Should this be a right?

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    Is this a human being's right? And if not, why.

    'Death Becomes Him' By Bruce Falconer

    'Over the past decade, Ludwig Minelli has helped more than 1,000 people kill themselves and has turned Zurich into the undisputed world capital of assisted suicide. Minelli sees himself as a crusader for what he calls “the last human right”—and he believes that helping more and more people to die advances his cause. Even if you believe in an absolute right to die on your own terms, how far is too far in the quest to secure that right?'



    "Switzerland’s permissive legal environment is unique, and has given rise to at least four assisted-suicide organizations. The two largest, both called Exit, one based in German-speaking Zurich, the other in French-speaking Geneva, limit their services to Swiss citizens. Another group, called Exit International and located in the Swiss capital of Bern, does occasionally take foreigners, but only in extraordinary cases. This leaves Dignitas as the one organization in Switzerland—and, therefore, the only one in the world—that will expedite the death of almost anyone who asks. Minelli calls suicide “the last human right,” and he has dedicated his life to securing it."

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    [www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/03/death-becomes-him/7916/]

    And BBC News - Assisted suicide legal guidance due
     
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    Wow, no replies I wonder why.
     
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    Absolutely the ability to die on your own terms should be a right.
     
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    No one should care if one wants to off himself for any reason.
     
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    One SHOULD care when others "help" That is called murder. One should care when a Government gets involved and makes laws governing who can and can not "help" with this right. You do not trust Government to run your health care but have no problem if they regulate under what conditions others can "help" you kill yourself?
     
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    Just as long as you don't take anyone with you or make a policeman do it for you
     
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    it's only murder if one's life is taken against his will.

    Seriously if a person puts a catheter in your arm so you can push a button to administer a lethal dose of morphine, it is not murder.
     
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    It does not stop there once you start down that slippery slope.
     
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    What slippery slope?

    A person wants to die, he dies with or without help. No one's business but his.
     
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    You are an idiot if you believe that. Get Government involved and it becomes murder of the weak, infirm and handicapped. All "assisted" of course.
     

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