I think there is lot of misunderstanding and anxiety about the Assisted Dying Bill, and I wish we could keep religious doctrine out of the discussion. There is absolutely no reason why a non Catholic person cannot have his/her choice about what to do at the end of life. And - I have talked with Catholics who said they would welcome the choice, also. Please, everyone, read the Bill carefully, and give the right of choice to the individual who could be in unbearable pain. There are many safeguards in the bill to prevent what people are worrying about, so it is imperative that one read the whole Bill before deciding.
You need only do minimal research to see that in countries where AS is legal, non-terminally ill persons are routinely murdered because they cannot speak for themselves and their "guardians" have convinced the medicos that their loved ones "would not want to go on that way". The old, the burdensome - gone, under the subterfuge of "compassion"...
Amazing the lack of understanding of this law. The Doctor cannot just choose to terminate the patient. It is the terminally ill patient’s choice. My life, my choice and yes I do believe in God! If you take the Bible literally shame on you!
It is a violation of medical ethics to help a patient kill himself, or to hasten his death. In nearly all cases, the cause of pain is the medical treatment, not the disease, so failure to control pain and to treat for depression are examples of medical malpractice. If a doctor kills, his judgment becomes warped, and the rest of us who go to him after he kills will be adversely affected. There is a strong financial interest in most cases, in getting disabled and very sick people to end their lives early. A person who is suffering or weak is very vulnerable to pressure. Euthanasia is the beginning of the slippery slope that led to the Holocaust. Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. If this law passes, I will not visit Connecticut under any circumstances, until the law is repeated, and maybe not then because of the corruption of the medical profession. What if I need medical help while I am there? I can't take a chance. I suspect a lot of people agree with me. I have seen how a terminal illness can cause a person not to want to be a burden. That doesn't mean he wants to be killed. He will feel an obligation. Human life is sacred. Only God has a right to decide when people's lives are over.
In replying to several comments, Aid-In-Dying is NOT suicide. Suicidal people choose not to live. Terminally ill patients would prefer not to die, but their disease is killing them. They want the CHOICE of Aid-In-Dying when their pain becomes unbearable.
Children are exempt; one must be 18.
Catholics and a few other religious groups should not try to impose their beliefs on those of us with different beliefs. Under this bill, each of us would have the CHOICE to make that decision for himself. What has happened to SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!!!
I've watched my husband and daughter die agonizing deaths and it's not pretty. I pray for a day when we all have a CHOICE of a peaceful death.
Palliative care does not help everyone, so this is another CHOICE.
A physician can give a patient morphine as long as his intention is to relieve pain and not to kill the patient. There are lots of pain control specialists and psychotherapists who can give relief without death..
I have the right to decide on my own life and death. If I wanted to end my time, I know that having the drug available would give me comfort. I so hope this bill is passed.
To those who believe this is suicide or sinful: Please feel free to not use the right this law would provide, but don't impose your beliefs on others who believe differently. To those who worry about someone being pushed into this: the law requires that the dying person makes two requests plus one in writing witnessed by two people at least one of whom has no financial interest in the person's death. The person's doctor can challenge the patient's intention and request a psychiatric exam. The dying patient must take the medication themselves without help. The experience in the states where this is already legal show that patients choose this willingly. Many who request and obtain the prescription end up never taking it--just having it gives them the comfort of knowing they can take it if things get too rough. The use of hospice and palliative care are higher in these states as well. The point behind "My Life, My Death, My Choice" is that this is a personal choice that should be up to the individual. Nobody else. And nobody else has the right to tell another person what to believe. You don't want to do it--don't. Your life, your death, your choice.
My Life, My Death, My choice.
Life and death is in God's hands. I live in constant pain daily but I believe that taking one's own life to end their suffering is suicide which is against God's will.
From what I understand, the bill is to allow physician assisted dying if the patient has a terminal illness and less than six months to live. How can you tell how long someone has left. I know of people who were given a limited time to live and went on for two or more years. With all the medical advancements and studies constantly going on, I don't understand how someone can put a time limit on someone's life.
It looks like the pro-abortion people are supporting this and using almost the same word.
WTNH your poll is not accurate a person could vote more than once on the poll.
I am sure doctors already over medicate people who are dying. When someone is medicated for pain it can also slow down their breathing. We don't need doctors who can kill legally.
THOU SHALT NOT KILL GOD GAVE LIFE AND ONLY HE CAN TAKE IT AWAY. IT IS A SIN TO KILL OR TAKE A LIFE YOU WILL ALWAYS DIE WITH DIGNITY NO MATTER WHAT!
As a nurse...It's my job to do whatever I can for the one(s) I am caring for. It's very difficult to see someone in pain/suffering on a day to day basis. I can understand people who would want to end their life, as they choose, when they choose, instead of allowing themselves to suffer until the disease takes their life. My concern would be for those people, who are strong armed, made to feel guilty because their illness/treatment is putting the family into dire financial ruin. What about people in this situation? Who would look out for them? There are also cultural factors that should be thought of. Some cultures, the man of the house makes the rules and whatever they say...goes. What if that household has a member of their family, who is told by the family doctor, their condition is terminal? Maybe the individual that is sick doesn't want to have their life ended in this manner, but the culture demands they have no say in the matter? What then? Who will make certain this will not happen? What about the elderly gentleman, who might suffer from some mild dementia? Will he be considered able to make his own decision? Will the doctor deem him unable to follow this thought process through to make up his own mind? Who decides then? What about a terminal child? The child is not considered old enough to make his/her mind up on their medical treatment. Would the parents decide this for the child? I have so many questions before I can say 100% that this is a good idea. I will leave you with this...I love and have loved each of our pets over the years. I have also had to make the hard decision to, "put them down." But, I cannot begin to compare the two (human versus beloved pet) as being one in the same.