Is Euthanasia Unethical?


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

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    Purplerome

    No, why put a person through the pain and suffering of slowly dying. People should have a right to decided if they want to put an end their suffering or not.

    Posted by Purplerome on 03 Jul 2019

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    Monica

    No. People deserve the right end their own suffering. Just like when a DNR is put in place.

    Posted by Monica on 02 Jul 2019

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    Elvis

    no to euthanasia

    Posted by Elvis on 23 Jun 2019

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    Elvis

    no there are other ways of comforting a loved 1 till the end of their time here on earth pain killers mate

    Posted by Elvis on 23 Jun 2019

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    Kaylene

    I sat with my Brother as passed away in agony with cancer and I know he was in agreement for it to be made legal, I’m sure that anyone that had a loved one go thru this would feel the same. He used to beg my eldest brother to help him go, it was so cruel, he never should have suffered like he did, I can still see him in my mind all the time. We don’t let animals suffer like he did. He should have had a choice.

    Posted by Kaylene on 11 Jun 2019

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    Phillip

    Yes . Prefer not to exist if in vegetated or terminal state

    Posted by Phillip on 05 Jun 2019

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    Steffie67

    Yes most definitely under the write circumstances.

    Posted by Steffie67 on 05 Jun 2019

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    wrestler 57

    People that are suffering with uncontrollable pain should be able to make their own choice.

    Posted by wrestler 57 on 05 Jun 2019

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    Mel

    Should be up to the individual or the situation they are facing

    Posted by Mel on 03 Jun 2019

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    Trevor

    It should be up tothe individual providing they are well aware of their options its not a decision to made by politicians or do gooders they already interfere in our lives with their self importance

    Posted by Trevor on 03 Jun 2019

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    tigerdaz

    No it saves people having to put up with unbearable pain

    Posted by tigerdaz on 03 Jun 2019

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    Carolyn

    yes it should be available for people

    Posted by Carolyn on 02 Jun 2019

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    Lisa

    I believe it should be allowed if you have a terminal illness most definitely If it's The person's wish ..then most definitely

    Posted by Lisa on 31 May 2019

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    madam butterfly

    I believe it should be allowed if you have a terminal illness

    Posted by madam butterfly on 29 May 2019

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    Rubeliza

    No, i believe we got our own rights to end our own sufferings from unbearable pain and terminally ill diseases, may sound a bit selfish but i think it will benefit everyone in terms of physical, psychological and financial aspect.

    Posted by Rubeliza on 29 May 2019

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    Nola

    No, I think euthanasia should be available for people suffering tremendous pain or incurable illness provided they are either in horrific pain or have decided that they want to die.

    Posted by Nola on 27 May 2019

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    Fun

    I believe that anyone has the right to have the choice of euthanasia, especially, terminally ill. A family decision and respecting the terminally ill patient decision. It is unfair and disrespectful to continue ones life if that is not their wish. We must ask ourselves "Is it us we are thinking about or the patient suffering?"

    Posted by Fun on 27 May 2019

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    intrepidarts

    High believer in humaine choices for the chronically ill - the entire human rights movement revolves around dignity ... Why should death be any different

    Posted by intrepidarts on 24 May 2019

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    Sandra

    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 person.

    Posted by Sandra on 24 May 2019

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    Lisa

    Yes I agree that it should be a basic right.

    Posted by Lisa on 28 May 2019

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    Ray

    I believe euthanasia is a good thing and should be made law for people who are termaly ill

    Posted by Ray on 21 May 2019

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    Ceedy

    Euthanasia is extremely ethical for people suffering terminal illness - Why should Australians travel all the way to Switzerland to die in peace!

    Posted by Ceedy on 20 May 2019

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    Dee_Lindsay

    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 occasions. 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. Thank you Deanne

    Posted by Dee_Lindsay on 20 May 2019

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    Garry

    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 life

    Posted by Garry on 20 May 2019

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    Jemm Ds

    There's no thought to putting a terminally ill pet down, yet they'd rather a human suffer an excruciating death instead of euthanasia? How is that fair?

