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Euthanasia

June 9, 2013

Vermont recently became the fourth state to authorize doctor assisted suicide. Most disturbing is the number of commentators that favor such action....

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USABorn

Jun-09-13 4:13 AM

"The reason that I write this letter is to argue that love and care conquers pain and loneliness."

Mr. Richardson.....As someone who is in pain 24/7, and it is gradually getting worse, I can tell you from experience that love and care doesn't help. I have wonderful family and friends, and plenty of love and care....but I see the day coming when I may have to make "that decision."

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richardson

Jun-09-13 4:59 AM

USA: Just a rhetorical question: Would your ability to cope to this point have been more, or less, without the the love and care with which you have been blessed?

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mikekerstetter

Jun-09-13 5:27 AM

I believe euthanasia is already here in the form of drugs like morphine used to 'keep the patient comfortable'.

As I related before, my father had cancer of the spine. The cancer didn't end his life, the morphine that they had to use to control the pain ultimately paralyzed the muscles he used to breath. When the visiting hospice nurse saw that he was having difficulty breathing she called someone, presumably the Dr, and said 'it's time', turned up the morphine pump and he was gone in a few minutes.

I really don't have a problem with it in that scenario because by that time he was bedridden and slept most of the time. His quality of life was nil.

But I do have reservations about assisted suicide. I haven't looked into the regulations, but I would never want to see it used because someone just 'didn't want to live anymore'.

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farmer

Jun-09-13 5:58 AM

You lost me with the "death panel" thing.

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mikekerstetter

Jun-09-13 6:03 AM

farmer-"You lost me with the "death panel" thing."

The 'death panel' was part of the opposition to Obama Care. They said that panels would be convened to approve life saving or life extending measures at the end of a persons life.

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eriklatranyi

Jun-09-13 6:09 AM

Caring for the handicapped, terminal and/or youngest reminds us that life is fragile, precious and special.

Imagine a world where we treated fellow humans like paper towels....to be thrown away when no longer useful or needed.

The mentality of abortion, euthanasia, etc. lead to a society that has little sensitivity to death.

When a society has little sensitivity to death, they start more wars, abuse the masses and disregard life's precious truth.

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CHayes

Jun-09-13 6:22 AM

"You lost me with the "death panel" thing."

You must be pretty patient. He lost me way before that.

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CHayes

Jun-09-13 6:27 AM

"Caring for the handicapped, terminal and/or youngest reminds us that life is fragile, precious and special."

Haven't ever visited anyone in a hospice eh?

"The mentality of abortion, euthanasia, etc. lead to a society that has little sensitivity to death."

But war, and the death penalty are just fine?

"When a society has little sensitivity to death, they start more wars"

Then explain to us why the same people in the US that oppose abortion and physician assisted suicide are the biggest hawks, and supporters of the death penalty.

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MrShaman

Jun-09-13 7:02 AM

"Close to half of us support doctor-assisted suicide. Such support is a chilling commentary of our society today." - Jude Richardson

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...Or, possibly, maturity!!

When you describe (already existing) "eugenics", in this Country ("...which eliminates undesirable, or non productive, or handicapped humans deemed a burden to society.."), you'd "forgotten" about The Death Penalty.

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See:

Death Penalty Information Center

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MrShaman

Jun-09-13 7:11 AM

"But I do have reservations about assisted suicide. I haven't looked into the regulations, but I would never want to see it used because someone just 'didn't want to live anymore'." - mikekerstetter

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Oh, the irony....

You "conservatives" (typically, "moralists") are all-the-time preaching Freedom & Independence, while...at the same time...you want to TAKE AWAY the last decision someone wants make, regarding THEIR own Life??

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MrShaman

Jun-09-13 7:19 AM

farmer-"You lost me with the "death panel" thing."

