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I Believe Euthanasia Should Be Legal

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    MOST People Believe It Should Be Legal...

    Why is it that we know that euthanising sick and suffering animals is not only acceptable, but the right thing to do, yet when it comes to people, it's wrong?  I've seen relatives suffer through their final days because they didn't have the strength to euthanize...
    bioyah bioyah 41-45, M 10 Responses Aug 16, 2008

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    I Need Some Help With My Situation. Solid Advice

    I am 43 years old. Became disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, herniated discs, and candida back in 1999. I since have spent all of my savings trying to get better while on disability. I also was let go by the company I worked for, for 16 years of outstanding...
    fram411 fram411 41-45 3 Responses Jan 25, 2011

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    I Decide When It's Time to Go....

     ....unless nature beats me to it. I think everyone should have the right to end their own existence so, to me, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is a no brainer. It would add a great deal of dignity to the end of one's life. We put dogs to sleep but don't have the...
    onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa 61-65 2 Responses Nov 8, 2008

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    Heartbreaking

    I am deeply thankful that I don't have the terrible burden of a genetic disease like Alzheimer's, Huntington's or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I recently learned that one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, is starting to experience the first symptoms of Alzheimer's...
    Grisvisage Grisvisage 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 9, 2011

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    After Watching Mom

    get cancer and fight like she did and how much she suffered towards the end. the nurse in charge of her meds was a average of 2 hrs late with them (i wish i could meet him a dark alley) and the nurse in charge of the floor that mom was on was 8 hrs late getting her the clot...
    rhadhd rhadhd 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 6, 2011

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    It definetely should be legal.

    If someone is hurting phisically or mentally bad enough to want to die i think it should be available for him/her.
    Mihael122 Mihael122 18-21, T 2 Responses Mar 14

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    Lots of debates on this one!

    God gifts you life...who are you..a mere mortal to take it away they ask. It is destiny and everything - happiness, sorrow, health, illness - is predetermined.....who gave you the right to cut short a life span...to interfere in Karma, they ask. Who indeed? Well I say...the...
    nightoceanbreeze nightoceanbreeze 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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    Choose

    For several weeks while training to become a CNA, I met many wonderful residents in the nursing home where I did my practical training (and a handful who were, well, a handful). But one lady in particular almost made me cry when we 1st met. She was blind, could not move on her...
    rainbowbrat09 rainbowbrat09 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 12, 2013

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    I Believe In It Too, However....

      For 23 years Rom Houben was ­imprisoned in his own body. He saw his doctors and nurses as they visited him during their daily rounds; he listened to the conversations of his carers; he heard his mother deliver the news to him that his father had died. But he could...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 8, 2009

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    An Option to Consider

    If a person is in enough pain and suffering,then euthanasia should be legalized. I wouldn't want to see my loved ones in extreme pain,and if they are willing, I think it would be an option.
    cryingoveryou cryingoveryou 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 2, 2009

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    Euthanesia Should Be Legal

    Euthanesis should be legal a person severely suffering should be able to request it. However for animals they can't say so for them I'm against it except in severe sufferings. No animal or person should have to go through severe suffering.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Nov 2, 2011

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    Ending The Pain

    Watching loved ones struggle through a pain-filled existence continued only because of tons of pills and machines has taught me a lot. I believe if a patient begins deteriorating and while of sound mind requests it, euthanasia should be legal. Death can be a release for those...
    cowchicken cowchicken 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28, 2012

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    With No Restrictions

    Who is anyone to impose on others their notion of suffering? If someone wants to get out, they should be able to do so, no questions asked. Why put hurdles in their way? We're not a cult are we? I think it is a form of slavery to impose life on someone who doesn't want it...
    Elaria Elaria 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2013

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    I Wonder

    I wonder if it is murder if the person asks someone to kill them, to put them out of their misery? Isn't that like suicide? Suicide was never against any laws in the books anyway. Have you heard of someone shooting a suffering animal tortured by its wounds? To make it less...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 9, 2012

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    Euthanasia is pretty much victimless.

