Do you think suicide should be legal? Now, obviously if someone is going to off themselves, the fact that they might get a ticket if they fail probably doesn't cross their minds.
I'm talking about suicide if you know you are going to die: if you are very old or very ill and your quality of life is severely compromised with no option for improvement. Shouldn't a person be allowed to decide for him or herself that they are ready to go?
David and I watched a movie the other night, "Savages", in which a son and daughter deal with their father's old age and dementia. It was a very depressing movie (don't ask WHY we thought it would be funny and quirky, but we were wrong!) but it did get us talking.
Why, if it is completely the patient's wish to end his or her life, should the doctors and/or family not be legally allowed to carry out that person's wishes? Now, obviously the person should be of sound-mind in order to make such a request, and it should be regulated and carried out by a licenses physician. But imagine how many people are in nursing homes or hospice care, knowing that they are dying and wishing they could avoid all the pain and loss of dignity that comes with having to be cared for 24 hours a day. I would HATE to get to that point, and I would insist that David help me end my life. He says the same thing; so we have an agreement.
What do you think?