Why should people suffer?

TO all who are against assisted dying, I would like to comment on the following.

While condemning the right to end the suffering of your fellow men/women, you forget the atrocities committed by the Church in the past. Many innocent men and women were tortured, burned at the stake, drowned in duck ponds in the name of religion. You may argue that the atrocities were committed by the misguided and foolish. We are now more enlightened, are you? You reap the benefits of a democracy earned by your fellow men and women who laid down their lives to defend our country. You insist that it is wrong to kill. I agree it is wrong unless there are special circumstances, such as defence of the realm or mercy to end the suffering of those in pain. In my opinion you are God- fearing and in your way, very nice people, but sadly out of touch with reality. To condemn those who suffer to a painful, lingering death is obscene. Drugs do not always dull the pain!

Mr B S Elliott, Church Street, Rogerstone

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4:08pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Not all people who are against assisted dying are those afraid of the imaginary sky guy! Rational people are against it too.
Not all people who are against assisted dying are those afraid of the imaginary sky guy! Rational people are against it too. Owain Vaughan
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9:22pm Wed 19 Sep 12

iandfox says...

Most against it are deluded by the church or faith but you are right there are,I would'nt call rational,people that have a misguided idea that they know best but until you have to walk in the shoes of someone who has stopped living their life and are now surviving because they are told to then they need to butt out.
Not everyone has the fortitude to want to carry on and just want piece.
Most against it are deluded by the church or faith but you are right there are,I would'nt call rational,people that have a misguided idea that they know best but until you have to walk in the shoes of someone who has stopped living their life and are now surviving because they are told to then they need to butt out. Not everyone has the fortitude to want to carry on and just want piece. iandfox
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12:18pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

The issue is who pulls the plug. Given the NHS and politics already prevents a lot of terminally ill patients receiving expensive medications to prolong life, they are already contributing to early death, who would then give these people the right to decide even further who lives or dies ? I understood the recent furore over the man 'trapped' inside his own body, but, he was coherent was NOT In a great deal of pain, just saw no way out of it. So 'terminating' his life via mercy-killing would have been for NON saving of pain reasons. This suggests if someone is greatly depressed with an non-terminal illness can just ask a GP to end it for them, a very grey area indeed. Problem is also, not even support is given to depressed people and the represent 1 in 4 of us, it would be legalised genocide.
The issue is who pulls the plug. Given the NHS and politics already prevents a lot of terminally ill patients receiving expensive medications to prolong life, they are already contributing to early death, who would then give these people the right to decide even further who lives or dies ? I understood the recent furore over the man 'trapped' inside his own body, but, he was coherent was NOT In a great deal of pain, just saw no way out of it. So 'terminating' his life via mercy-killing would have been for NON saving of pain reasons. This suggests if someone is greatly depressed with an non-terminal illness can just ask a GP to end it for them, a very grey area indeed. Problem is also, not even support is given to depressed people and the represent 1 in 4 of us, it would be legalised genocide. Mervyn James
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