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Are You Scared to Talk About This?
Euthanasia, Do You Have an Opinion?  

During an intense interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian, he said, "Anybody who's facing imminent and unavoidable death should be given the choice to die humanely in an acceptable environment. This is self-determination...based on the autonomy of the person's life.  


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      Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • I do not have a black and white opinion about this subject. I believe each case is unique and must be analysed as so. It is hard to say what a person should do when you are not walking in his shoes.



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • I think it’s a personal choice - who knows how you would feel if your faced with a long and slow death - or your trapped in a body which will never recover .....



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      Mztracy wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • If you are trapped in a body that will no longer work and there is NO hope...I am completely for it!!

      The lady with MS who he helped to die with dignity [i think the reason he was finally arrested], was heartbreaking, but she was trapped inside a body that no longer worked or would ever work again.

      I never want my family to have to diaper me, feed me, etc if my MS ever gets that bad.

      There is no black and white answer really, and it can be argued until we are all blue. lol

      But, imo, he never should have been imprisoned for it.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • As a ProLifer, my position  would be no. BUT...never having been in that situation I cannot say what I would choose. I must confess, there were moments when my dear brother was ill, that it crossed my mind more than once to unplug the machines and let him go. However, I am relieved that my sister in law never had to make that decision after all.

      My answer? I will have to cross that bridge if and when I come to it.



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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • I agree that there are no black and whites to this subject.

      Human emotions aside, looking at it from a financial perspective, it makes sense.  In a world of skyrocketing health care costs, over crowded nursing homes and hospitals that can’t take decent care of the patients they have, it makes sense to end the suffering of those who will never recover.

      I think it would be a horribly difficult decision to make, but I also think a person should be allowed to die with dignity.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Feb 14, 2010
    • I had this conversation with my 89 year old Grandmother not long ago (she brought it up.) She no longer wants to be among the living and has been this way for a while. My Grandfather died in 2001. She feels she has nothing to live for anymore. She is in a nursing home and cannot walk anymore. She wanted to go to the nursing home as she didn’t want to burden the family. What she didn’t plan on is living as long as she has. She basically said if an animal gets sick you have the option to euthanize them why can’t it be done for people? Then she ended the conversation by saying we need Kevorkien. I can understand how she feels but I’m a little torn on my decision as if I agree it should be done since I am not the one in that situation.



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      Karyn Olson wrote Feb 15, 2010
    • I personally do not believe in it...Having said that...I do believe a person has the right to choose whatever they wish...my aunt died almost two years ago...and she knew she was dying and she ordered the hospital that if she went into any kind of duress that she did not want to be revived or resuscitated...and that is what they did...she got tired of suffering and chose to just let it go...she is in a much better place now with no suffering...



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      Allinet48 wrote Feb 15, 2010
    • I think even with a Living Will, the family doesn’t have to follow the persons wishes. Communication beforehand-my mother is always telling(reminding me?)of things to do after she is gone. And she has told me and sister that she does not want extraordinary measures(DNR-Do Not Resuscitate). I have even spoken to my older kids about my wishes. If only machines are keeping a person alive and they are in veg. state?? Or are trapped in their bodies and aware?? Or are old and ready to die??



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 15, 2010
    • The DNR form has always been an important thing in our family. I would not want to be kept alive by machinery and my entire family is very well aware of this.

      Being Catholic this is a tough issue for me. I know someone who was prescribed a lethal dose when he was diagnosed with very painful terminal cancer. He said that whether or not he ever used it there was tremendous comfort in knowing that it was there. He died without having to make the decision.



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Feb 15, 2010
    • Wow, I love all of your comments, and I have my DMR posted on my frig, that is where it is suppose to be for any emergecy people that see it. I also have a living will which everyone has a copy,including my doctor.  It is right there for everyone to see.

      I know this is a touchy subject and I am so pleased that you all could talk about this in such a personal way, I just beleive each person should have a choice in their life, way before they are mental gone.  I am just tired of the goverment getting inside my home, inside my thoughts.  You all have a valid view point and they all make so much sence, so times I write just get get people to think about something they never think about.  Bless you all, your friend forever, on this wonderful fab 40 site, I love it here.  Darskifrown



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      Mztracy wrote Feb 15, 2010
    • Definite guidelines would need to be in place.

      But if my ms ever make me a vegetable and there is no way it will change [due to my type] I should have the right to go with my dignity in tact and not drooling, or having to be diaper changed and fed, etc.

      Having a chronic illness that is only going to progress, may be my reason for feeling this way. estatic



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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 16, 2010
    • IMHO, and many of you may not agree with me, but I see no harm in implementing a program which would provide a person the option of discreetly and quietly being put out of their misery if they are no longer physically/mentally able to function, of course, it would depend on the severity of their health...and who are we to say that this may not be a thing of the future...I know there are legalities and religious views attached to this, but when it comes down to the end..is it really fair to suffer needlessly?



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      Timbuktu wrote Feb 27, 2010
    • Like many of you, I believe this is a tricky question. I certainly believe in quality of life rather than quantity and I think we should be much more open to the choice of euthanasia. The problems are of course with avoiding abuse. But having seen some of my patients suffering I cannot be against it. We can use Advanced Directives in UK which can avoid prolonging of life by feeding tubes, use of antibiotics etc, which must be acted upon even if the family wishes otherwise.  

      Timbuktu.



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