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Originally posted by Aleister
Calling it what it is: murder. These people don't die from not eating, they are killed by dehydration. Their families should be taking these people out of the hospital, hydrating them, and letting them die naturally or with a little morphine help from a friendly doctor. To subject them to this horror at the end of a long line of suffering is cruel, inhumane, and frees up the beds for the next corpse-in-waiting.
Good thread, thanks for putting this important subject before ATS.
It should be stressed that, in the United States, an advance directive or living will is not sufficient to ensure a patient is treated under the DNR protocol, even if it is his wish, as neither an advance directive nor a living will is a legally binding document. It is also the case that the wishes expressed in an advance directive or living will are not binding.
reply to post by dominicus
Well if Obamacare is put into full effect, I'm sure we will have this same type of deal in the States. Death panels, premies killed if under a certain weight like in UK, rapid onslaught of death to those with slim chances of recovery.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
60...ahem...Thousand?? I cannot grasp the logic to justify this. There are people sitting in prison right now in our nation and will be there for life. They've killed maybe 1 or 2 people. The worst serial killers? Maybe a couple dozen that I know of for U.S. "records". 60,000? I guess when the numbers become that large, they aren't lives anymore. They're statistics.
You know what always leaves me with a burning curiosity? These people who talk up the barbaric "protocol" I've heard described here? How content and accepting will they be when that day comes that they are told it's their turn to die from a lack of food and water? I wonder...will they be as stoic in their own fate as they seem to be in sending so many others? Somehow I rather doubt that'll be the case but who knows. They may be that cold, even to themselves?
Originally posted by BMorris
However you choose to spin it, the withdrawal of food and water is murder.
I, for the first time in my life, am ashamed to be British.