    There was a video on a website I went to where an older woman's family recorded her dying this way. It looked very nice and serene. I think assisted suicide could ease the worries of those who say the earth is overpopulated and I also think it's a better, less painful way to die...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    Pro's And Con's

    AND AT WHAT POINT WILL A DOWN'S BABY BE OFFED,LEGALLY? IT HAPPEN'S NOW ,THEY TAKE FEEDING TUBE'S OUT AT FAMILY REQUEST AND THE PERSON'S STARVES.DO YOU REMEMBER TERRY SHIVO IN FL.HER HUSBAND ORDERED FOOD AND WATER WITH HELD AND HE PUT HER IN THE STATE SHE WAS IN;HER PARENTS WANTED...
    baydog2 baydog2 61-65, F Jun 8, 2012

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    Two Sweet Dogs

    Over last Christmas (2012) my good friend asked me if I was willing to care for her mother's animals so her mom could see her other daughter's family. I agreed and flew from Oregon to Indiana (there was no one locally my friend trusted enough to care for her mom's pets). She had...
    krool1969 krool1969 41-45, M 3 Responses Jan 9, 2013

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    You Don't Know Jack

    It started off as just another inflight movie to pass the time... I was teenager when the media frenzy of Dr. Kevorkian erupted. I didn't make much of it, although I most likely presumed he was doing wrong because of my Christian upbringing and the media spin. But as the time...
    RockinRoxanneRussianRoulette RockinRoxanneRussianRoulette 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    Life Is A Right, Not An Obligation

    These are the words of Ramòn Sampedro, who fought for his right to die with dignity, and in the time he decided to. Sadly, he was declined but with the help of his loved ones, he managed to take his own life. There were criminal consequences for some but, it's all over now to...
    Chantale39 Chantale39 41-45, F Sep 29, 2012

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    Very Controversial Subject I Know...

    In a way i do agree with euthanasia under certain circumstances and if the person is sound in mind to make the desicion. we all have basic human rights, shouldn't the right to live or die be one of them? i know that if i had no quality of life i wouldn't want to be here. i'm too...
    FromTheHeartOfaWoman FromTheHeartOfaWoman 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 8, 2009

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    People Should Have The Right To End Their Own Life. If I Ever Get To The Point Where Death Is My Only Hope For Relief From Misery, I Wouldn't Think It Was Wrong To End My Own Life.

    It seems strange to me that in all other respects human beings are seen as being responsible for the life that they live but they can't decide to stop living. I've seen a lot of old people die slow and painful deaths and spending ten plus years in loneliness, neglect and complete...
    AThorsen AThorsen 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2011

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    Three Special Words.

    I believe people should be able to:   Die With Dignity.
    Mitosis Mitosis 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 5, 2008

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    When Existence Isn't Worth It Any More

    Yes, yes, human life is valuable, etc etc. But there are conditions where that value is severely diminished, states where existence becomes nothing more than a burden to the person. The misery of some chronic, progressive diseases can make living a daily degradation to a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 9, 2013

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    Of Course It Should Be Legal

    There should be no compulsion to stay alive. What conclusive evidence is there that life is good?
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 28, 2010

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    Euthanasia

    Euthanasia,Should be legal,So I believe,If you're really down,Or terminally ill,Want to end it,The choice,Should be there,Why live in pain?Be a burden?It prevents,Others from livin'!
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M 5 Responses Feb 16, 2012

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    A relative would like me to take him to

    where euthanasia is legal if he becomes infirm of mind or in intractable pain. He doesn't want his estate going toward 12k a month care as he saw happen to someone else. I joked about it with him saying we need to go right away. But slowly the seriousness of his request is...
    experimed experimed 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 12

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    Doctor Jack Is The Best Thing Since Jack Daniels And Coke!

