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Subject:  Re: Self Insurance of a Different Kind Date:  5/30/2014  9:44 AM
Author:  inparadise Number:  75114 of 103789

This is a big slippery slope.

Controversial? You bet. But worse would be ignoring peoples' right to chose their own final departure. Worse would be continuing to torture people with questionable value medical treatments against their will.

As to Kevorkian type premature terminations, if I knew that I could legally define a state at which my life would be terminated and was not overrideable by my spouse or SO, it would preclude the need for me to end things while I was still capable of self-termination, which would be sooner than absolutely necessary. So this type of legal protection could very well extend life.

We as a people are impressive when it comes to developing technology, much of which is very beneficial in extending life. Where we need to catch up is in the philosophical area, tackling the hard question of when is it no longer kind to apply this wonderful technology.

It is rather ironic that in a culture where women have been granted control over their bodies to the extent that they are allowed to terminate another life, we as competent adults are not extended the same right to terminate our own. Women are not forced to perform their own abortions, why should people be forced to end their own lives?

IP,
DEFINITELY NOT looking to get into a discussion on "morals" here, since the law has little to do with that
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