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Would you vote to legalise euthanasia?

New Zealand has voted to legalise euthanasia in what campaigners call “a victory for compassion and kindness”.

Preliminary referendum results showed 65.2% of voters supported the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force as a new law.

It will allow terminally ill people, with less than six months to live, the opportunity to choose assisted dying if approved by two doctors.

For its opponents, the law lacks adequate safeguards.

The results announced on Friday do not include an estimated 480,000 special votes, including overseas ballots, so the final outcome will not be confirmed until 6 November. But with such strong support, the decision is not expected to change.

The referendum is binding and the law is expected to come into effect in November 2021.

It will see New Zealand join a small group of countries, including the Netherlands and Canada, which allow euthanasia.

What are your views on this sensitive matter? Do you think terminally ill individuals should be granted the right to end their own lives? Would you vote for euthanasia if we were to hold a referendum in the UK? 

Would you vote to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill people?

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ShirleyVee
4 days ago
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Having been there while my sister was dying of cancer then 2 years later my mum suffering the pain of a massive stroke, both waiting to die I now have a living will in place.
My sister and my son both have copies and would make the decision along with a doctor to let me go.
I would rather die than have carers coming in to clean me up and feed me.
Not2grey
6 days ago
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Strong Safeguards could be put in place to ensure that people didnt feel pressurised to end their lives .. We should be able to have dignity in death . I have seen a couple of my nearest and dearest suffer with terrble pain before they died , this despite being on the strongest painkillers.
If we allowed our animals to suffer as they suffered we would have been prosecuted . I have heard the arguments about palliative care and pain relief but this has not been my exoerience .
AnnW5
20th Nov 2020
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Controversial but I believe we should have the right to choose, especially if in pain and near-death anyway. We don't let animals suffer why should we make people?
cehodgson
20th Nov 2020
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Difficult question. I wouldn’t want someone who,is terminally ill to continue suffering but I wouldn’t want legalisation to be abused
ValC41
18th Nov 2020
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They should be allowed to choose themselves.As long as there is no treatment to prolong their lives
justbecause7566
15th Nov 2020
1
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When we have a beloved pet that is suffering, all that could be done was and still that animal suffers in pain. The last act of love we can give our faithful companion is to release them from their pain. We are kind to animals yet leave terminally ill people suffer and in pain. I say, just them gently leave us if nothing more can be done for them. Release them from their pain. We are kinder to animals then humans.
Retiredyorkie
10th Nov 2020
2
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At this moment in time you can decided to put an animal out of pain but you have to watch a loved one go through losing their dignity and in total pain.

I think a person should have the right to decide when they wish to die.
MargaretB24
7th Nov 2020
1
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as a previous hospice nurse, pain control can be achieved and going down the euthanasia route is a dangerous and open to many opportunities for abuse. Once it starts it will continue to be rolled out for more than terminally ill people
Len45
10th Nov 2020
2
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I cared for my wife with terminal cancer for years and to the very last had hope and encouraged her to hope. If I had been party to 'prematurely' taking her life I could not live with myself now. Her pain was managed expertly by a network of palliative care and she was comfy until she passed away at home.
MargaretB24
10th Nov 2020
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so sorry to hear about your wife Len, but it is good to hear she had her pain managed with palliative care and you know you did your best for her
Burrowman
7th Nov 2020
1
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Absolutely Yes. Why suffer indignity and pain when you needn't and have nothing but pain and indignity to look forward to.
CarolC7
6th Nov 2020
6
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If the person in question is of sound mind, then to keep that person existing, (not living) in pain, lack of dignity and all that a debilitating illness brings is cruel. To be able to leave this earth legally, painlessly with your loved ones around you, is a gift we should be able to embrace.
Retiredyorkie
10th Nov 2020
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Totally agree with CarolC7
cehodgson
6th Nov 2020
1
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I dithered between yes and no . There’s a fine line between needing euthanasia and other people wanting you to have it. Am still undecided on this.
RogerO
6th Nov 2020
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The only people who should vote are those who have been medically assessed cable of doing so this vote opens it up for anyone wanting someone to die for the voters gain.
Butterlump
6th Nov 2020
2
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I voted yes as your options where black and white. This is rarely the case in real life cases. There are so many variants to consider. I too have watched a loved one suffer an excruciating painful death. However, never once did I hear her say "I want to die."
* A Doctor may feel caring for the terminally ill is a WASTE of time and money
* Family members may prefer Euth as "THEY" can't bear to watch the suffering
* Some may have INHERITANCE motives or simply pure SPITE towards other siblings
If made legal it may also be something that only a judge can authorise having considered all circumstance and connotations
jeanmark
6th Nov 2020
3
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Butterlump, in all my 47 years in the NHS I never once heard a doctor or any health care individual imply that caring for a terminally ill patient was a waste of time.
Ryan5
10th Nov 2020
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You're absolutely right, Butterlump. Only when an individual has made it perfectly clear that he or she wants to go this route in order to alleviate their pain should this option be considered.

