Assisted suicide.

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    Should the law on assisted suicide be changed to allow people to help their loved ones to die without fear of prosecution?
    Yes. People should be allowed to end their lives with assistance, without their loved ones risking arrest.
    No. Human life should be preserved at all costs, irrespective of any physical suffering.
    I'm not sure. Doesn't it depend on the individual case?
     
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    Sometimes I think we're kinder to our pets than to people.
     
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    I tried to make a poll but it has ballsed up :redface:
     
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    The potential for misuse and murder are to high. And at what point do we allow people to kill themselves? When ever they want? When ever a "lovedone" convinces them it is best? Bad idea all round.
     
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    Then set some ground rules. The fact that a permissive attitude towards assisted suicide could be misused doesn't seem a strong basis to outlaw it. Automobiles are misused at the cost of thousands of people per year, but because they serve a societal function, we overlook the cost in lives. Even without a strong structural/legislative basis, the cost of permitted suicide wouldn't be anywhere near that high. With a strong structural/legislative basis, one would think it would actually be very, very low.
     
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    But what about the harm that is done by not allowing it? The harm in terms of incapacitated people who presently are denied their wishes and the harm that comes by badly performed assisted suicides. It's like abortion, you may not approve of it but it happens regardless of whether it's legal or not.
     
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    No.

    The law should be changed to allow people to go into business assisting others in their quest to expire. Why should anyone have to put the burden on a family member? I also see no need to require the expiree have a medical reason. Anyone fed up with reality can just sign a waiver and away they go. You could open up suicide shops in malls across America and really clean up I'd imagine.
     
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    You forgot the option:

    Yes, and in some cases, even if they're not entirely sure they want our help.
     
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    Personally, I sway toward the individual case option and think the medical profession needs to be involved in the decision.
     
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    Oh. I thought you were asking for some help.:eusa_angel:
     

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