Physician Assisted Suicide

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Physician Assisted Suicide

Post by CommMayo » 01 Oct 2018, 08:46

While it isn't a major theme in the book, the issue of euthanasia comes to the fore. Do you agree with McDowell'ss view on physician assisted suicide? Did his experiences with it change your preconceived notions about euthanasia?

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Post by Dolor » 01 Oct 2018, 10:01

In my own opinion, mercy killing is still a crime. If I were in his shoes, I would have let Jeremy live and repent during that last minutes of his life. It's God who gave us life, and He should have the only right to take it away.

As to the story, Hiram's aid on Jeremy's death was one of the twists that made the book thought-provoking.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 01 Oct 2018, 10:13

Euthanasia is an extremely thorny issue. I do not agree with McDowell's view on physician-assisted suicide.

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Post by HollandBlue » 01 Oct 2018, 11:40

This is a tough one, but I think it should be left up to God.
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Post by MagensWife1995 » 01 Oct 2018, 13:27

If I had this choice. I would definitely have an assisted suicide. When my wife dies or is on her death bed and we are both elderly we want to die together. I am perfectly fine with the idea as I want to do it my self.

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Post by Britty01 » 01 Oct 2018, 18:57

Euthanasia is a troubling issue. It is unsettling to feel that society is being led to believe that this could be normal and acceptable in the future. On the other hand, I cannot make that decision for another person.

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 01 Oct 2018, 19:02

I think assisted suicide is acceptable when someone has no quality of life or their every moment is suffering. When it comes to actual suicide I am very against it. The situation with assisted suicide is different, your loved ones would see your suffering and your terminally ill.

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Post by gen_g » 01 Oct 2018, 22:46

Personally, I feel that euthanasia is not really an issue in which we have the ability to decide if it should be allowed or not. In other words, if someone wanted to euthanise himself, it is not up to me to stop him; similarly, if I wanted to euthanise myself, no one should stop me either. If I'm not wrong, I think that this concept is also present in certain Scandinavian countries – one is allowed to choose to undergo euthanasia, but the person who chooses to undergo it is the one pressing the button (dispensing the toxin), literally.

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Post by grace8031 » 02 Oct 2018, 00:10

Life is sacred and no one be it a doctor has the right to take one. Hiram thought he was above .

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 02 Oct 2018, 00:17

Life wasn't something that was given freely and we aren't eligible to take it away as well. Committing euthanasia is a crime worth punishing with death. No matter what his intentions were taking away a person's life is unacceptable.
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Post by AliceofX » 02 Oct 2018, 01:19

Sakilunamermaid wrote:
01 Oct 2018, 19:02
I think assisted suicide is acceptable when someone has no quality of life or their every moment is suffering.
The problem is who gets to decide what is quality of life and what isn't. The Nazis thought that the disabled and mentally ill were better off dead. I'm not saying that it would automatically turn into a system where everyone not deemed fit is killed, but no system is without abuse. For some people, that's just too much power to give to anyone.

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Post by shiv_swami_25 » 02 Oct 2018, 03:51

According to mine, euthanasia by someone else is a crime...
Although you have no interest in living, life can still give you a chance. It can be far better than the previous life.
So the suicide committed here was completely wrong, that's what I think. 😞😞😞

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Post by a9436 » 02 Oct 2018, 04:15

AliceofX wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 01:19
Sakilunamermaid wrote:
01 Oct 2018, 19:02
I think assisted suicide is acceptable when someone has no quality of life or their every moment is suffering.
The problem is who gets to decide what is quality of life and what isn't. The Nazis thought that the disabled and mentally ill were better off dead. I'm not saying that it would automatically turn into a system where everyone not deemed fit is killed, but no system is without abuse. For some people, that's just too much power to give to anyone.
I agree that it is a terrifying amount of power to give, but there is a big difference between the Nazi atrocities, in which the victims had no say, and what happens at least in Switzerland today, where absolute consent is a must and people administer the drugs themselves. Personally, I do not have a problem with voluntary euthanasia as I cannot judge the pain nor understand the situation anyone else is in, but I would be sceptical of a doctor taking that decision on anyone's behalf.

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Post by joykan++2014 » 02 Oct 2018, 05:34

I do not agree with McDowell's view of euthanasia. Though the perpetrators may justify it as a compassionate act to eliminate suffering, it is wrong to take someones life. Life is full of second chances hence no need to aid the death of another person just because they are ill. In the world we live today, such systems are likely to be abused. Thus, euthanasia should not be allowed unless the due process is followed when the suffering is too much to bear.

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Post by Ravinder+Kaur » 02 Oct 2018, 07:22

I absolutely disagree with the concept of euthanasia. It is not about being terminally ill or in pain, to opt for it. A physician is there to look for every possible option of treatment, and not to support the idea of terminating life. Family and friends are supposed to be strong moral support systems.

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