    Posted by Jemm Ds on 20 May 2019

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    Angela

    IF the person does not have quality in life or in a lot of pain why would you make your loved one suffer wouldn't you put your pet out of their misary

    Posted by Angela on 19 May 2019

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    Dawn

    No, the effects on the family suffering, seeing your loved ones suffering is just as devastating. Go out with dignity.

    Posted by Dawn on 19 May 2019

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    bowler

    I definitely don't agree.

    Posted by bowler on 19 May 2019

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    Maggie45

    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 euthanasia legally without any repercussions from the law, family or friends.

    Posted by Maggie45 on 19 May 2019

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    Neil

    People should be able to end their lives as they see fit..

    Posted by Neil on 18 May 2019

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    Laura

    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.

    Posted by Laura on 18 May 2019

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    Amanderous

    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

    Posted by Amanderous on 18 May 2019

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    SFR

    I believe one should have the freedom to choose if they wish to terminate their own life. This decision is a very personal one and should not be up to others to make such a call.

    Posted by SFR on 18 May 2019

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    Liro

    I am well and my nostalgia for my family is too high. I'm afraid I should return to my country sooner.

    Posted by Liro on 18 May 2019

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    Liro

    Thanks for letting me to bee in Australia

    Posted by Liro on 18 May 2019

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    Barry

    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.

    Posted by Barry on 17 May 2019

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    John

    Euthanasia to me is an ugly thought, and should not be committed.

    Posted by John on 17 May 2019

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    Kippa Chick

    In the needed circumstances, certainly not.

    Posted by Kippa Chick on 17 May 2019

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    jodie737

    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.

    Posted by jodie737 on 17 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    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.

    Posted by Ulysses on 18 May 2019

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    Jessica

    Once you have nursed terminally I'll patients you would never say no to euthanasia. It's plain cruel in my opinion to allow someone to go through excruciating pain

    Posted by Jessica on 16 May 2019

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    Victoria

    In the late stages of a terminal illness a person and their families should be given an option to end their lives if that is their wish..

    Posted by Victoria on 16 May 2019

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    Gumnuts

    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.

    Posted by Gumnuts on 16 May 2019

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    shrott

    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.

    Posted by shrott on 16 May 2019

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    MzShez

    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!

    Posted by MzShez on 16 May 2019

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    Gumnuts

    My sentiments exactly.

    Posted by Gumnuts on 16 May 2019

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    shrott

    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 ,

    Posted by shrott on 16 May 2019

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    Deanna

    Of Course not.

    Posted by Deanna on 15 May 2019

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    Steffie67

    I think if someone has incurable disease they should have the right to choose euthanasia so that them and their loved ones don’t suffer.

    Posted by Steffie67 on 15 May 2019

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    Hellybell

    I have chronic pain and a number of ongoing medical issues I live with pain every day and although I have a positive mental attitude I would like the right to deem when and how I die!

    Posted by Hellybell on 15 May 2019

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    bookworm

    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

    Posted by bookworm on 15 May 2019

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    Richard

    I think it is unethical, consider the doctor who has sworn to uphold life now being forced to provide dangerous drugs for use of their patient to suicide. Definitely unethical

    Posted by Richard on 14 May 2019

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    jodie737

    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.

    Posted by jodie737 on 17 May 2019

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    Terrym42

    I don't think it's unethical & all politicians should try it if they think otherwise.

    Posted by Terrym42 on 14 May 2019

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    Woodness

    I do not think it is unethical and would like to see it legalised nationwide.

    Posted by Woodness on 14 May 2019

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    Denise

    I think it should be available in a controlled manner to all persons who are

    Posted by Denise on 14 May 2019

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    Nkosicat1377

    Yes if a person is in acute pain and does not wish to continue in this state then I say a very big YES!

    Posted by Nkosicat1377 on 14 May 2019

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    Gill

    No it is a personal choice.

    Posted by Gill on 14 May 2019

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    mandachic

    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.

    Posted by mandachic on 14 May 2019

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    Starry-eyed

    I believe it should be aloud its a personal decision each to there own

    Posted by Starry-eyed on 13 May 2019

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    Four

    It maybe unethical but when you are in a lot of pain like I am right now I would probably welcome it, otherwise suicide would be another option.

    Posted by Four on 13 May 2019

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    Lynne

    Should be available to anyone suffering from a terminal illness as I don't think anybody should suffer the pain of a terminal illness and I don't think their families should watch this suffering.

