Quote from earle58
kimmy, don't laugh, but suicide is illegal.
i guess what i struggle with is if a mentally aware person is depressed, then their decision is clouded by that depression. of course they have the right to be depressed but it's not the same as someone who has come to accept their terminality and makes an objective, well deliberated decision to end their life. i would not feel comfortable assisting someone who was very depressed.
Who says suicide is illegal? Granted, in many religions (Catholicism included) it is considered a a SIN, but I've never heard that committing suicide was a crime. As someone else said, who would be charged?
In Oregon, "assisted suicide" involves writing a lethal prescription, at the patient's request. It's not given out like candy, and it's not written lightly. A lot of lethal prescritions have been written but never filled. Why? Maybe the person died naturally before he had a chance to use the prescription. Maybe he changed his mind. But, in any case, he was IN CONTROL of his destiny--and just that knowledge, in my opinion, would be comforting to a terminally ill patient.
As far as depression--I think they undergo extensive counselling before the script is written, but, think about it--who WOULDN'T be depressed if they knew they were going to die, and had absolutely no hope of recovery?