PBS Frontline - The Suicide Plan

Just watched this and it was very engrossing. Assisted termination of one's life remains a hush hush subject across our nation. If your mom  or dad asked for assistance would you help? Death with dignity should be an inalienable right the way I see it. Our current laws, minus Oregon & Washington, live up to the reputation of being an ass.

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  • Ed

    Kris,

    Individuals portrayed in the documentary were of a similar mindset but unfortunately some got into some serious legal hot water just by being aware and in the immediate area when the termination occurred. The book Final Exit was covered which was written by the founder of the Hemlock Society. Arizona and Georgia spent millions trying to prosecute members of the Final Exit Network for their involvement in assisted termination but ultimately lost.  This issue is not going to go away and eventually will have to dealt with on a national level I believe.

  • SteveInCO

    I understand that where this option is legal, people often accept a supply of the drug and then never actually use it.  But it's huge peace of mind; if it ever gets so bad you can't stand it, well you won't have to.

    When it comes to this, we treat our fucking animals better than we treat ourselves.

  • Ed

    Steve,

    You can thank the paranoia of 'playing God' on our inability to let mature coherent humans decide it's time or not. Theists seem to think it is somehow OK to expect an individual to suffer a debilitating protracted illness that has little to no chance for correction. How they decide this without considering the total lack of benevolence on the part of their god, sure as hell not mine, is beyond me.