Euthanasia, right to assisted suicide, physician assisted suicides, cessation of care and sedation...
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Many of you have may be familiar with the Washington v Glucksberg case where the Supreme Court left the matter of constitutionality of a right to physician-assisted suicide to the states. This case and others have made advancements in the legal rights of patients, or guardians, to practice voluntary passive euthanasia.
By the end of September 2019, physician-assisted suicide will be legal in the District of Columbia and nine US states: Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Montana and California.
While each state varies to some degree in the laws governing physician-assisted suicide, in general, a patient must have a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live, and the method used involves a prescription from a licensed physician approved by the state in which the patient is a resident.
The topic of euthanasia raises ethical questions and brings about concerns regarding the right of patients to decide when and how to end their life. We will soon launch a survey on this subject, in order to gather your opinions on this subject. The results will be shared in an article published in the Health Magazine.
In the meantime, we are creating a discussion on this topic to give you the opportunity to give your opinion and discuss with other patients. Join this discussion and discuss it together!
Do you agree that physician-assisted suicide should be left up to the states? Do you think more states should legalize physician-assisted suicide?
Do you believe that physicians should not face criminal charges for facilitating patients’ wishes to end their life?
Have you ever thought about this for yourself or someone close to you?
I believe people who have less than 6 months due to a terminal illness absolutely have the right to decide how they want to proceed and the options that are available to them. If it is against the family's religion then a pastor or priest should be brought in immediately and they go from there.
I am moved to Montana several years ago Because they say they are right to die state I have stage four cancer I am terminal this is why I moved here but to find a physician in the Bible belt to do it is impossible very disappointing and I don’t know how to fight this anybody know
I have always been a fighter it is stage four cancer breast cancer is something I can’t control so for me the right to die I would prefer to kill it before it kills me it would make me feel like I won the war.I have been fighting this for 10 years I’m getting tired and very disappointed in Montana
I am if the opinion that our higher power decided when we should be born. Therefore, no matter the amount of pain I am suffering, please let my God take me to my next journey! The doctor(s) can make me comfortable as possible. However, please allow my Lord and Savior to take me in my Lord’s “Great Time”! I love the Lord and I know the Lord loves me! I trust in that wisdom for me to move to my next station!
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My body, my choice. I have Advance Directives outlining my desires regarding euthanasia/assisted suicide, including signed and notarized statements by the family members who will be in charge of carrying out my desires attesting to the fact that they will do so. Those directives include the statement that if I am in a medical facility and/or being treated by medical personnel who, for religious or any other reasons, will not carry out my orders then I am to be transferred to a facility with personnel who will will abide by my wishes.
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Judith A Carlson
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