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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Comment by kris feenstra on November 15, 2012 at 12:04am

Was it Mass that had a death with dignity ballot measure this election? I was hoping it would pass, but it seems it didn't quite pull through.

My attitudes toward suicide of any sort are quite liberal, though outside of terminal suffering situations I would do everything in my power to help someone see a different path. In the case of assisted suicide for 'death with dignity' scenarios, I would support the decision. For loved ones, I'd even carry it out myself directly if that was easier on the person who was suffering. I would even break the law to do it if the person in question was okay with me taking the risk. Like pretty much everyone, I hope to never ever be faced with that situation on any level, but I just don't see the value in keeping someone in agony against their will, only to experience a crushing decline into death. I don't want anyone to live to the point of resenting life itself. That's more tragic than death.

Comment by Ed on November 15, 2012 at 5:30pm

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.

Comment by SteveInCO on November 15, 2012 at 9:48pm

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.

Comment by Ed on November 16, 2012 at 9:10pm

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.

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