt it constant pain n discomfort will initiate the
desire to do anything to end the pain even if God doesn't accept you into heaven
for choosing to be free of it all . And what kind of God denies access to heaven
bcos your pain caused u to end your life ? A dying person would no longer care
what the biBLe says about suicide n heaven all they can focus on is wishing for
the pain to end they would feel like God has forsaken them when they need him
the most . And god forsakes everyone at the end bcos the entire.
What you need to understand is that a true faith in Christ enables Christians to
trust Him, even to death. God has our lives in His hands, if we are Christians.
There is also a purpose in suffering that we as His created beings don't yet
fully understand - that's not to say suffering is great, or wanted, or desired -
it just is a fact of life. We can only do what we can to alleviate it - but
taking the life given us by God, into our own hands to terminate, is a very
serious and not superficial matter to be considered.
I think a person should be able to pass on naturally without suffering but there
is a time when a person should not be allowed to SUFFER from a terminal illness,
then and only then would I even think to consider euthanasia and should be
decided and implemented nationwide.
I honestly feel it is not unethical to allow someone to choose euthanasia as
long as they are fully assessed and deemed fit to make an informed decision or
have a signed and witnessed document prior to them becoming too unwell to speak
for themselves. There are people begging for it who suffer extreme pain every
day and are just waiting to die. This is as distressing for them as it is for
I have whatched three close family members dying from cancer and i now believe
euthanasia is a better way to die than struggling through so much pain it`s not
a cop out why should you have to die in so much pain when there is a good option
to take but the person dying needs to make the decision before they get too ill
to make their choice.
No, it is NOT unethical as a human beings have the rights to choose their
lifestyle and the style of their demise. I come from an European country,that is
1 of the most developed & progressive countries in the world, where Voluntary
Euthanasia is legally possible as it is considered by the vast majority ( 99% )
of the citizens as ethical & a manifestation of compassion & respect for the
Furthermore, i of the most important principal in our highly democratic society
is that the State is 100% separated from any religion,practiced in our country.
Another important FACT for that mode of demise is,that the number of the
suicides have markedly decreased to a level close to 0,which for a country of,
comparatively to others in Europe, small population, this is considered by them
a humane,wise & successful effort to keep the population steady.
In Australia, regretfully, the stipulation by its Constitution,that the State &
various religions are separate, is NOT actually practice as it's apparent,that
the fundamental branches of the Christian religion,i.e : the Roman Catholic &
the Evangelical Protestant Christianity, the members of which are apparently the
often violent & disrespectful to the human rights of their fellow female & male
compatriots, forces behind the "Right to Life" movement, that is behind the
opposition to the notion of not only Voluntary Euthanasia,but even to the right
of the female citizens, supported by their family, to chose Abortion,especially
due to the deplorable acts of rape & / or serious health reasons.
It's mind boggling,that in a country like Australia,which declares itself as
being a democracy, the majority of its citizens are held "hostage" by the rigid
demands of the religious reactionary Christian minority, that creates serious
division among its population & in reality is oppressed by that minority.
My concern as a Medical Research Scientist, specializing in Public Health &
Ecopsychology, is that when a larger number of Aussies will be experiencing
mental & emotional health problems as well as impaired cognitive function, the
majority of the citizens will push strongly for the Voluntary Euthanasia to be
legally allowed,especially that actually it's been practiced for many years
already in the palliative care hostels,where the level of Morphine,given to the
terminally ill persons by intravenous drip is gradually increased till the
person's demise,which usually takes 5 days.
There are some important differences though,ie : the persons are NOT at home in
familiar surroundings with their loved ones, No extra expenses for the
hostel,travelling of the family to it,where their mourning will be public & will
have to travel home in highly distressed state as well as & it's usually is done
by 1 injection,which takes couple of seconds after the good-byes are
exchanged..What a difference on so many levels !
Euthanasia for the terminally ill is not unethical. We don't allow our pets to
suffer because of a selfish need to keep them alive, you would be reported to
the RSPCA if you did that. It should be a persons right to choose to go if &
when that time comes. Anyone who thinks otherwise has not watched a loved one or
friend deteriorate to a shell of their former selves with no quality of life &
existing in pain. Because this option is not available when needed, I personally
know people who have become so distressed & depressed at the lack of compassion
for their right to die with dignity they have taken matters into their own hands
& instead of an assisted death with dignity in a calm & peaceful way they have
died horrendously causing distress to their families. Life is precious & should
be preserved if possible but when there's no quality of life, that is not
living, it's existing & no-one would want to be forced into that.
I absolutely don't think it should be legal. As much as doctors can act like
they know it all and make big choices about about life, there is no excuse for
ending a human life. The impossible has happened many times so how can doctors
or any human say that there is no chance?
Only God can decide when a person should die. Life is precious and miracles do
sometimes happen. There are are a lot of medications to ensure people do not
suffer unnecceraly. It is not right for any of us to play at being God and
taking someone's life. Also it could be abused by people who want to get rid of
a troublesome old person. So it's a NO from me.
If the person suffering illness asks to be assisted in suicide on a number of
times over a given period then doctors should be advised and if they agree then
the procedure in that particular state should be undertaken
Having watched a few people close to me go through the pain and indignation I
firmly believe that Euthanasia should be legal under severe medical
restrictions, The right to have your family and friends have the chance to say
goodbye is something that is important.
Yes I think that the people who are suffering needlessly should have the right
to decide whether they will go on suffering or die! It’s a cruel world anyway
why keep the sick alive when they are not even really living it’s cruel and
unfair especially if they are going to die sooner or later anyway. This would
also free up a lot of money saved on keeping the sick alive and could be spent
saving people who want to live! This needs to be a vote and we should accept the
It's a tough one. I believe people suffering greatly should be able to be put
gently to sleep - however, at present the laws mean that there could and most
likely will be a severe reaction and objection to it - my doctor told me
parents, family can and do react very angrily to any suggestion of euthanasia to
a loved one. There are religious beliefs also that for many have to be
considered, because it is suicide. If there was no hope of relief and no escape
from severest pain or a deteriorating terminal illness in regard to me
personally, I doubt I would be able to say no to an injection to ease me out.
I think if the person is suffering too much then they should have a right to
choose to leave this world. You are your own person you don't have to live for
anyone else but you. And if you choose to want to die because of your suffering
then that is your right.
This is a personal choice for every human being and unless you are suffering
there conditions you should not make decisions for them let people make their
own decisions with dignity and we should stop forcing our will onto others do
holders need to get a grip on reality of life and but out of other people's
rights to make their own choices