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Euthanasia

Post by Sophiee on Mon 13 Feb 2012, 2:05 am

I think this is a good topic to debate on.
I'm not sure about it, a few days ago I would have said I'm all for it. If someone has been given a few months to live and they're in pain and everything along those lines I thought it was a great idea.
But now I'm not so sure. My mums best friend has been through cancer three times. She beat it the first time, second time it disappeared but then spread and last January she was given 6 months to live. She was put on experimental treatment and then went back on chemo. She now doesn't need her treatment and her tumour has shrunk and she's back to normal almost. But I know about a year ago she was in so much pain and going through so much, if euthanasia was legal, she would have gone ahead with it because she was told she only had 6 months. And now she has no need to.
So now I'm not entirely sure.

What does everyone else think?
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Bess on Mon 13 Feb 2012, 6:08 am

I think it should be legal. In your mum's friends case, she could have killed herself. Suicide is suicide at the end of the day. But euthanasia is about helping someone to die, isn't it? Like if someone physically can't take control themselves, and needing someone else to do it for them.

Emmerdale tackled this last year. The guy was completely paralysed from the neck down, and was utterly depressed and could see no way of living the way he was. He physically couldn't end his own life so got someone else to do it for him.

I don't think it should be as simple as just 'killing' someone. I think the person should have extensive counselling and be given a great deal of time to accept their situation (if it is a case of being paraylised after an accident or what-not).

If someone is absolutely going to die, and they're bed-ridden, slowly deteriorating, and being kept alive by drugs or whatever, then they should have the option of ending things. Why delay the inevitable? Sometimes there are miracle situations, but if someone can't physically do anything for themselves then it doesn't look good.

My great uncle was an old man, he was very sick and knew he was dying. He was in hospital a long time before he died and many times he told my dad he wished he could just end it right away. I think he should have been given that right.

Every situation is unique and should be viewed so. There are certainly no black and white cases.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by kappa99 on Tue 21 Feb 2012, 1:39 pm

Its such a hard one. With or without a religious perspective.
I think potentially, when a person is of a sound mind, they should be allowed to choose. However if the decision is taken out of someones hands, then there should be no possibility.

In a way we already allow that in todays world, when doctors ask families of people in coma's/vegetative state for permission to cut life support.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by ChumbaWumba on Tue 21 Feb 2012, 9:39 pm

This is definitely one of the toughest subjects in medical practice. A lot of hospitals shut off coma patients after 2 years in a vegetative state unless the family can afford to keep them on life support (often they can't as it's so expensive).

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has shown he can lift his foot on demand after 4 years in a coma so personally I think this argument needs to get looked into sooner rather than later.
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Post by kappa99 on Wed 22 Feb 2012, 11:45 am

I knew Chumba would have something to say about the youth in asia.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Sophiee on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 11:58 am

Oh dear oh dear Kev. I'm ashamed I laughed.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by ChumbaWumba on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 9:22 pm

Sophiee wrote:Oh dear oh dear Kev. I'm ashamed I laughed.

Me too hahaha!
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