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We should be able to choose when we die
Member Name: chuck b
Date: 16/08/01, updated on 16/08/01 (109 review reads)
Advantages: people get to die with dignity, a painless death
Disadvantages: illegal in some countries
If someone is termanally ill nad they have no chance of surviving I think they should be able to choose when and where they die instead of letting a disease decide. If someone is termanally ill they should be able to die without pain or suffering.
Some people are ill and don't have access pain relief. They maybe too unwell to care for themselves or even be able to end their lives whether or not they want to. It is these people who should have a choice about when they want their life to end. But those who want to end their lives quietly should be well enough to make the desision thereselves. They should be in a fit state to make the desision, if they aren't then you could never know whether ot not they really wanted to.
In some countries they allow this and have no objection to people ending their lives and they can't really stop people doing that in this country but if someone else ends a life for the dying person they can face a charge of murder. I know a lot of people who have suffered and died from cancer or other life threatening diseases and they didn't end their lives and had to live the pain of the last few months of their lives. I think that something should be done to help those who have no way out by themselves.
Television has dealt with issues a lot. For example Dot and Ethel on Eastenders. Ethel was a cancer sufferer and was very ill, she wanted dot to end her life for her so she wouldn't have to go through the pain and so she could die with dignity. At first Dot objected to this but then she realised it was what Ethel wanted. Ethel wasn't well enough to do it herself so Dot made a desision and helped Ethel. The BBC handled this issue very well and showed that there are those who want to end their lives but aren't well enough to do so.
I agree with pippin200 when he/she says that people should get to choose when they die as long as they are of sound mind.
This is my personal opinion a
nd if you have any comments feel free to tell me.