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Quandaries of Adulthood: Should We All Have A Right-To-Die?

Like abortion, the decision to end one’s life – or to help someone else do so – naturally brings up questions of ethics, religion,...

Like abortion, the decision to end one’s life – or to help someone else do so – naturally brings up questions of ethics, religion, privacy and choice. It’s a complicated question and there are lots of compelling reasons why assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia shouldn’t be legalized as a matter of public policy.

But as someone who watched my father live – artificially – on a breathing tube earlier this year, it’s also a very personal decision.

Two harrowing cases have just brought this issue back to life – so to speak – in the U.K.

Today I’m over on PoliticsDaily.com talking about those cases and my own personal views on this topic.

Have a look

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  1. Joe November 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Having provided the care, 24×7, for two dying parents, I favor having this choice.
    They took months to years, as the quality of their life decreased daily.
    Their religion answered the question for them, but I refuse to go through the same thing.

  2. delialloyd November 5, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Yes, I couldn’t agree more, Joe. Thanks for weighing in.

  3. daryl boylan November 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    The critical point: do people have the right to make their own end of life choices for themselves or those close to them in accordance with their own beliefs — or must these choices be dictated by those with other beliefs who can command 51% of legislative decisions?

  4. Andreas Moser November 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    I don’t see why people view suicide as something negative or a failure: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/world-suicide-prevention-day-on-10-september/

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