This is a question I struggle with without coming to a resolution. As I'm getting older, and as I have a chronic health condition, I become increasingly aware of how, well, I don't know a nice way to put it; how not worth living life can become in the final years of one's life. On the one hand, I believe that life is precious and I believe that God gives life and God takes life away. On the other hand, I don't believe in preserving life at any cost. Yes, life is precious, life cannot be valued in terms of dollars and cents. And yet, there comes a point at which there's just no point. And for those who use their religion as an argument against a right to die, I'm just not so sure at this point that can be justified. I'm going to have to study it some more. Maybe it's not right to commit suicide, but on the other hand, I'm beginning to think that it's all right to just allow life to cease existing when it's near its end anyway, when continuing to live just causes pain and suffering, and yes, even when in terms of dollars and cents it would reduce a person and their family to penury. I don't see anything wrong with just pulling the plug and allowing God to take away the life He gave. And if death is inevitable and the time is right, is it really all that much different to just decline health care, perhaps even decline food and water that would keep one alive past a time when one would want to be alive? How about declining oxygen? I don't know. I don't think it's set in stone for me, yet.
As far as legislation enabling people to make their own decisions, I think we have to be careful that the decisions ARE left in THEIR hands, and not made by anyway else, doctor, legislator. If they're not competent to make that decision, and they didn't leave a Living Will, then maybe that decision just ought not to be made. In other words, I could support legislation permitting right to die as a personal decision; I could not support legislation regulating it, defining it, controlling it, delegating it, or enforcing it.