Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 29 Nov 2014 07:44:10 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=92#comment13 I am having difficulty in accepting that my old cat may be better off being put to sleep, as she is dying from kidney failure. At the moment she appears to be ''comfortable'' and it is my dearest wish that she will drift away naturally and peacefully in her sleep, without any pain or distress. If this appears to be unlikely, then I will ask for assistance from the vet.Like nalasenrab(3), I too wish a ''comfortable'' death for myself, but I wouldn't want to burden my family with the dreadful responsibility of aiding me in any way, least of all in making the arrangements and final decisions on my behalf, unless they chose to help me - then they should be able to do so either here or abroad without any fear of prosecution.This is a selfish and self-centred wish I have made for myself. I wouldn't dream of encouraging anyone else to think the same way, but I would hope that I could be allowed to choose my own way of death in the same way as I have been supported in determining my own way of life, and be shown the same respect and compassion in death as I have been shown in life. Sat 01 Aug 2009 15:55:53 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=85#comment12 Eddie, You used the entire half hour of Any Answers taking calls about assisted suicide, some of which were repetitive. Didn't anybody call wanting to discuss the other topics discussed on Any Questions? It became rather boring and I got annoyed looking at the clock as time ran out. Sat 01 Aug 2009 15:39:05 GMT+1 Brian Lonsdale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=78#comment11 I'm with 'packard' (#9) on this blog - I understand why my first attempt (#4) was rejected (though I'm still waiting for it to be actually rejected), but what was wrong with my second attempt (#8) - the only thing wrong is that I disagree with most people it seems - but I guess you'll block this too Fri 31 Jul 2009 13:01:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=71#comment10 I knew a man who had been in hospital with MS, being spoon fed. When I met him years later, he was well-tanned and playing golf. Had assisted suicide been allowed when he was really ill... Fri 31 Jul 2009 08:56:49 GMT+1 PaleJade http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=64#comment9 Lets put this into perspective.100+ people in the last 10 years, so lets say 15 people a year do this.Based in 65000000 people in this country thats..0.000002% of the population (I think thats right my calculator had trouble working out such a small sum)Why is this miniscule impact on society getting so much media time?What is the agenda? why Trouble us with this?Even if it rose tenfold it would still not merit the coverage based on other issues, today, in this country that affect a great deal more of the population.A fixation on death seems to be the order of the day at the BBC, as if we haven't got enough to be concerned about in life!Give us a break. Fri 31 Jul 2009 08:22:27 GMT+1 packhard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=57#comment8 I made a comment that obviously falls foul of the moderators. Not sure if I shall bother again. What is the BBC afraid of - controversy? P Thu 30 Jul 2009 22:32:32 GMT+1 Brian Lonsdale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=49#comment7 I am extremely disappointed that Ms Purdee has won her case - it will make people think about dying instead of living.My wife has had MS for 47 years and can now only hold a mug in her hand - in all other respects she is dependent on me and others - she has never talked about dying let alone killing herselfIt is not Ms Purdee's fault that she appears not to know about the drug LDN which stops the progression of MS and other auto-immune diseases - it did so in my wife's case - it is a cheap generic drug and costs about £1.00 per dayI was infact on the fourth plinth last Friday publicising a petition on the government website to trial LDN Thu 30 Jul 2009 19:42:06 GMT+1 Richard_SM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=42#comment6 Assisted suicide judgementEddie Mair asks: What do you think? It's rather pointless asking what we think on controversial topics such as this because it gets moderated. I chose my words carefully, but my post on Glass Box has been replaced with:This comment has been removed because it broke the House Rules Thu 30 Jul 2009 19:00:12 GMT+1 packhard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=35#comment5 I really do not know why she has made such a big fuss about this. In ordinary circumstances her husband could have travelled to Zurich, been there when she had taken her life and returned in the normal way.The chances of him being prosecuted were already very slight.This is exactly what a friend of mine did.Now there is going to be legislation and the chances are that it will be made more difficult, not easier, to carry this out. It is about time the law allowed this to happen in the UK without the need to travel. P Thu 30 Jul 2009 17:57:03 GMT+1 petersbear http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=28#comment4 After seeing all 4 of my grandparents die I think the real problem is the lack of hospice and palliative care. One grandfather would not have wanted assisted dying, it was against his religious beliefs, but his home care was painful to his wife and family. The other, who also died at home, I was allowed to see after he died as he looked so much better after death than taking his oxygen mask to cough out the remains of his lungs. Now my father is ready to go due to altzheimers, care is better than the 1960s when the grandparents died but the system is not ready for those who want the ultimate relief. Thu 30 Jul 2009 17:54:48 GMT+1 Brian Lonsdale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=21#comment3 This post has been Removed Thu 30 Jul 2009 17:18:29 GMT+1 nalasenrab http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=14#comment2 All dicussions re assisted suicide refer only to folk with terminal illness or severe physical or mental problems. Now aged 87 and in reasonably good health I have told my sons I wish to be helped to die as soon as I become too frail to live alone and before I become incontinent. One of my sons has many years of experience in mountain rescue including dealing with failed suicide attempts. I trust him to assist me in achieveing a comfortable death even if I am unable to communicate my wishes at the time. My few remaining contemporaries share my views and wish for assisted suicide to be made legal in this country thus avoiding the need to travel to Dignitas. Thu 30 Jul 2009 17:17:12 GMT+1 PrinceEugene http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=7#comment1 I am puzzled by this because it seems to me that the DPP has already made his position crystal clear by his refusal to prosecute other people who have accompanied relatives to this clinic. Thu 30 Jul 2009 16:26:22 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/07/assisted_suicide_judgement.shtml?page=0#comment0 Until we know what they eventually decide, I suppose it can only be viewed as a milestone along the way. I do feel for Ms Purdy though.As another blogger has posted elsewhere, this does, though, raise the question of being able to afford to travel to Switzerland in the first place. Thu 30 Jul 2009 16:24:37 GMT+1