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Does Your State Have a 'Right to Die' Law?

Around the U.S., some states are adopting "assisted suicide" or "right to die" initiatives — better known as Death with Dignity laws — and they allow terminal ill people to end their lives, on their terms.

04/21/2019 12:01 PMupdated: 04/22/2019 1:17 PM
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  • Anja S.
    04/21/2019 12:11

    YES!

  • Karl L.
    04/21/2019 12:18

    Good! It’s called dying with dignity ❤️ I work in healthcare and it is disgusting and embarrassing what some poor people have to go through and how much of their life savings is wasted to keep them alive for everyone else’s conscience. I tell everyone that if I’m ever that bad, and they try to prop me up for medical bills, and assisted suicide isn’t legal, just put a pillow over my face and give my money to the family.

  • Afia A.
    04/21/2019 12:30

    They should

  • Catarina M.
    04/21/2019 12:38

    Yes if the person us declare capable of deciding it in conscious. If not, it woul be a no for me.

  • Pat C.
    04/21/2019 12:39

    Would I be correct in assuming these are all Democrat states?

  • Ryan H.
    04/21/2019 12:44

    Y’all just gone be reincarnated again 🤦🏾‍♀️ expeditiously

  • Messengër V.
    04/21/2019 12:56

    No right to be born but right how and when to die

  • Amel d.
    04/21/2019 13:05

    If the person is terminally ill and wishes to end their suffering, they should have that right.

  • Jillian M.
    04/21/2019 14:26

    I used to be fully in favor of Death with Dignity laws, but now have more complicated feelings. Check out notdeadyet.org for information from a disability rights group. These laws are more nuanced than I thought.

  • Gina P.
    04/21/2019 14:31

    Oh , yes give people a choice. Respect their wishes.

  • Axel A.
    04/21/2019 14:55

    Paddleton movie, watch it. They have the right not to feel pain but is it legal? In a humanitarian way? You die on your own terms?

  • Carole A.
    04/21/2019 15:29

    I don't think it has a political connotation I think it has the right to live as you want without hurting others and the right to die as you want without hurting others. If this is a free country why don't we have the right to be free

  • Abdullah A.
    04/21/2019 19:09

    Oh wow what next if someone stabs someone with their consent it is legal huh??

  • Brady F.
    04/21/2019 20:24

    Used to be against this, but who am I to say whether a terminally I'll patient should have to suffer for extra months or weeks for the same end result.

  • Gerard D.
    04/21/2019 20:41

    Who cares. If they want to die, jump off a high rise.

  • Lynda L.
    04/21/2019 20:41

    This should be the law in every state. Who better to know their wishes than the person him or herself. My father and my husband and several dear friends were fortunate enough to live their lives as they wanted to, and died as they wanted to. It was so much easier on both the patients and on their families. I hope my wishes are followed when it’s my turn to pass on. Like donating your organs so others can live, dying as you choose is a blessing.

  • Konna C.
    04/21/2019 20:51

    They need a version if this for the people trapped in rest homes.

  • Esmeralda P.
    04/21/2019 21:16

    I sooo agree with this. I've been an ICU nurse for years and saw a lot of patients lost their identity and dignity during their last breath. If a person who is terminally ill can go with his pride totally intact and his dignity not strip, why would we not allow that?

  • Henry C.
    04/21/2019 22:59

    This law should apply in my country too. It is more painful to be suffering beside your family member because you know that anyway it is gonna die some near day.

  • Anne K.
    04/22/2019 02:48

    Yes