    Posted by Lynne on 13 May 2019

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    wendles

    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.

    Posted by wendles on 13 May 2019

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    Ruth

    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?

    Posted by Ruth on 13 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    The person suffering the pain.

    Posted by Ulysses on 18 May 2019

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    zoedog66

    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.

    Posted by zoedog66 on 13 May 2019

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    jodie737

    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.

    Posted by jodie737 on 17 May 2019

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    Georgie22

    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 medical intervention.

    Posted by Georgie22 on 13 May 2019

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    Helen

    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.

    Posted by Helen on 13 May 2019

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    Eileen

    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

    Posted by Eileen on 15 May 2019

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    Helen

    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.

    Posted by Helen on 12 May 2019

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    Allen

    It is enethical, no need to play God with someone else life

    Posted by Allen on 12 May 2019

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    Su

    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!!

    Posted by Su on 12 May 2019

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    ozycash

    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 planet. 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 planet. 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 better? 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 bearable?

    Posted by ozycash on 12 May 2019

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    jodie737

    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 healthy.

    Posted by jodie737 on 17 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    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.

    Posted by Ulysses on 13 May 2019

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    dirk777

    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.

    Posted by dirk777 on 12 May 2019

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    Nola

    I don't think so!

    Posted by Nola on 12 May 2019

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    Nola

    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 awful time!

    Posted by Nola on 12 May 2019

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    Nola

    I believe euthanasia for people who are terminally ill and suffering should be legal.

    Posted by Nola on 12 May 2019

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    Leanne

    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

    Posted by Leanne on 12 May 2019

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    Georgie22

    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 ethical.

    Posted by Georgie22 on 11 May 2019

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    Nola

    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.

    Posted by Nola on 11 May 2019

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    Alexis

    Killing is still killing. Even if it is yourself.

    Posted by Alexis on 11 May 2019

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    jodie737

    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.

    Posted by jodie737 on 17 May 2019

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    HAL9000

    Of course if they are Pollies then it's OK because we all know that they are not human and can be treated like the animals that they are right?

    Posted by HAL9000 on 12 May 2019

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    Theo09

    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 people. If your serious DONT MAKE IT A POLITICAL ISSUE SAYING YOU GOT THE RIGHT & PUT SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE IN THE SHIT. JUST DO

    Posted by Theo09 on 11 May 2019

  • [0] [8]
    shrott

    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 lawnsau@yahoo.com when you think you have the slightest answer..

    Posted by shrott on 11 May 2019

  • [2] [2]
    ozycash

    Being easily brainwashed like you are is why you believe in such obvious lies. 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!

    Posted by ozycash on 12 May 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Kerry

    SHROTT - What has this got to do with the question at hand??

    Posted by Kerry on 11 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Ulysses

    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!!

    Posted by Ulysses on 13 May 2019

  • [3] [6]
    Rainbowc

    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.

    Posted by Rainbowc on 10 May 2019

  • [1] [6]
    shrott

    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.

    Posted by shrott on 11 May 2019

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    marianrose

    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

    Posted by marianrose on 11 May 2019

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    Paul

    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 you...

    Posted by Paul on 10 May 2019

  • [1] [4]
    TassieBob

    Today with modern analgesia no one needs to suffer pain. Those who want to suicide should do it without having some one murder them.

    Posted by TassieBob on 10 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Ulysses

    You are kidding surely?????

    Posted by Ulysses on 13 May 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Kerry

    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 fully understand.

    Posted by Kerry on 11 May 2019

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    Pamela

    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.

    Posted by Pamela on 11 May 2019

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    Irene

    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.

    Posted by Irene on 10 May 2019

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    John

    If some one is in great pain, why not give them a choice

    Posted by John on 10 May 2019

  • [8] [0]
    Michelle

    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.

    Posted by Michelle on 10 May 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Debbie

    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

    Posted by Debbie on 10 May 2019

  • [6] [0]
    BettyBoop

    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.

    Posted by BettyBoop on 10 May 2019

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    Pamela

    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.

    Posted by Pamela on 11 May 2019

  • [5] [0]
    shelley

    Why not everyone deserves the right to have peace of mind ..making a desire to pass on ..especially when they are terminally ill ...

