Should a Doctor have to help me if I want to end my life?

Posted by: Kreakin

Isn't it my choice?

  • Yes. Your life, your choice, a service to help you die should be provided.

  • No. Your life, but other peoples choice. No service to help you die should be provided.

35% 8 votes
65% 15 votes
  • How about: For twenty years I have not enjoyed life. I want out and I don't consent to any other treatment. I have given up hope. Will you help me Dr. or do i traumatize someone by letting them find my body. The choice is the persons and as much as we want to do all we can to help and prevent it after all is said and done it is still their choice and should be respected. Suicide is currently an underground issue like drugs. More people would be saved paradoxically by having this service as the process would involve intensive discussion of the reasons for wanting to die.

  • Absolutely. Asstrd suicide for the terminally ill is something we should have for those who want it. People who say some docotes might not want to do it because of religion or juts moral convictions sad day for them. Its part of being a doctor when legal and if thats not ok with you then you shouldnt be a doctor.

    Posted by: Stefy
  • There should be people who specialize in this stuff.

  • No one has right on anothers life. If someone feels that is the best option then that should be their right I would happily 'pull the trigger' if someone saw this as the only option.

    Posted by: hect
  • They shouldn't HAVE to help you, but yes, they should be able to.

    Posted by: benhos
  • I'm going to tell you a story. Once upon a time, a rich old guy was in the hospital with an injury. Midway through his hospital stay, legislation legalizing the right to die was passed. His heir had him ruled legally incompetent and got legal guardianship. With that, he petitioned for the right to die for the rich old guy. It was granted. Another example is a poor person who suffered a debilitating injury. Because the State pays for their medical attention, they get ultimate control over what treatment is given. Some bureaucrat looks at the balancesheet and says "Hmm, we're at budget. Hey look, there's a guy with a broken leg. Well, we'll just put him down to save money." And so he is. That power would be too easily taken away by the State.

  • No one should be required to help you commit suicide.

  • Kind of a false dichotomy. I think it should be acceptable if the patient is in extreme pain and agony, cannot be cured, and has the consent of his/her parents. However, I still think the doc has the right to deny it.

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Kreakin says2015-06-03T17:38:51.1635308-05:00
@Forthelulz - You can't just have people judged to lack capacity if they don't, also it would go through numerous best interest panels before a request like that had a hope in hell of succeeding. As for putting down people with broken limbs against their will, well is that really the best example you can think of? It's very very unlikely.
Forthelulz says2015-06-03T17:46:02.6888679-05:00
No, but it is one of the first examples that springs to mind when I think of a debilitating injury. And that much paperwork would possible have the guy die of natural causes before it goes through.
Kreakin says2015-06-03T17:48:25.6188165-05:00
I think you underestimate the amount of safeguards that would be in place. If someone wants to live you can't just kill them because of this, thats still murder.
Kreakin says2015-06-03T17:49:54.7121298-05:00
Dr's do this all the time via palliative care. Most cancer patients die of the pain killers given causing respiratory failure, not the cancer itself.
Kreakin says2015-06-03T17:50:42.9397874-05:00
Stefy says2015-06-03T18:06:14.8945791-05:00
Forthelulz: The state wouldnt be allowed to "put people down." Assisted suicide would be highly regulated and by the choice of the person who is ill.
Stefy says2015-06-03T18:07:49.6196007-05:00
And having the hospital option is important because it gives the family time to prepare and its far less traumatic for everybody.
Kreakin says2015-06-03T18:11:38.6164044-05:00
The service may even let people die at home, that is a lot of peoples wish and is often currently not possible.
Stefy says2015-06-03T18:22:04.1705403-05:00
Thats a great point.
PetersSmith says2015-06-03T19:46:18.8013652-05:00
You make this sound like you're not terminally ill in your vote, and instead you are mentally depressed. Doctors should not assist you in killing yourself if you are not terminally ill. The hospital should be required to get you help, not kill you.
Wylted says2015-06-03T20:52:22.9950706-05:00
No it violates the Hippocratic oath. You should have the right to get a specialist who isn't a doctor to do it, though
Wylted says2015-06-03T20:53:56.7468751-05:00
If you're not of mentally sound mind, you shouldn't kill yourself. However, if you're of sound mind, even at a young age, you should be allowed the right
TBR says2015-06-03T20:57:43.4328318-05:00
Wylted - I think I have said this to you before, but... 1) It is NOT a problem with the hippocratic oath, look them (yes there are a number) up sometime. 2) Few doctors take the oath. It is not required.
Varrack says2015-06-03T21:05:02.0793396-05:00
No one should ever be forced to provide service towards someone else. To think that they should, regardless of their values and beliefs is insensitive and ignorant.
Varrack says2015-06-03T21:07:18.4130889-05:00
But yeah, this poll is a false dichotomy and is somewhat biased. I can believe that a doctor shouldn't be forced to provide this service, but still think someone should offer it. By choosing "no", however, I must believe that euthanasia is entirely immoral. Kreakin needs to learn how to make unbiased polls.
TBR says2015-06-03T21:07:50.6901096-05:00
@Varrack - Doctors are "forced" to treat patients in many cases.
tajshar2k says2015-06-03T21:08:01.7203470-05:00
But they should have specialists who would commit something like that.
Wylted says2015-06-03T21:10:15.1488876-05:00
Doctors have a duty to help those who are dying and should have their hand forced in those situations, but requiring them to take life is unreasonable.
Stefy says2015-06-03T22:01:18.8689743-05:00
Varrak: Youre right in a way. No one ahould wver be forced to take anothers life. But you become a doctor by choice. If assisted suicide is in the job description then you should not become a doctor. If you become one and then refuse to do your job you shoud be fired. Wytled: If something that is the right thing to do violates an oath then change the oath. Its not gravity you can just write a different oath.
Najs says2015-06-04T01:01:46.8203933-05:00
Undecided. I guess I wouldn't 100% know unless that time came.
hect says2015-06-04T01:58:09.1625497-05:00
Even if someone is mentally ill they are still the only people with rights on their own life. I don't even see how there is a taboo around suicide, if someone feels they are better of not living then that is their prerogative and it is in fact selfish to insist that they hang around for the eventual inevitable anyway.
banjos42 says2015-06-10T22:51:31.9312792-05:00
I can't understand how people say yes.
TBR says2015-06-10T23:09:27.2924244-05:00
@banjos42 - Why?

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