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Yaeger J
Be Part Of The Solution, And Not The Problem.
12:11 PM on 07/02/2013
When will the United States follow suit in euthanasia?
12:03 PM on 07/02/2013
It should be the right of any individual to do so.
Antisthenes Diogenes
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12:00 PM on 07/02/2013
It is a small start by France to catch up with Switzerland's effort in reducing the 7+billion overpopulation of Earth. However, the American method of suicide by handgun gets much higher numbers consistently every year.
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Scott Martini
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12:08 PM on 07/02/2013
Give it time. Without significant incident the world population will be at 14 billion by 2042 (assuming no change to our r-value). I'm not certain I'll still be alive to see this but I'm interested in hearing the conversations we'll be having about what gives human life value when the extra hands can't feed the extra mouths.
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01:24 PM on 07/02/2013
You may want to go back and do the math again, we are projected to be at about 9.2 billion by 2042.
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commofreq
Guns determine who's left. Not who's right.
12:11 PM on 07/02/2013
I suppose it's only the French that feel the need to ask for permission to commit suicide.
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11:58 AM on 07/02/2013
The Oregon assisted suicide law has been on the books for over 15 years. It it also approved by SCOTUS.
01:32 PM on 07/02/2013
Yep. In fact, one of the doctors who helped craft the original legislation said at the time, "I don't want to go out with a whimper. I want to say goodbye to my kids and my wife with dignity. And I would end it. Damn right." As it so happened, some 15 or so years later, he did, due to the degenerative disease that was taking him.
11:54 AM on 07/02/2013
When trying to convince someone that euthanasia can be the right decision to make and should be legal, I have found success by asking one question. Why would you be against affording human beings, including your loved ones, the same courtesy that you and the rest of society afford to pets? That question usually stops them in their tracks and you can see the wheels turning as they ponder it.
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Scott Martini
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12:10 PM on 07/02/2013
Pets are animals and they don't have souls.

(testing Poe's law yet again)
12:15 PM on 07/02/2013
What does a soul have to do with assisted suicide, please?
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ScottLAN
12:20 PM on 07/02/2013
how do you know that pets don't have souls? we humans are animals just like all of the other animals on this planet.
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mjclear
11:48 AM on 07/02/2013
Population growth in the U.S will have increased by 42% by 2050. one in four will be age 65 or older. That comes out to over 100 million old people.

We now have the technology to keep people alive far beyond their productive years, and indeed, often beyond the limits of their own comfort. Our rest homes are filled with human beings for whom even the most basic abilities ( feeding, dressing, toileting themselves) are impossible.

I am currently 62. When I no longer have a good quality of life, I want to exit gracefully and not be a burden to society, to my family, or to myself. I have no illusions: the world will be a better place if it does not use its resources and energy to keep me "alive" when I am no longer living a productive life.

Its time we all stopped trying to live beyond our natural life spans and accepted that we are finite, mortal, and meant to leave and make room for new generations. As usual, the French know how to live life properly.
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Skyseeker1
HUMANS - How many are enough?
05:17 PM on 07/02/2013
Skyseeker1 < same age same philosophy. Since I don't live in either Washington , Oregon , Vermont , Montana or France , I am compelled to keep a small rusty handgun in the house.

F&F
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jymfrancais
Vieux motard que Jamais.
11:48 AM on 07/02/2013
Just do a Referendum and let the People decide, this is how a Society matures and grow, by letting the People make their own choices, even if sometimes they can be "wrong", its the only way to learn.You can always change it.
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Monrocsol
Bible is a fairy tale book
01:21 PM on 07/02/2013
But if you do a referendum, majority wins and it would deny others. Just let whomever want it, get it.
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Summer77
11:47 AM on 07/02/2013
Hospitals and Doctors will be peed off at this one, They love keeping you alive so that then they can take your house when your family can pay the bills! I'm all for it, If I don't want to be a burden on my family or leave them broke which is more likely then not in todays world, I should be allowed to say enough end it already!
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xeronius
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11:41 AM on 07/02/2013
Another way France will be ahead of us soon. It is inhumane to make people suffer if they don't want to and the slippery slope arguments regarding this are just as weak as they are with marriage equality. This isn't a licence to murder old folks and cancer patients. It is a mercy for people who need it. WWJD? Probably not make people suffer both physically and financially like is considered the "moral" choice today.
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iridium53
Semper Fi
11:37 AM on 07/02/2013
The Catholic Church is going to resist this!

Actually giving liberty to individuals to decide their own fate at the end of their life instead being forced by the Church and the Government acting on behalf of the Church to do as they wish?

Power of the Church slipping away?
To the liberty of the individual?

The Catholic Church will resist this challenge to the priests power.
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Zurichilux
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11:19 AM on 07/02/2013
This should never have been illegal in the first place. No one has the right to say if someone else should live or not.
Antisthenes Diogenes
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11:59 AM on 07/02/2013
"No one has the right to say if someone else should live or not."

Tell that to the Republicans
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12:16 PM on 07/02/2013
It would not be someone else....it would be the person dying making that decision with their family. Nobody is forced into this decision.
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Zurichilux
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03:47 AM on 07/03/2013
You didn't read my comment did you?
11:14 AM on 07/02/2013
How wonderful, a country that chooses to allow people to pass in dignity... what a concept... maybe one day the U.S. will think as openly and thoughtfully as the French.
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oregondaisy
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11:40 AM on 07/02/2013
Here in Oregon, we do.
11:43 AM on 07/02/2013
Thank you, I did not know. It is the right thing.
PROGRESSISGOOD
Without Economic Justice, There Is No Justice!
11:12 AM on 07/02/2013
If you don't have the freedom to choose to end your own life then you really are not free while you are living that life.....
11:12 AM on 07/02/2013
Seems like nobody wants to talk about death,like it won't happen to them.Well it does,and some times very painfully,for an extended time,doing no harm also means not letting the patient suffer,we aren't extending life,we're prolonging death,which will happen one way or another so it's only the delivery of the inevitable that is argued.