Terrific post, a subject that divides so many people.
There are so many facets to this subject.
I think there are legitimate cases and some not so. Here in Australia a lady decided to take her life with her family around, only for the autopsy to reveal she didn't have cancer.
I think the standard should be if someone wants to take their own life, then they need to give prior knowledge and be "un-assisted".
I also think it shows a crack in the system. My mother has been in nursing for 40 years....and holds the theory that should she be on a machine to pull the plug. I don't think I would be able to do it though.
Many people are born retarded or have it happen through their life. I just don't believe we have the right to play god. The body is only a temple...their spirit remains the same.
As a child we would have up to 10 retarded kids stay at our place on weekends in the "relief" programme for parents with retarded children. They didn't work the same as a "Normal" kids, however, getting to know them I overlooked the body manurisms and looked at them as a special person.
I guess I see assisted suicide as a selfish act...any suicide is selfish, there is a moral dilemma when people take the right to help someone take their life...is it Murder?? No....do they have the right to do it? No.
My opinion anyhow
Sam, Jarka, Casey, Serena
, then the guys with nice asses on the ATP, followed by other Aussies, bit of a gap...then Venus.....bit of a bum scratch...then will watch Lisiki or Radwanksa...gap...everyone else (or sleep) ******