The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

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    The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    Voters in Massachusetts will be presented with a different kind of question with regards to life and choice. Massachusetts voters will be asked if they believe that a person suffering from a terminal illness has "right to die"..in this case a right to die with dignity and as a choice.

    If this law were to pass..then a physician would be able to prescribe medication to a patient that is specifically intended to end that persons life. A sort of assisted suicide that harkens back to the Kevorkian days.

    Years ago, I would have been wholeheartedly opposed to this bill..but experiences over the last few years have somewhat changed my view. Today..in reading the text of the bill, I am satisfied that there are enough safeguards in effect to protect against abuse.

    As much as I believe in the sanctity of life..I need to remain consistent in my position that people have a right to control what happens to their body.

    The entire bill..as well as the summaries and the arguments can be found here.

    http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/quest_2.htm

     

    What say you?

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    With safeguards in place; I support this law. As someone deserves the option to say when enough is enough and die with a shred of dignity.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    Definitely voting "NO" on this.

    It is a short ride from government allowing this to government dictating this.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    Definitely voting "NO" on this.

    It is a short ride from government allowing this to government dictating this.

     




    Government allowing this...interesting take from someone with "conservative" principals that you'd see it being an instance where the govt would allow someone to take their own life.  This question is all about keeping govt off ones back.  Not allowing one to do what they see fit to do with their own life, and in the process not infringing on anyone else's, is the ultimate case of nanny statism.

     
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    In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:

     

    I am definitely voting for this.

     

    This is only for people who are too sick and disabled to do it in some other way. There are safeguards. Even if there weren't, I have a hard time seeing any real risk that people who aren't terminally ill will commit suicide where they wouldn't have otherwise. It takes even less effort to go get a bottle of tylenol PM than it would to go through the process of getting this from a doctor/hospital. So that takes care of one of the main counter-arguments I've heard.

     

    I see absolutely no reason - and I think it morally reprehensible - to force someone to suffer for a few extra weeks or months if they don't want to. Hence, I have always thought it particularly vile for people to say to a dying person: Your life is sacred according to me, so I will do everything I can to stop you from ending your suffering now. For me, that takes care of the other main counter-argument I've heard.

     

    I reject any argument coming out of organized religion, so that's not a concern for me.

     

    Add on top my own additional reason: The absence of laws such as this simply leads spouses and children to send themselves to jail for the rest of their lives, in order to help someone out of their misery. That, or needless suffering.

     

     




    Great argument for a "yes" vote. I hadn't thought about the family members who face consequences for helping their family members.

     
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    In response to sshore123's comment:

     

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    Definitely voting "NO" on this.

    It is a short ride from government allowing this to government dictating this.

     




    Government allowing this...interesting take from someone with "conservative" principals that you'd see it being an instance where the govt would allow someone to take their own life.  This question is all about keeping govt off ones back.  Not allowing one to do what they see fit to do with their own life, and in the process not infringing on anyone else's, is the ultimate case of nanny statism.

     




    I think Skeeter is entitled to his opinion..I just wish he based them in reality.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    Definitely voting "NO" on this.

    It is a short ride from government allowing this to government dictating this.

     




    I thought you supported individual rights free from government intervention...  Oh. I forgot, you don't if they conflict with your personal religious point of view.  Then it is O.K. to have government control your actions.  Thanks for the reminder of your hypocrisy.  "The government allows"...so... the government gives you rights...so... the government has the power...so... the individual doesn't. That is a short ride of logic based on your view.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

     

    Definitely voting "NO" on this.

    It is a short ride from government allowing this to government dictating this.

     



    You are truly crazy.  

    You don't want to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of a drug to someone in extreme pain, with no hope of recovery, because it might lead to forced euthanasia.  You don't to let people end their suffering a couple of days early because of your fear of the government.

    Do yourself a favor and put on your favorite aluminum lined hat and get yourself down to Macleans.

     
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    In response to Newtster's comment:

     

     

    Of course the opposite of this holds true - that if  you want to extend your life regardless of the circumstances and the cost, you should be allowed to do so as long as you pay for it either out of pocket or through insurance. 

     

     

     




    Insurance has caps..so basically what you are saying is that only people rich enough to afford it should have the ability to extend their life?

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    Yes vote from me.

    I knew a Death with Dignity guy who did himself in when he entered the early stages of Alzheimers. He did not want his family to suffer nor did he want to lose all memory of them.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

       If you've ever worked in healthcare and have observed the suffering that goes on with terminally ill patients that can no longer articulate what they want regarding treatment, you'll have no problem voting YES.

     
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    I am undecided. You all make some good points but should anyone have the right to play God? It goes against everything the Catholic Church teaches.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    In response to WhichOnesPink2's comment:

     

    In response to FaolanofEssex's comment:

     

    I am undecided. You all make some good points but should anyone have the right to play God? It goes against everything the Catholic Church teaches.

     



    Have you ever witnessed a loved one suffering dying from cancer? Fcuk the catholic church. 

     




    In fact, I have. It doesn't change my faith. Sorry.

     
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    Re: The RIght to End Life- Ballot Question #2

    In response to FaolanofEssex's comment:

    In response to WhichOnesPink2's comment:

     

    In response to FaolanofEssex's comment:

     

    I am undecided. You all make some good points but should anyone have the right to play God? It goes against everything the Catholic Church teaches.

     



    Have you ever witnessed a loved one suffering dying from cancer? Fcuk the catholic church. 

     




    In fact, I have. It doesn't change my faith. Sorry.

     



    It's not about faith.  It's about imposing your beliefs on other people.  Why can't people be allowed to make their own decisions?

     
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