posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 08:17 PM
This is something I have firsthand experience with so I figured I'd post my opinion.
My wife's mother had a treatable form of MS. She was on medications which made her easily depressed and suicidal. The 'medical experts' in this
group felt that her condition qualified for assisted suicide. It was, incidentally, the same group listed here.
So you have people, whose basic qualification is literally that you have an 'intolerable' condition. Not terminal. Not excruciatingly painful.
Just... intolerable. They then take 50 dollars from you and send you a bag and a helium bottle. They then TALK YOU THROUGH the process - thus
getting you to go the full way when perhaps you might have a second chance. In the end, I cannot see much of what they are doing as anything but ugly
profiteering on people who, perhaps in a moment of weakness, commit to a permanent decision.
These people irrevocably changed my wife's life. She had an argument with her mother, then got a phone call a day later as her mom committed suicide
effectively out of spite. Her god-mother found the body. I have seen similar opinions that 'people in terminal conditions should be allowed to
die'. Perhaps. But what about people in non-terminal conditions? What about people who are just messed up because of the meds they are taking and
are depressed? Is that good enough for assisted suicide?
After several years my wife finally made progress in forgiving her mother and herself for what happened, but this was something that caused her to go
on medications and consider suicide herself.
It's amazing how far reaching the implications of one person's choice can go. And should these people be liable? I believe so - they provided the
kit, the knowledge, and a counselor to walk her through the process.
One could say there are bigger fish to fry, but let's not forget that people commit suicide every day because of financial circumstances, loss of
house, job, wife, or whatever. Do we really need people helping them do it? How would you feel if you came over to a family member's house to find
them face down with a bag over their face because they had succumbed to suicidal depression?