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  • Suicide is up to the individual. +3
  • i take a neutral stance too who am i to judge?
  • I think it is progress - for a very long time we have treated animals with more dignity than people at the end of their lives. I am not saying that we should ever reach a stage where you can walk into a hospital and say "I am feeling really depressed please help me end it!" But when someone has been suffering from a lengthy illness, has poor quality of life and no chance of recovery - I think it is right that they should have a choice of when they die.
  • Nurses have probably seen horrible cases of people dying slow miserable deaths by drowning in their own juices because to help the person avoid it would be "inhumane." Neutral is far less judgmental.
  • If it has dropped opposition, but not advocated *for* the practice, wouldn't that mean that it *has* adopted a neutral stance? Ummm. ..the above was my original answer. Hence, Phillis's comment. My apologies. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay then. . .I think that it's a good thing that they dropped their opposition IF there are clear-cut rules/laws regarding the circumstances under which this can take place. If they are influential in the debate it would add emphasis to the idea that healing professions are not omnipotent and that sometimes it is better to allow someone to die with dignity. Prolonging suffering needlessly for any reason is bitterly cruel.
  • I think your grammar is questionable. . Oh and about euthanasia, about damned time. Everyone would do t for a pet, but somehow humans don't warrant such "respect." BS! I say.
  • I think that's an positive change. Certainly Doctors should continue to hold "Do no harm" as a prime directive, but when to end ones life is an individual decision. There are many who should properly be talked out of it, but some facing near-certain death and crushing end-of-life medical costs might be making a perfectly rational decision when they decide to skip the pain, suffering and bankrupting costs.
  • There should be a unique branch of nurses who can answer questions and help those who have decided to commit suicide. Government legislation should be in place to stop them being prosecuted. Those who have taken the Hippocratic Oath or have moral objections, should not have to do it.
  • I think it's about damn time. Slowly, we're getting to the point that we can objectively see that prolonging agony is (an unintended) torture. +5
  • Having just taken a medical ethics class, I say that is great!
  • Wonderful. Better late than never.
  • I don't know what the feeling is about assisted suicide in the UK, but if it's like the US, there is a lot of controversy. A lot of people in the US are opposed to it period. I think that as long as the person is terminally ill and would die a painful or prolonged death, if the person would rather get it over with, why not.

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