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The Kaw Valley Older Women’s League is circulating a petition to add physician assisted death as an option in Kansas. Do you support physician assisted death?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
69% 668
No
 
24% 232
Not sure
 
6% 65
Total 965

Comments

Christine Anderson 1 year, 12 months ago

I think that after reading this discussion, I will take a few steps. No, not of self-harm. I mean going to my brother-in-law's office and asking him if he would be wiling to act as my DPOA. I believe he is someone who can trusted to honor my wishes, and yet has enough detachment to handle it without emotions getting in the way. If my mother outlived me, she'd be unable to deal. My surviving sister would not want to get involved. My brother is an alcoholic, and I love him but don't trust his judgement. My kids are now 12, 13, and 23. Fast forward say 20 years. My gut feeling tells me my youngest would make the wisest decisions, but he has already had enough hellish burdens thus far in his life. My middle shild may never progress mentally beyond the level of a 5 yr. old; no go. My oldest, well, I wouldn't know if she were stil into herbs. So, let's hope bro-in-law accepts.

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consumer1 2 years ago

Does calling physician asstisted suicide make it more palitable if you call it physician assisted death? It is still suicide, You can call a dead skunk, road kill, but it is still a dead skunk.

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ladybug18 2 years ago

It is either that life is important or it isnt. If we vote this legislation into law then we are saying that life has no worth anymore. I mean how can you say for sure some one is going to die? We all are dying, day by day we get closer to the end of our life sorry to be cynical but its the truth. Just because someone has an illness that brings them to their death bed faster than others does not mean that they should be killed off. Every life is important and honestly if I was dying and someone said well your dying and you only have 6 months left if that so I can give you this pill so you can dye now I would be thinking how increadibly unsensitive and extreemly rude. Why are we not encouraging people to go out and live, we should be telling people who can to live with all they have left and those who cant we should be there every single chance we get to be with them and show our love for them not handing them a loaded gun and saying have at it. I mean thats the exact same thing, gun, pill, there really is no differance. And who says that when patience takes these pills that they arent painful, that they are peacful. Everyone who has ever taken it is dead now so they cant tell us what it feels like. I would say that death is peacful but murder is violent no matter how you do it, im sorry but physicians who give pills to dying people so they will die are creating murder and it doesnt matter how you look at it. How is a depressed person who is dying any different than a suicidal teenager, why is it tragic when a suicidal teenager kills them self but compassionate and "dying with dignaty" when a depressed terminal person does it. I mean people need to wake up and realize that this is one in the same thing noting different about it. Just think about it......

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bendover61 2 years ago

I don't support it, KILL YOURSELF. People are always wanting others to do things for them.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

My mother had end stage renal disease. Eventually, it affected her heart to the point where doctors gave her six months at most. For an entire year prior to that she had averaged a hospitalization every two weeks. After she was informed that her heart was too damaged to offer any hope and that she would never survive any corrective surgery, she elected to take herself off of dialysis and die at home with hospice. Although it wasn't active suicide, it was refusal of treatment and passive suicide. My aunt (by marriage, not my mother's sister) was a fundy Christian and she wrote my mother a three page letter full of invective about how she felt my mother was killing herself and how she would burn in hell for flying in the face of "God's will". I was shocked and horrified when I read it. My mother, bless her soul, took it in a very serene manner. She told me that she didn't believe what my aunt said in the least and that I needed to understand that was "just the way she (my aunt) was" and I needed to forgive her and forget it, just as she did. Then my mother threw the letter in the trash. I've found that most people facing the end of their life. when they reach that stage of "acceptance", develop an incredible strength of will and a peace that borders on awe inspiring. Standing in their way is a travesty.

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booyalab 2 years ago

Funerals are for the living. In the same way, suicide hurts the living the most. I would never condone it.

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paisley 2 years ago

This is just morally wrong in my opinion. I would not back such a petition.

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Paul R Getto 2 years ago

Of course you should be able to manage your own end-time.

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somedude20 2 years ago

I find it rather funny that the Govt. will not let you end your life with or without that aid of a doc but they will end your life for you if you meet certain criteria

"The phone rings just minutes after the doctor pronounces you dead with the news: New Cure for Cancer"

The patient requested the death it was their duty to study up on all the options and then decied. You want to talk about a crying shame, let me fix your messed up view:

The phone rings just minutes after the state pronounces John Doe dead from exection and says, John Doe was innocent, we killed the wrong dude.

Eat mor chikin

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somedude20 2 years ago

"I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick."

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curmudgeon 2 years ago

Isn't it the patient's body? I think it should be the patient's choice as long as they are of sound mind. If one has never been terminally ill, one will never understand what it's like to be told there is no hope. I would not want someone to tell me that I have no right to choose to die if I'm very sick and in pain with no hope of getting better. It should be my decision whether I want to continue to live and fight my illness and suffer through a few more weeks or months or end it sooner.

