Right to die, how does CUK vote? Right to die, how does CUK vote?

View Poll Results: Do you support the right to die?

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    BBC News - Man takes up Tony Nicklinson right-to-die legal fight

    Wondered what esteemed (and less esteemed) CUKkers think about this issue? I imagine the majority would support his desire but let's have a poll.

    Personally, I am on the fence on this one though I don't take the stereotypical Christian view that "suicide is a mortal sin" or any guff like that.
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    In principle it’s a sound idea,

    My only concern would be for the venerable / vulnerable who could be manipulated in to saying that they want to go (so someone would get an inheritance I fear)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Jones View Post
    In principle it’s a sound idea,

    My only concern would be for the venerable / vulnerable who could be manipulated in to saying that they want to go (so someone would get an inheritance I fear)
    That could happen and possibly does happen already, without 'right to die' legislation. It probably just happens in a less humane fashion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Jones View Post
    In principle it’s a sound idea,

    My only concern would be for the venerable / vulnerable who could be manipulated in to saying that they want to go (so someone would get an inheritance I fear)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mich the Tester View Post
    That could happen and possibly does happen already, without 'right to die' legislation. It probably just happens in a less humane fashion.
    Yes, but the pressure would be greater also would you be able find a suitable doctor to carry this out without them being some sort of ghoul or would they be forced to so against their beliefs. It really is an area fraught with moral and highly likely abusive concerns. The law at the moment is compassionate with genuine cases where a loved one has helped someone to die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Jones View Post
    In principle it’s a sound idea,

    My only concern would be for the venerable / vulnerable who could be manipulated in to saying that they want to go (so someone would get an inheritance I fear)
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    In theory I am for it but in practice I am not sure how it could be implemented to aviod the issues above.
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    I noticed with some sadness that the BBC have managed to fill the 'right to die story mule' position again since the last one shuffled off this mortal coil .

    Sadly that means endless media led discussions with lots of 'keeping it in the public arena', 'open and frank discussions' and 'raising awareness'.

    Same as the gay marriage the BBC News folk just keep dribbling on about it until they get what they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbon View Post
    Yes, but the pressure would be greater also would you be able find a suitable doctor to carry this out without them being some sort of ghoul or would they be forced to so against their beliefs. It really is an area fraught with moral and highly likely abusive concerns. The law at the moment is compassionate with genuine cases where a loved one has helped someone to die.
    I understand the concern, the thing is, you could also argue that if the job is done by doctors in conjunction with psychologists and the family, as it is here in NL, the patient actually has more protection against predatory relatives than without the 'right to die'; people expressing the wish to die don't just turn up at a suicide shop, pay their bill and then get a lethal injection; they go through a number of interviews and receive counseling from various professionals to minimise the chance of abuse. One thing that doctors concentrate on is this aspect of people being influenced by their families, and especially where there's a big inheritance involved you can expect the doctors to ask very critical questions. Doctors here are not forced to cooperate in euthanasia (I don't think it's strictly legal, but tolerated in some cases) and neither are nurses. There is plenty of room for the conscience of the individual in these cases.
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