5/26/2004

FOXNews.com - Top Stories - Court Upholds Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

FOXNews.com - Top Stories - Court Upholds Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

Of course, the 9th Circus Court of Appeals decided in this manner. They are the champion of all that is liberal. My only question is WHY most people would even need a doctor to assist. If you REALLY want to kill yourself there are thousands of ways to do so.

Unless someone is totally incapacitated (such as the quadriplegic who was given a feeding tube and wanted it removed....obviously he couldn't remove it himself), I can't see why a doctor would be needed. In that case, he wanted to do it himself but was physically unable to do so. That is an exception. Otherwise, there's no need to ask for help. Just do it! Go to alt.suicide.holiday (more info here) for help in doing it yourself. People kill themselves all the time...and all joking aside, it is unfortunate. Most people terminally ill have the capacity and ability to take their own lives. Personally, I'm not in favor of anyone killing themselves, but it would be unfair for me to pass judgement as I'm not walking in their shoes.

The other problem I have with doctor-assisted suicide is that it leaves far too much power outside the hands of the person allegedly wanting to die. Too much subjectivity going on there. Courts, psychologists, doctors helping to make a determination. The suicidee (I made that up...what do you think?), may not be in a proper frame of mind to make a decision to end their own life. It is a permanent decision...there's no going back.

Not to beat a dead horse...but if someone who is able-bodied needs assistance in killing themselves they obviously lack the resolve to do it themselves and should not be assisted. This kind of goes back to the credo of personal responsibility.

5 Comments:

Blogger eskadoni said...

nerf herder claims there are 5000 ways to die.

i say the extent of assisted suicide should be pointing out which cord to pull then looking the other way.

really, though, i think people should have the right to do themselves in, and i agree that it should be a personal thing. let's keep others out of it.

May 26, 2004 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Ellbur said...

Poster of this post, what exactly are you advocating?

May 31, 2004 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

I'm against doctor-assisted suicides...I thought that was obvious.

The only exception would be like the quadriplegic that went to court to have his respirator and feeding tubes disconnected. He was conscious and could talk and he should have the right to take his own life. In his case, he obviously couldn't disconnect the tubes himself and to me, it seems excessively cruel to keep someone in that condition alive despite their wishes.

However, in any other circumstance, I'm against assisted suicide.

May 31, 2004 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

I forgot to add...the key here is that his mind was working at 100%. He just did not want to live having to be fed and assisted by a respirator. This opposed to Terry Shiavo who cannot make that decision for herself.

June 1, 2004 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for letting people kill themselves. Health or not. Why should I care what path someone an unhappy person picks? After reading your article it was not clear you felt strong about either decision. If doctors wish to take on this responiblity then I say thank you for saving me a little money keeping someone a live for simply the point of not letting someone die. It is not about quantity in live it is about quality. Don't you agree?

June 18, 2004 at 12:08 PM  

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