    Posted by shelley on 10 May 2019

  • [1] [5]
    Ng

    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.

    Posted by Ng on 10 May 2019

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    Su

    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 enough.

    Posted by Su on 12 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    ozycash

    Live comes from your parents having sex, God has nothing to do with anything. Go and learn some basic biology!

    Posted by ozycash on 12 May 2019

  • [7] [0]
    Tiogar

    The answers here seems to indicate the question is being mis-read. I believe euthanasia IS ethical. Rather than making someone suffer, allowing them to end their life gracefully is much more humane.

    Posted by Tiogar on 10 May 2019

  • [0] [3]
    Darren

    No, all life is sacred

    Posted by Darren on 10 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Gary

    Yes I would I think it is a humane way to die if terminal ill.

    Posted by Gary on 09 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Margot

    Yes everyone should have the right & choice to die with dignity. If that’s a persons wish it should be honoured. We euthanise animals why should we be left to suffer.

    Posted by Margot on 09 May 2019

  • [1] [1]
    Stephen

    No you should b able to O die without suffering

    Posted by Stephen on 09 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    vera

    No it’s not I believe one should be able to die in dignity

    Posted by vera on 09 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Cassius

    It's not unethical but the Victorian legislation is raising questions about protections against greedy and grasping relatives chasing an inheritance

    Posted by Cassius on 09 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Doc1

    The final freedom we have as sentient beings is being able to pass in dignity. Palliative care can only go so far. There should be a way to call it quits if and when life becomes too much.

    Posted by Doc1 on 09 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    bitch10

    i myself would gladly get the assistance I need if I was suffering like when I watched my father in agony dying of lung cancer... it was so sad, so very sad .. I will never forget

    Posted by bitch10 on 09 May 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Nommy

    Absolutely not. To watch a loved one in pain is so hard especially when they are suffering from a terminal illness. Let them go with dignity.

    Posted by Nommy on 09 May 2019

  • [0] [1]
    HAL9000

    No not at all and all Pollies should be subject to it as they are all incurable and need to be removed as they hurt society.

    Posted by HAL9000 on 09 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    hendoo

    No absolutely not

    Posted by hendoo on 09 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    antodinata

    Why shouldn't you be able to decide on what to do with your own life as long as it doesn't harm others? We are free human beings, aren't we?

    Posted by antodinata on 09 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    JASMINE

    Each person is different. So its not upto the government to tell what others wish to happen to them

    Posted by JASMINE on 09 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Lynne

    I have already expressed my wishes if I ever had no quality of life that I did not want to linger and be a burden to my family or a medical facility. Yes I believe Euthanasia is ethical.

    Posted by Lynne on 08 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    goldeee

    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.

    Posted by goldeee on 08 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Manuela

    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.

    Posted by Manuela on 08 May 2019

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    Chris

    Yes, But only if they have an incurable disease and are constantly suffering.

    Posted by Chris on 08 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Ujaz

    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.

    Posted by Ujaz on 08 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Piers

    My first thought is that Euthanasia is unethical or not right, however, I can understand why people would want it

    Posted by Piers on 08 May 2019

  • [1] [2]
    amtaffy

    I would love to die and go home to heaven, but my life is in God's hands and it's up to Him when He takes me.

    Posted by amtaffy on 08 May 2019

  • [5] [0]
    William

    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

    Posted by William on 08 May 2019

  • [0] [3]
    marshallemmy

    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 ill.

    Posted by marshallemmy on 08 May 2019

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    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 09 May 2019

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    Kerry

    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.

    Posted by Kerry on 08 May 2019

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    Peter

    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 in it.

    Posted by Peter on 08 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    ozycash

    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?

    Posted by ozycash on 12 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 10 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Kerry

    Peter, it seems selfish that you feel the emotional grief and pain of the family is much worse than the grief and pain the patient experiences.

    Posted by Kerry on 08 May 2019

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    Kylie

    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

    Posted by Kylie on 07 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Gerry19

    99 of the time if you are a vegetable as they say then life is all but extinguished. 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.

    Posted by Gerry19 on 07 May 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Kerry

    From my understanding, euthanasia is NOT for people with mental health problems and don’t believe it ever will be. Mental health can be treated over time.

