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    (Original post by Drunk Punx)
    You do know what "terminal" means, right? In short, if someone tells you that you're terminal, you're ****ed. You can get a second, third, fourth, or fifty sixth opinion on your condition, but if everyone says that you're terminal and you show no signs of improving, you're a goner.

    I don't know about you, but I'd rather end my life with quiet dignity than slowly lose all control over my body before succumbing to a horrifically painful and drawn out death. It's my life, I'll end it if I want to. The government should have no say in that whatsoever.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't do away with the potential for it to be abused. Then again, life isn't for everyone. If you want to die, why not? I think that at least 1 medical professional should be consulted and a trip to the counsellors office planned before you're actually given the medical means to die (this excludes terminally ill people), but if you genuinely want to end your life then you may as well do so while maintaining your dignity instead of jumping in front of a train and turning a standard commute into a hassle for someone else (if someone wants to die that badly, they'll do themselves in without regard for whether it's legal or not).
    I meant "fewer people will die in any given period of time". That should have been obvious since everyone dies anyway eventually. But yeah, it was an error on my behalf.
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    (Original post by Chlorophile)
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    Personally, I'd rather die than get to the stage in life where you can't do anything for yourself.
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    (Original post by Drunk Punx)
    I don't know about you, but I'd rather end my life with quiet dignity than slowly lose all control over my body before succumbing to a horrifically painful and drawn out death. It's my life, I'll end it if I want to. The government should have no say in that whatsoever.
    Just out of interest - have any of you put in place an advance decision (living will) to try to make sure your wishes are taken into account if you end up in any of the common situations where they tend to apply?
    common statements

    I refuse ALL medical treatment or procedures/interventions aimed at prolonging or
    artificially sustaining my life in the event that any or all of the following occur:
    (A) I have an imminently life-threatening physical illness or condition from which there is
    little or no prospect of recovery (in the opinion of two appropriately qualified doctors);
    (B) I suffer serious impairment of the mind or brain with little or no prospect of recovery
    together with a physical need for life-sustaining treatment/interventions (in the
    opinion of two appropriately qualified doctors);
    (C) I am persistently unconscious and have been so for at least _____ weeks and there is
    little or no prospect of recovery (in the opinion of two appropriately qualified doctors).
    (D) I have been diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious
    state and have been so for at least ___ weeks and there is little or no prospect of
    recovery (in the opinion of two appropriately qualified doctors).
    You may choose statement E instead of, or in addition to, any of options A to D. See Guidance
    notes, Section 1 (E).
    (E) I wish to refuse medical treatments intended to prolong my life if I am in any of the
    following situations:


    It's a REALLY easy process to do (there's a pack here: http://compassionindying.org.uk/libr...decision-pack/ ), doesn't cost a penny and means you're much less likely to end up in the situation where assisted dying would be an issue.

    The whole point of the process of living wills is that you put them in place and on file when you're healthy (and ideally have these conversations and any thoughts you have on organ donation with your loved ones and next of kin so that they can advocate on your behalf and aren't pressured to make decisions without knowing your own wishes).

    This isn't really a post looking to debate, I'm just a horribly practical person and can't resist sharing info that might be useful to people.

    I just set up my will, power of attorney and advanced decision paperwork last year as part of a package and it always surprises me how few people with very strong opinions on assisted dying have actually taken the time to take up the rights they currently have to control their end of life care. [Plus of those 3 documents this one is a piece of piss to set up....power of attorney is by far the biggest pain in the arse I've ever come across].
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    What is stopping them from killing themselves currently?
    A significant portion of those who request Euthanasia are disabled....
 
 
 
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