People say they want less government yet they want the government to rule over our bodies by making the sick continue to live when they don't want to and wanting to pass laws that would cause women to have children even if said pregnancy would kill her.

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pace 2 years ago

In fairness, I do interpret OneEW remark as meaning just that.. People are entitled to their view point and people are entitled to disagree. I too understand there is a trade off of length of life and the heavy use of morphine to address pain.

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Brock Masters 2 years ago

Suicide is illegal and should remain that way. In fact, the penalties should be made more severe - attempted suicide should be a capital offense punishable by death.

Seriously, the government has no right to decide if a person wants to choose death.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

Advanced directives aren't worth the paper they're written on. No matter what a person's "last wishes" are on an advanced directive, they are not legally binding and DPOAs can (and frequently do) over ride any and all provisions in an advanced directive, swayed by the emotion of family members and, sometimes, even by a medical community that refuses to give up. Even so, advanced directives are better than nothing at all and you just might run into a doctor willing to honor it or have a DPOA that loves you enough to look past their own emotions and actually honor it. As for physician assisted suicide, get real. You live in Kansas, fer gawds sake.

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unclebiff 2 years ago

i would like it if my physician could give me a hot pocket, doesn't mean he will.

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Christine Anderson 2 years ago

Okay, who's the idiot who said that a patient's suffering could be a substitute for perdition? I saw hundreds of people die, of different causes, over the time I was an R.N. Too many of the deaths I witnessed were horrible. Hospice care is NOT assisted suicide, although there may be times when in order to control pain, a high enough dose of morphine may have to be given which causes breathing to stop. In that case, is it assisted suicide-no! It is a side effect of effective pain management. If it makes wounded soldier feel any better, there were also deaths where the person was literally screaming until their last breath, where no dose of morphine gave relief.

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akuna 2 years ago

Yes please. I like to make my own important choices and not have the government dictate them. Sick or not sick, as long as you are competent and in your right mind, physician assisted death would be a great option. I don't need or want a nanny state.

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Katara 2 years ago

Either let the physician assist by administering it or allow the physician to give me instructions on how to administer it myself. While I have no problem of doing what I need to do should the time come, I feel it cruel to leave my family with the mess to clean up.

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verity 2 years ago

While I would like to have the choice to end my life if I have an incurable disease and no possibility of anything besides pain, I don't think a doctor should or need be involved.

If a cure for cancer suddenly became available (not likely), it would hardly cure a person whose body was so damaged that they were close to death.

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toe 2 years ago

Marriage has been killing men for years. Why not ask a physician to join in?

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years ago

It's already done. Hospice and morphine.

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rockchalk1977 2 years ago

If they just wait the Obama death panel will take care of this.

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pace 2 years ago

A valid view point, except a 22 hasn't the pop I would want, I would choose a 45. Guns and ammo are sometimes surprising hard to get and takes some practice to use correctily. I don't want to choose that someone else must choose a 45 or that a Doctor should be prohibited from helping ease the passing.

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Jane 2 years ago

I hear a .22 bullet will scramble your brains pretty good, no doctor needed. There is also drinking fertilizer, among other things. If you want to end your life, just do it. Don't drag a doctor or whoever else into the act, just do it.

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kernal 2 years ago

One phrase: Living Wills.

wounded_soldier, it's highly unlikely the scenario you painted would occur because whenever cancer researchers thing they're on the brink of discovery for a "cure", it's no secret from the medical community. And, if they do think they've found it, the FDA will require time consuming and lengthy documentation before the "cure" can be administered to patients, except for the few who get to be part of the trials.

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pace 2 years ago

I don't want to die slowly, in great pain, with my family caught in years of agony and financial disaster. . Doesn't mean put a pillow over my face if I have a headache. but I want to choose. Unless I am missing something, we all will go at some point. If there is a call right after I go, good for them. I want to see cancer beaten. I don't think we will see death beaten. But who knows, I do believe in magic.

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Richard Payton 2 years ago

Now, if it's done by a pill or shot "yes" but if that physician is carrying a chainsaw "no".

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autie 2 years ago

yes. Wounded soldier's cute little story is mere fantasy.

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Richard Heckler 2 years ago

Stop spending trillions on wars and the military industrial complex then move that spending to cures for cancer and subsidizing higher education and Vocational Technical Training.

Dying in a slow quite painful fashion seems not fair. Treatment is soooooo expensive.

If not cancer but not able to care for oneself any longer also would be painful.... what's the point?

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Abdu Omar 2 years ago

A good doctor comes to your peaceful home, and asks you how you want to die. You are suffering from a cancerous disease and there is no hope; you will die. So he administers the drug, you feel nothing and quietly pass away. The phone rings just minutes after the doctor pronounces you dead with the news: New Cure for Cancer!

Your cancer could have been cured, but now it is too late.

There is no reason for doctor assisted death even if the patient is suffering. Maybe this suffering is the substitute for perdition.

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