    Posted by Kerry on 08 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Mandy

    Absolutely, people have a right to dye with dignity and unit you have walked in their shoes and know and understand the whole situation, one has the right to question or say otherwise.

    Posted by Mandy on 07 May 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Steven

    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.

    Posted by Steven on 07 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Dazzal61

    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.

    Posted by Dazzal61 on 06 May 2019

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    Pamela

    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?

    Posted by Pamela on 14 May 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Donna

    Everyone has their own belief on this topic.

    Posted by Donna on 06 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Annette

    Yes if there is suffering

    Posted by Annette on 06 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    hardbags

    i’m sure it’s unethical to some people in today’s offended-by-everything culture, i however think it is perfectly ethical. It’s your life, who’s to say you can’t take it?

    Posted by hardbags on 06 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Writer Steven

    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.

    Posted by Writer Steven on 06 May 2019

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    Bottletop

    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 getting better. I say bring on euthanasia for those whose illness is incurable. Bob

    Posted by Bottletop on 06 May 2019

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    lord mayor

    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

    Posted by lord mayor on 06 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    monky

    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.

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Sherron

    I agree with euthanasia if the person has no chance of a good quality of life and it's what they choose to end suffering.

    Posted by Sherron on 06 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Dawn

    Its up to the individual, I've seen so many suffer in their last days, let alone what the families go through. My mum suffered bad before her passing and its the hardest, sadest thing.

    Posted by Dawn on 06 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Anne

    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...

    Posted by Anne on 05 May 2019

  • [3] [0]
    white bird

    I believe that euthanasia,,is something very personal and can only be answered by the person who is going through unimaginable time.

    Posted by white bird on 05 May 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Jenny

    Although with the right intensions a the learned procedures in place , we need to be wary of erosion to the place it becomes an acceptable and even an economic necessity to euthanase.

    Posted by Jenny on 05 May 2019

  • [0] [4]
    Judith.

    Euthanasia is totally Wrong only GOD CAN TAKE A LIFE GOD CALLS YOU WHEN HE IS READY NOT WHEN YOU. ARE READY. TO TAKE A LIFE WEATHER IT.IS YOURS OR.SOMEONE ELSES IS MURDER EUTHANASIA. IS. WRONG

    Posted by Judith. on 05 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    monky

    I respect your view, but must ask if you've ever sat and watched and held the hand of someone you loved be in torment and pain

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    CRAP, have you ever had to endure the shit that people and animals go through before death? You are full of shit. I am a veterinary nurse, euthanasia is an act of Love, it is not murder.

    Posted by Ulysses on 05 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Mick

    Some people that really want to end their lives are believers that just can’t take it anymore.

    Posted by Mick on 05 May 2019

  • [4] [1]
    Thrice

    Why shouldn't I have a say in when my time is up

    Posted by Thrice on 05 May 2019

  • [0] [1]
    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 05 May 2019

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    love hearts

    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.

    Posted by love hearts on 05 May 2019

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    Rebeca

    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 survival.

    Posted by Rebeca on 05 May 2019

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    monky

    thankyou rebeca.

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

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    Deborah

    If their illness is terminal & they are in constant pain, it should be an option.

    Posted by Deborah on 05 May 2019

  • [0] [2]
    Kevin

    It is unethical in my opinion

    Posted by Kevin on 05 May 2019

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    Robert

    I think each case needs to be treated seperately no body has the right to play god but on the other hand no body deserves to suffer

    Posted by Robert on 05 May 2019

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    Carsie

    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.

    Posted by Carsie on 05 May 2019

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    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 05 May 2019

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    Harry

    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

    Posted by Harry on 05 May 2019

  • [1] [0]
    robin

    yes I have seen a person wanting his suffering ended but was forced to linger on in pain for another 4 months..

    Posted by robin on 05 May 2019

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    monky

    and the do gooders think it's ok ?

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

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    spearchucka

    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 brainer

    Posted by spearchucka on 05 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Lionel

    yes where suffering due to terminal illness is concerned.

    Posted by Lionel on 05 May 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Bumperandrobbie

    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

    Posted by Bumperandrobbie on 04 May 2019

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    Likeable

    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.

