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AB Editor | 12:47 Fri 17th Jun 2011 | Society & Culture
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Should "The Right To Die" be a universal human right?

  • Yes - 217 votes
  • 89%
  • No - 27 votes
  • 11%

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i think the right to live or die exists with one person only, and thats yourself...the government should not be able to rule against someone who dearly wants to die.

as stated, it would need very strict and thorough procedures in place to ensure its is done correctly...

other countries do it and it generally seems to work out well for all involved.

killing yourself, and leaving your family to find your body or simply going missing, or involving a stranger (car accident etc) is extremely selfish, and so is expecting them to administer a fatal dose of somehthing or suffocate is unfair and can destroy the lifes of innocent people... so i think to stop this, it should seriously be considered...

i for one, would assist in a suicide if i believed a loved one had simply suffered enough, but it would scar me for life and possible put me in prison...
many people who attempt suicide don't want to die, that well worn phrase a cry for help really does ring true. Unless you have been in that situation yourself, you won't know. A number of friends of mine have committed suicide, and only one of those i am sure truly wanted to go. I was very young when i first considered ending it all, teenage confusion, and a lot of family strife, and if i had the option of going to a clinic and doing it, would that have been right, no it wouldn't, like many i just needed help and support. That's why we have people like the Samaritans, and counselling to help people get through the pain.
If ever it become legal in Britain, i don't want to be here to witness it.
I am not sure if anyone has looked at it this way, does any one of us need permission for the right to live ? When we are born we come into this world because of the union of two people as we grow we are conscious of our individual right to take charge of our own destiny, who therefore has the right to tell us when our time should be up, hopefully the majority of us will live our lives & die naturally when our time comes but in my humble opinion we should have the right if we so wish to decide our own fate. Ron.
i want to decide mine, not have my mind go and then have a relative be given the legal right for me to be given a fatal dose, taking the choice out of my hands.
Clanad is right, sorry but if it becomes law then so be it. But i wouldn't assist anyone, not in a million years.
pa___ul3 Yes, if it was permitted legally I could do it, and I would do it in the right circumstances without a shadow of a doubt, but it would have to be someone I knew personally I think. I'm not sure I could do it for someone I didn't know, I would need to know in my own mind that I was doing it for the right reasons and in that persons "best interest"

I'm sure I would think about it till my dying day but certainly not regret it, I think it would be with pride that I had the courage to help a fellow human that was suffering or about to suffer intolerably.
it depends on the circumstances of the individual.
I wonder how many people on here have seen members of their family suffer as I have. then yes would be the answer.
Its then the question becomes relevant to the person who experiences the situation.
There is a very thin line to be drawn between the right to die and the right to kill.
Mike 11111, you are right, a very thin line, and if its becomes law in Britain, then i hope those in favour are not put in a position where you have to make that decision to end someone's life. I couldn't for someone i loved, but someone else did, and it was the on duty doctor who put that into place.
I agree Mike, this is why I wrote what I did up there^^^ I would need to know that person very well and know it is what they wanted if they were no longer in a position to tell me. Putting that within a legal frame work would be almost impossible I imagine.

It would need to be in a living will alongside the DNAR.
If people can't be bothered to read through what has been written, it's hardly surprisingly that it is difficult to have a proper grown-up conversation about this....

All sensible people would wish that there was suitable legislation to ensure that 'the right to die' did not become 'the right to kill'.
whiskeryron >> When we are born we come into this world because of the union of two people as we grow we are conscious of our individual right <<

i think that was before the invention of the test tube
I think this discussion shows that the circumstances are many and varied and that no legal text could cover them all. As others have said, right to die will almost certainly become obligation to die or even right to kill in some circumstances. On balance we should stop trying to frame an unframeable law and use the increasingly less common, common sense.
Unless we can stop with the red herrings, canards, obfustication and other trite dogma that prevents this issue *ever* being sensibly discussed..........!

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