As for the legal intricacies involved in a right-to-choose context like the one being discussed, my concern is a situation where extraneous intervening bodies set-up shop to make money off the suffering of others. I personally would want the process to remain simple; a court-appointed principal, a mental health expert, and the person making the decision. Of course, nothing is ever that simple, but I know I’d want to the right to make that choice when my time comes.
MrsPat
5th Nov 2020
4
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Other countries like Switzerland and Holland have it. So long as the necessary checks are in there we should do it.
Moomytree
5th Nov 2020
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Only God has the right to say when someone should die.
Not everyone loves their elderly parents, to some they are just “in the way”, especially those who share households, and need help with their normal day to day activities. Then there are those who live in houses that will be willed to their children, but the children want the parents gone, and the house sold so that they can get their inheritance. Euthanasia is dangerous for all sorts of reasons
Lionel
5th Nov 2020
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Very well said indeed.
biker babe
6th Nov 2020
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I agree with Lionel
Spanish dreamer
5th Nov 2020
7
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It should be a persons right to decide, especially if they are in pain
karenmcq
4th Nov 2020
10
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It's my body and I should have the rights over it
Retiredyorkie
10th Nov 2020
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Well said I am in total agreement
DanaS6
4th Nov 2020
8
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Well done Newzealand. Maybe I should have stayed living over there, maybe i will go back just for that one decision that's how strongly I think we should have the choice
SupaNana
7th Nov 2020
1
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I agree, Dana. I watched helplessly and in great distress while my mother. aged 56, died slowly and painfully from a brain tumour. She begged to be allowed "to go". That was 39 years ago and I have never recovered. Neither did my father and brother.
I would have been prosecuted for putting my dog through this agony.
DanaS6
4th Nov 2020
11
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Definitely, I had to sadly have my beautiful dog willow who was 18 put to sleep. I couldn't watch her going down hill and suffering anymore. She had no life, couldn't hear , couldn't see and could hardly stand. It would have been very selfish on my part to try to keep her here just for me. The worst decision I've ever had to make but I did it to stop her suffering. I'm a bit long winded but my point is , if we can end suffering for animals why cant we decided for ourselves when we leave this world. I want to make my own decision about when I leave for good if I possibly can.
carolparkhurst
4th Nov 2020
9
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This legislation is long overdue. Why cannot everyone who supports it sign a declaration to the effect that this is their wish should a condition become terminal ? There would be no pressure on people to try to take their loved ones abroad while able to travel. The last precious days could be spent with friends and family, knowing they will not face prosecution and remove the dread of a protracted painful death.
DanaS6
4th Nov 2020
2
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I agree wholeheartedly, well said.
SILVER78
7th Nov 2020
1
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I absolutely agree. I think we should be able to sign something when we are able to do so to this effect. My husband died recently from prostate cancer and he was asked a few days beforehand by a McMillan nurse if he wanted to agree to a Do Not Resuscitate order being put on his medical record, which he did. How is this much different to us being able to say we want to end our life if we get to the point where life has no quality ? Thankfully, my husband passed away peacefully at home in our own bed with me and our daughter beside him but he had suffered for some weeks of not being able to care for himself and I know he hated losing his dignity..
Jane21
4th Nov 2020
8
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I have had 2 dogs that I have loved dearly,peacefully put to sleep as I could not bear to watch suffer any longer.We do not have the right to make an animal live in pain just because we want to keep them with us