    I think no one should be able to take someone else's life!  But, should someone's own life become so unbearable because of some illness or disability, they should be able to work with a Doctor who will assist them in their transition from this world into the next.   I...
    SHAWNTWAIN SHAWNTWAIN 51-55, M May 8, 2010

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    Im All For Ending Suffering

    i believe its a human right to choose what to do with your life, i believe there are ways to make sure everything's done right such as legal documents saying euthanasia is what you want, video recordings, a third party as a witness, and if youre suffering it just makes sense...
    agonyblue agonyblue 18-21 1 Response Sep 2, 2011

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    It Should Be A Choice.

    People should defiantly have the right to end their own lives, it only makes sense. Especially the terminally ill patients that are suffering in hospitals. It's just cruelty to keep them living in constant pain. Nobody should be able to decide another's fate for them, nor take...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 14, 2011

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    Absolutely.......

    I know that everyone is going to have their own opinion on this delicate matter and i understand and respect that,the following is just my opinion,If your pet was ill and dying most people would take it to the vet to end its suffering so personally i think euthanasia should be...
    XxBlackCat100xX XxBlackCat100xX 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2011

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    Not Just Legal, But Compulsory

    What is the point of anyone living beyond 40? You're too old to have sex, your kids are grown up, and all you have to look forward to is a gradual loss of faculties. Did you see the movie Logan's Run?
    cyberkitty cyberkitty 18-21 8 Responses Nov 8, 2008

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    You Don't Know Jack

    I have never given Euthanasia much thought until watching the HBO movie about Jack Kevorkian. Jack Kevorkian lived 20 minutes or so from me and got a lot of local (and national) attention. But I've never REALLY thought about it. After watching that movie on HBO, and also being...
    TattooedMissez TattooedMissez 26-30, F Sep 1, 2011

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    What About For People With Mental Health Problems?

    What do you think about euthanasia for people with mental health problems? I think I believe in it but it would have to be strictly monitored. For example, it might be that someone has to have been suicidal for a certain length of time. I don't think it's fair that people who are...
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 10, 2010

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    No Doubt

    Death is a person's most private moment.   Why not decide for yourself how to die?  I have no doubt in my mind that I do not want to waste away in bed nor do I wish to be in pain. When I've had enough...I want the option to say good bye with dignity.  Why...
    Divinemadness Divinemadness 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 28, 2008

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    Why Is It Cruel To Make A Dog Keep Living When They'Re In Pain, But Not A Human?

    People always talk about human lives being more valuable than animal lives, but why is it that an animal's comfort is being treated as more important than a human's? Is living in pain really better than dying in peace? Why do we have the right to life and not the right to death...
    halfbloodprincess halfbloodprincess 18-21, F Oct 8, 2013

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    It Only Makes Sense...

    ...none of us have a choice or a say in coming into this world, but everyone once they are here, should be able to exit it any way they wish. No government, state, law and certainly no religious dogma should dictate how and when we choose to end our life. It's a fundamental issue...
    Tuva Tuva 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 25, 2011

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    I'm For

      There came a time with my father when even my doctor who lived next door to my parents would not come over to help.   He had been telling me that day would come and that he could not help him...but I would not listen. I understood later ...a day or two after my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 13 Responses Aug 16, 2008

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    Pro Choice

    I feel so deeply about this and can not believe that government imposes their belief system on us, once again. There are so many ways to also insure this "right" would not be abused. I would never allow an animal to suffer needlessly. Why would I with a love one!  ...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 5 Responses Sep 12, 2008

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    With What Restrictions?

    You believe euthanasia should be legal... but with what restrictions? Or should an eighteen-year-old be able to decide that her life is no longer worth living when her boyfriend breaks up with her? Should a pregnant mother decide in her third trimester that living is no longer of...
    LovesLaborsLost LovesLaborsLost 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    Turn-offs

    The arguments for and against euthanasia are so strong on both sides that it's tough to decide.The Anti-It position, for me, doesn't rely on any awful 'Pro-life' illogic or religious concerns, it is entirely down to the mean-minded nature of people; some people will kill a loved...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 3 Responses Jan 16, 2011

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