    Posted by Likeable on 04 May 2019

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    monky

    all the more reason to encourage all of us to have a POA and advanced health directive in place

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

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    Tamara

    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 believe in

    Posted by Tamara on 04 May 2019

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    Hayley

    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

    Posted by Hayley on 04 May 2019

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    Mumof4

    Watch "Me before you". It helped me understand better from the POV of someone who chose to end his life afyer becoming a quadriplegic.

    Posted by Mumof4 on 04 May 2019

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    Dynamo

    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.

    Posted by Dynamo on 04 May 2019

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    Mick

    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

    Posted by Mick on 05 May 2019

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    Can88

    I don't think we chose to be here did we? I'm pretty sure our parents made that choice for us. I'm also not sure we can willingly murder ourselves?

    Posted by Can88 on 05 May 2019

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    8181

    How is it murder when consent is given??

    Posted by 8181 on 05 May 2019

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    NotNats

    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.

    Posted by NotNats on 05 May 2019

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    RussT

    No one asks to be born!

    Posted by RussT on 04 May 2019

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    Simone

    I agree with it, especially if that person or me. Has finally got to other people helping me. It is just really sad...

    Posted by Simone on 04 May 2019

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    Apostle

    No. That power should be left to God

    Posted by Apostle on 03 May 2019

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    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 05 May 2019

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    Irene

    Not under the right circumstances, every case is different

    Posted by Irene on 03 May 2019

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    alderwick

    no i,ve seen people suffer terribly its cruel u put u animal down because u don,t want it suffer any more it is no different for a human we all should have the choice of dying with dignity

    Posted by alderwick on 03 May 2019

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    Elaine

    When someone suffers so much and there's nothing that can be done to stop the suffering it is a choice that we should all have to end the suffering with dignity

    Posted by Elaine on 03 May 2019

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    Joseph

    No. The dignity of life & its sanctity as held by the individual, are necessarily helped by an assistance when no other sane or healthy option exists.

    Posted by Joseph on 03 May 2019

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    Robyn

    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

    Posted by Robyn on 03 May 2019

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    8181

    Christ was pinned to a cross for being naughty therefor everybody must live in agony 2000+ years later. Makes sense.

    Posted by 8181 on 05 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    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.

    Posted by Ulysses on 03 May 2019

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    robbur

    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.

    Posted by robbur on 03 May 2019

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    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 02 May 2019

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    CILLY0

    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.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 02 May 2019

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    monky

    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..

    Posted by monky on 06 May 2019

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    bawleypoint

    some people will say yes , till it happens to them, then i believe at this stage a person should have the choice. Not the dr/ spouse/ children. the person who is suffering.

    Posted by bawleypoint on 02 May 2019

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    Pamela

    totally agree it should be the person's choice

    Posted by Pamela on 03 May 2019

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    Who? Me?

    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.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 02 May 2019

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    Tracey

    I think if someone wants to end their Life it's there decision every circumstance is different

    Posted by Tracey on 02 May 2019

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    thomas

    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

    Posted by thomas on 02 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    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.

    Posted by Ulysses on 03 May 2019

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    Ready Cyn

    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 and pain

    Posted by Ready Cyn on 02 May 2019

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    Richard

    I think it should be available to people who are terminally ill, & their illness is proven. Why suffer through all the pain when you are only going to die anyway?

    Posted by Richard on 02 May 2019

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    Pamela

    I disagree that the ill person should have to prove their illness, or that it should only be available to terminally ill patients. It should be the person's right to choose a peaceful death.

    Posted by Pamela on 03 May 2019

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    Sueanne

    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

    Posted by Sueanne on 02 May 2019

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    Eileen

    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.

    Posted by Eileen on 02 May 2019

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    Ulysses

    AGREE Eileen. I have been a veterinary nurse for 31 years. Euthanasia is the BEST gift we can give to our loved pets ... I don't understand why we don't allow humans the same choice.

    Posted by Ulysses on 03 May 2019

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    Tina

    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

    Posted by Tina on 02 May 2019

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    William

    Subject to all areas covered under medical / personal wishes noting have not included religion would agree in euthanasia

    Posted by William on 01 May 2019

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    Tina

    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.

    Posted by Tina on 02 May 2019