The 'death panel' was part of the opposition to Obama Care. They said that panels would be convened to approve life saving or life extending measures at the end of a persons life." - mikekerstetter

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...But, "they" are typically consumers o' FAUX Noise/Porky Limbaugh/NY Post...and, have very little regard for the real World.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 7:40 AM

Let us face a glaring fact it comes down to choice, your choice.

Medical science has come a long way in prolonging our lives but it has fallen short on improving the quality of that life. A life that is support by machines and drugs that numb you. For some people that is not living a life.

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spike2

Jun-09-13 7:46 AM

Kerstetter - "But I do have reservations about assisted suicide. I haven't looked into the regulations, but I would never want to see it used because someone just 'didn't want to live anymore'." Probably because you have no personal, direct experience. Don't question U.S.A.. Listen to what he/she is saying. This is a first-hand experience, not an assumption nor someone from the outside looking in.

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CHayes

Jun-09-13 8:39 AM

I have to say it is strange to see such a large percentage of people that toss around words like "freedom" and "state's rights" so much be so up in arms about 4 states passing laws that grant the freedom to terminally ill patients to decide when they, and their families, have had enough, in consultation with their physician.

I would hope these laws would also enhance recognition of living wills.

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rmiller

Jun-09-13 9:00 AM

Excellent letter, Jude.

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philunderwood

Jun-09-13 9:04 AM

A person’s right to life includes ending that life. If the decision is made due to pain, suffering or ongoing dementia, I see no reason to prevent a professional from assisting to make it painless and successful. If a person wants to end his or her life due to depression or other mental/emotional problems a professional should see they get the proper care to treat that problem.

Withholding treatment by an approval panel is only a factor because we have a degree of socialized medicine and a lack of free market competition between insurance companies.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 9:22 AM

Truthfully Phil you can get any medical assistance you want, as long as you are able to pay for it. Insurance companies do not cover and pay for all medical procedures. Not ever person who needs a transplant can get one. That have review boards for that procedure.

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philunderwood

Jun-09-13 9:52 AM

If insurance companies had to compete in a free market, you’d be nuts to buy one that limited care as they and government do now.

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richardson

Jun-09-13 10:06 AM

Google suicide and The Free Dictionary for a comprehensive coverage for what we are discussing

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rick424

Jun-09-13 10:25 AM

We should be given the choice, plain and simple.

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philunderwood

Jun-09-13 10:36 AM

Actually we’ve always had the choice, but some would take it away from us and restrict or deny any professional assistance.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 10:45 AM

"If insurance companies had to compete in a free market, you’d be nuts to buy one that limited care as they and government do now."

Here is where the free marketers come up short. Consumers would purchase what they can afford not what they want.

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CMReeder

Jun-09-13 10:48 AM

"Actually we’ve always had the choice, but some would take it away from us and restrict or deny any professional assistance."

Not actually ability to pay and how much is a bigger driving factor. The availablity of service and products also restricts choice.

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USABorn

Jun-09-13 11:09 AM

MrShaman - 7:19 AM

"...But, "they" are typically consumers o' FAUX Noise/Porky Limbaugh/NY Post...and, have very little regard for the real World."

Typical inane comment by sham...

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mikekerstetter

Jun-09-13 11:10 AM

CHayes-"I have to say it is strange to see such a large percentage of people that toss around words like "freedom" and "state's rights" so much be so up in arms about 4 states passing laws that grant the freedom to terminally ill patients to decide when they, and their families, have had enough..."

Chris, for the terminally ill who are suffering and in pain, I agree. In fact, I've given you my personal experience with Hospice and the fact that, in the end, it is a form of euthanasia but masked as 'keeping the patient comfortable'.

As for enough is enough, it would only be a slight difference in what many people choose now to not take or continue treatments for cancer and other diseases but opt to remain 'comfortable' as it runs it's course.

I just don't want to see depression and mental health issues to cause an otherwise healthy person (not terminally ill) to end their life. Maybe those safeguards are already in place in those 4 states.

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