Before becoming an attorney I was a professional fiduciary in California. While I certainly sympathize with a terminally ill person who is going through extreme pain not wanting to prolong death, I also saw the other side. There are plenty of greedy beneficiaries who can't wait for an elderly relative to "kick the bucket" so they can quickly get their mitts on money or property. Also it's difficult, but not impossible, to find a doctor who could be convinced to sign off that the patient is terminal and suffering. Beneficiaries exerting constant pressure can convince the patient that they really want to end it all. I just don't believe that humans are ready yet to assume this responsibility.
NED SCARISBRICK, Palliative care includes medication to ease pain and suffering during an illness and at the end of life. That kind of care is merciful without actively applying means to induce death because, yes, we want people to be able to pass in peace.
"Lack of control and autonomy are consistently top reasons why people seek assisted suicide, with fear regarding the future and pain being secondary motivators. By hastening their death, those seeking assisted suicide believe they are regaining control in their lives."
The above is the thought process why I, as a nurse, have thought that assisted suicide should be an option. I do not fear dying; I do not want to become a physical or financial burden to my family at any point.
Then I kept reading. We all should. Everyone.
" In 1993, a Dutch court agreed that physically healthy but depressed patients could be euthanized. Since legalization the following conditions have also been used to euthanize individuals in Holland: diabetes, rheumatism, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, bronchitis, and accident victims.
Another effect of legalized euthanasia is that palliative care is often rejected in favor of lower-cost assisted suicide. Doctors are regularly advised to give elderly patients lethal injections rather than admit them to hospital. The denial of care is not confined to Holland. In 2008, a cancer patient of Dexter, Oregon was notified by his health care administrator that his state health plan would not cover expensive cancer treatment, but that it would cover the cost of physician assisted suicide."
Holy Cow! Now I am frightened by this "slippery slope" she describes.
I think I'm going to rethink my stand on assisted suicide!
As a society of mercy we don't let our pets suffer to death do we?
I understand the slippery slope of this process and agree with many of the issues raised but I can't how suffering to death is a moral positive high ground in todays world. We offer anesthesia for things like dentistry because it is available in our cultural. Could we not offer the dying this simple mercy to pass in peace?
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