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    Dying with dignity means different things to different people. Being kept alive on life support systems when they might technically be "brain dead" is not dying with dignity, especially if they are in a hospital charging thousands of dollars a day for that care. That's not dying with dignity.

    Okay, that's perhaps the extreme. Then we can step up from that point and go into the realm of lots of pain medicines and drugs. I've seen patients being kept alive but have no concept of their surroundings because they are continually being drugged. Care takers have to change their adult diapers and other things, but they are basically unaware in their drug induced state. Take away the drugs and yes they wake up but in excruciating pain. That's also not dying with dignity if the patient says, "just let me go".

    But some terminally ill patients can enjoy the last months of their lives being at home with family for their last days. Being with family at home for their last days is dying with dignity if that is their wish.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dying with dignity means different things to different people. Being kept alive on life support systems when they might technically be "brain dead" is not dying with dignity, especially if they are in a hospital charging thousands of dollars a day for that care. That's not dying with dignity.

    Okay, that's perhaps the extreme. Then we can step up from that point and go into the realm of lots of pain medicines and drugs. I've seen patients being kept alive but have no concept of their surroundings because they are continually being drugged. Care takers have to change their adult diapers and other things, but they are basically unaware in their drug induced state. Take away the drugs and yes they wake up but in excruciating pain. That's also not dying with dignity if the patient says, "just let me go".

    But some terminally ill patients can enjoy the last months of their lives being at home with family for their last days. Being with family at home for their last days is dying with dignity if that is their wish.

    Everything you said, I completely agree with.

    And let me be crystal clear on what I said earlier. Doctor-assisted suicide should be permitted in terminal patients...if the patient so desires it. If the patient does NOT desire it, then it should not be done...no matter how much anyone else involved may want it.

    I just believe it should be an option for terminal patients, should they choose it. It should NOT be offered, ever, to patients who are not terminal...and who can be helped and healed...and have hope of getting better.
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    Yes I fully agree; you'r body is your "own" you decide what to do with it. Not the government or church. No one asked you to drop in on this world as a baby; you don't know as an grown up "animal" what is good or bad in your life; you live in that body , no one else can change what is stored in your own brain. I only hope that you studied history, which will tell you plenty about about human behavior through the times; yes our "animal instinct" drives everything. It is just like in any "herd" the exceptions are banned from the herd. I 'm of the opinion that everything what lives has the right to live, as well should have the same pleasures and enjoyment as any other living thing. Ever adopted an lame duck or cat; they are the sweetest.