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Selling Suicide

The new euthanasia ads.

Published: July 17, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 55

(55) LADYDI, May 16, 2011 2:13 PM

I understand your reasons to a point, but..........during the Holocaust many many people took their own lives, some by poison while in the cattle cars or in their hiding places, some by throwing themselves on the electrified wires in the camps.... they were just unable to cope with the situation of having to witness or learn that their loved ones were going to be murdered. I personally could not accept the fate of my loved ones....and death would be a blessing. To advertise assisted death, well, if the person realluy wants to die, whats the probnlem...they're miserable in their lives, either emotionally or physically.........its time to end it and they have that right.

(54) Anonymous, July 28, 2010 2:04 AM

well. nice to have these opinions but have you ever been in the position to contemplate how not living might help with pain and to have these thoughts for years? why are you so quick to announce your opinion? how about publicizing help and unconditional support for people who might find the idea of suicide comforting?

(53) Anonymous, July 27, 2010 11:51 AM

I once was considering suicide

I totally agree with Yaakov. If I thought suicide was OK years ago, I may have went through with it. Instead I had a brother whom did commit siucide and from the pain I witness in the family I decided that it cannot be an option for myself. At that time I never thought my life could improve, but with my experience with God now I am so happy I didn't go that direction.

(52) Eddy Ensing, July 24, 2010 3:41 PM

Slippery slope

When Hitler was in power, mercy killing or "euthanasia" was practiced, it started with the old and infirm then the mentally sick, criminals and then Jews, Gypsies and so called inferior races. let us not go down that slippery slope.

(51) Anonymous, July 24, 2010 12:01 AM

Why I am against assisted suicide

If assisted suicide were to become acceptable, I fear that the resources required to support someone's trying to live may be redirected. After all, assisted suicide is so much more cost effective, than say, psychotherapy. The implications of where this attitude could lead us are mind boggling. Imagine a family convincing a relative to die in order to save money on care, or give quicker access to an inheritance. What about hospitals making someone's life miserable in order to encourage them to die, so as to lower costs and free up beds. This is why the majority of doctors I know are against assisted suicide in principle. As a physician, and a Jew, I am very proud to come from a dual tradition which eschews a role where one decides that it is acceptable to "play G-d". Once we decide that suicide is an option, then we also are implicitly (and dare I say, arrogantly) suggesting that we are can place ourselves a position to decide when life is worth living or not. I prefer to belong to a tradition, where one feels that we do not have the right to be involved in such a decision. In fact, I think suicidal thinking is a perversion of sorts, and is best seen as an anomaly. Sure, once in a while, it may seem to be a reasonable option, but it must never be entertained as a legal, mainstream consideration, because then we collude in a type of perverse thinking, where we covertly agree that one can be in a position to judge whether our lives are "worthwhile". And how far away is that kind of thinking, from the immorality that allows one to judge whether others' lives are worthwhile? - an attitude that can rationalize the worst kinds of murder and genocide. I believe that the dangers of potential abuse outweigh the need for assisted suicide to be legalized, and thus the present boundary we have of making suicide illegal is appropriately placed.

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