Assisted Suicide, Should it be Legal?

Now usually on my blog I try to keep things fun, or tasty (all those recipes I post).  On occasion I will rant about something that has just pissed me off enough that I’ve had to write about it, but generally it’s just fun stuff.  Today however I read and article on yahoo news about how Stephen Hawkings believes that assisted suicide should be legal everywhere, and frankly I agree with him.


Here is the article if you’d like to read it for yourself.

Now let me state that I know if you believe in God then you know committing suicide will damn you to an eternity in hell.  I also know that I personally could never do it myself simply because I fear hell too much, but.. and this is a big but!  I don’t live in such a state of pain and misery every day that I would consider this, so I can’t imagine what it is like.  I have daily pains, I have a bulging disk in my neck and frozen shoulder on the same side.  There are days where I am miserable, almost in tears because of the pain but it’s never so bad that I think I wish I could just end it all.  I have days were my depression and anxiety hits me so hard that sometimes I “think” it would be nice to just lay down and go to sleep and never wake up, but again I could not do it.

Saying all of that, I will never judge or damn anyone who lives in such intense misery and pain that they have made the choice to end it all.  I will simply pray for them and hope that God will be understanding of their decision.  I would like to see this become legal so that it can be done in such a way that is peaceful for the patient and their family members.  I think if you really thought about it you would agree that it would be so much better for someone to be in their own home, in their own bed, surrounded by family and friends, or alone if that’s what they preferred, hooked up to a machine that would give them enough medicine to stop their heart and their pain.  The alternative is someone trying to do it themselves.  Have you ever seen someone overdose on drugs?  I have, and it’s not pretty.  What about a gunshot wound to the head?  I’m sure the mess from that is pretty horrendous not to mention if they don’t do it correctly then they either spend months/years trying to recover from it or their last minutes/days are in a hospital connected to life support and in surgeries costing them and their family thousands of dollars.  If you stop to think about all the possible ways they could end their lives on their own and how many thousands of ways that could go wrong compared to doing it with a medical professional, then why would you ever not want to legalize this?

This is just my thoughts and opinions and I’m sure all of you have your own.  I’d like to hear what your thoughts on it are.


6 thoughts on “Assisted Suicide, Should it be Legal?

  1. I am all for assisted-suicide and its a damn shame that Dr Kevorkian was sent away. He was saving family’s tons of money by not having the sick stay in a hospital where they are on life support and the hospital is just draining the bank account.

    We put animals down so they do not suffer and with all the animal protection laws out there today, I am suprised that is not illegal but it is lega and it is the human thing to do.

    I am not a god-fearing person. If I was that depressed I wouldn’t even care if I went to hell. Hell could be fun!

    • yeah.. I’ll never understand how we have so many things put in place to make our animals and our criminals so much more comfortable in life and death.. but someone who is terminal and doesn’t want to live anymore we force them to live and suffer. I just don’t get it.

  2. I dislike assisted suicide. Some places in our world. People with small chances of surviving. They are assisted with a quick death. I don’t know. Who would chose life over death? Would it be fair? This is a hard topic. I believe we should treat the person with care and kindness. There are still miracles and chances of cures.

    • There are always chances for a cure, but I think if someone is end stage with some illness, the chance of cure actually working is too slim to even consider it. For me personally, I couldn’t do it but I don’t want to stop someone if that is what they truly want to do. I would like to be able to make their final wishes come true.

  3. When my sister was dying from pancreatic cancer a few years ago, she was deteriorating before our eyes, she suffered tests and many surgeries, and was told she had only months to live. Once she entered hospice at 63 years old, with no chance of a cure, I remember the talk we had about this very subject. She was suffering daily, and the hardship of all her family out of state, she said she understood the desire and need to have assisted suicide, and wished she could have it. She lasted 31/2 months in hospice, and to watch her waste away day by day, and us unable to help her was heart wrenching.

    • My mother died a slow death from colon cancer, sadly I lived too far away to see her final days. My mother in law (at the time) had lung cancer at the same time my mom had her cancer.. I watched her slowly fade to nothing. She had bed sores and didn’t eat. It was heart breaking to watch. I feel your pain.

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