It should therefore be the right of everyone to be put out of the misery of pain.We do not have the right to deny them the dignity of dying painlessly and at peace with themselves and their loved ones
ElaineF81
4th Nov 2020
7
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Why should people suffer - we dont let animals suffer
Dinew
4th Nov 2020
16
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I think that it should be available BUT there needs to be strict guidelines as to how and when it can be used. I watched my grandfather descend into dementia, it was such a lingering death , horrible for both him and myself. I would hate that kind of death and even more I would hate for my children to see it. If I could make that final decision then I would
Vicki0622
6th Nov 2020
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Absolutely, well said
MaryseGoater
4th Nov 2020
8
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I would like to have this option when I reach 80 yrs old. Illness really hits at this stage so would not want my children to deal with this.
Maryse Goater
anubis
4th Nov 2020
9
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I would vote for but I would want safeguards in place to protect people from being coerced when in a vulnerable state of mind. I personally worry the decision may be forced on some without proper regulations in place
SheilaT1305
4th Nov 2020
9
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I have been a supporter of assisted dying for many years now and believe it comes down to two things. Firstly we don't talk about how awful death can be for many people so why in a compassionate society why would we not allow anyone to avoid this where possible, and secondly, it isn't compulsory but personal choice. If you have religious beliefs that prevent you from choosing this as an option and instead wish to endure then that is your right but why force that on others? Safeguards are easy to implement.
Molly0345
4th Nov 2020
5
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I agree with Dignity in Dying that terminally ill people should have the right to put an end to their life, the fact that they have to go to a different country if that is what they want to have their wishes fulfilled , putting family in distress with all that entails, travelling with a very sick person and the all the arrangements that would have to be made.
SuperTrooper80
4th Nov 2020
9
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There should be a choice and this could be a written statement by the person to allow euthanasia if needed. No one needs to suffer needlessly, and as a former nurse I have seen this happen many times.
ValC63
4th Nov 2020
3
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I think that we should have the choice of whether or not to suffer needlessly. Living with no quality of life is pointless, in my opinion, it just prolongs the inevitable, and I wouldn't want to to put my family through unnecessary heartache and cost.
CeliaO4
4th Nov 2020
7
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Assisted dying wouldn’t be everyone’s choice but if it is your choice then surely you should have that choice so come on Uk let’s see you make the right choice here and legalise assisted dying for those who would want to use it
Dani
3rd Nov 2020
3
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As a Christian I don’t think that euthanasia is morally acceptable and as a discerning adult I think that, once enshrined in law, it would be easily subject to abuse.
However, I’m also aware of the suffering that end of life often brings, and that palliative care can perhaps not extend life as it seeks to provide relief and comfort.
My husband died of cancer and was very afraid of the pain he feared he would suffer. He couldn’t bring himself to speak to his wonderful doctors about death. Instead, he asked them to rely on my judgement because I knew him and loved him.
I was talked through the options. It seemed only right to allow him to slip peacefully away in my arms, pain free, having been given the drugs required to allow this to happen.
It wasn’t easy, but I think everyone should be aware, before they commit to the idea of legal euthanasia, that there is already compassion in the medical world and that end of life care can focus legally on preventing pain rather than extending life for a short and painful extra time.
violet
3rd Nov 2020
6
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Personally I would want to have the choice. I would not want to be pumped with drugs Abd kept alive with very little or no quality of life.
Tr1sh
2nd Nov 2020
2
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In theory, I wholeheartedly agree that a terminally ill adult should be able to make the choice of when and if to end their life.

In practice though, I think it is a much bigger issue. For example, would we be comfortable to follow the Netherlands where euthanasia is available for terminally ill children?

Would dementia patients also have the right to express the wish that their life be ended once all quality of life has gone?

Whose duty would it be to assist with these deaths? Would medical staff who are trained to save life be expected to also end life or would we have "end of life clinics" rather like Dignitas?

What does "assisted dying" involve? Are we talking about an injection, a cocktail of medication or something more akin to the Liverpool Pathway?
Valleyman
2nd Nov 2020
8
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I questioned the Liverpool Care Pathway when I encountered it, and was told to keep supplying fluids to a dying patient meant that they would drown in their own secretions. I'm not a doctor, but I was glad the scheme was ended. Only to be replaced by almost exactly the same treatment regime but with a different title! But yes, to see people suffer, and be rendered objects of pity by advanced dementia, or to scream in pain, means I'm all for grown ups being given a choice about how they depart this world.
Lionel
1st Nov 2020
1
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Whilst I'm firmly against assisted dying I can't help but ask the question ... wouldn't be simpler to legalize suicide? Not that a suicide may be prosecuted.
MargaretB55
1st Nov 2020
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You dont want to live in pain. My husband died quickly. He wasnt ill. He would have hated lingering.
When my time comes i hope its as quick
Wilf
31st Oct 2020
5
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No I think it is dangerous and the thin edge of the wedge. We should be looking after each other and this takes us into dangerous territory
Yodama
30th Oct 2020
6
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No I don't think it should be brought into law!
Although it would be a welcome way out for those living in continuous pain and misery, there are always those who would abuse it. Sometimes a persons closest family have a self motivated agenda..
A case in point is the LIverpool care pathway scandal, designed to allow those who had little life expectancy left, to die.
Food and water was denied them until they passed.
After an alarming upsurge in deaths, an enquiry found that it was being horribly misused and stopped it immediately.
Although banned, it is still being used under a different guise.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23698071

A clear example of what could happen if the laws are relaxed.
I am afraid that not everyone has the best of intentions and it is our duty to protect the desperate. Perhaps better ways of helping the suffering should be implemented.
Lionel
30th Oct 2020
4
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I can only heartily endorse your views.

Although I've never knowingly been party to the LCP, evidence that it was practiced in nursing homes and care homes where I have worked was all too obvious. But no one ever spoke of it.

But here we come up against whistleblowing, an issue that's never been resolved. Had I, or anyone else broken silence on our suspicions then we would never have worked again in health related fields. But that detestable practice of killing elderly people would have continued unabated. There was no point in anyone making this self sacrifice; nothing would have changed.
Yodama
30th Oct 2020
3
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Strange times when whistleblowers are silenced when they should be closely listened to Lionel.
The truth is an alien concept in these days.
Taking someones life, by any means, no matter the circumstances, is in my view nothing but murder.
viking
30th Oct 2020
3
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It looks as if the much smaller population of NZ than the UK makes it much easier to reach a consensus.
However in this country with a much larger mix of ethnic/religious groups, some of which regard human life as sacred and some who regard life as an expendable commodity, would make reaching a final decision impossible.
JE
30th Oct 2020
11
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I think it should be an option for those whose illness is terminal and are in unbearable pain. However, there does need to be a clear criteria and legal process laid down to ensure that the system is not open to abuse.
Munsterlander
30th Oct 2020
9
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If we did legally have it in the UK there would have to be watertight rules around it to stop any possible misuse of it.
Bald123
30th Oct 2020
7
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Yes I think I would after seeing some relatives in pain.

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