I started a thread about this before the crash. I fully agree, people should have the right to end their own suffering. If there were guidelines in effect... I think it would be a case by case thing though. It's humane to put animals down to end their suffering, I think humans should also have that right.
My reason for starting the thread wasn't current events though. I am glad this man wants it to be brought to the public eye. My reason was this... On September 11, 2001 my mom made a decision in her hospital bed to be put on Morphine for pain. The thing that my family knew, that the doctors didn't, was that she was allergic to morphine, and it would kill her. After midnight on September 12th (about 1:30 am or so), she quietly passed away in her sleep. Thus, euthanizing herself, and ending her own misery. She had cancer in her liver. Very long story with that. She was suffering, she was hurting. She made her decision, and I supported it no matter how bad it hurt, and how much I would have rather she live longer.
She and I had talked before she went to the hospital the last time. She asked me how I felt about people wanting to die when they were dying. As in 'putting themselves to sleep'. Back in the kevorkian(SP?)days, I remember (I think I was in highschool) Thinking he was doing a good service to people. My mom felt he was murdering. Now years later, my mom was in the shoes of the people he assisted. She asked me how I would feel if she did make the decision to die, rather then suffer. That killed me. It hurt so bad, because we always figure the people we love will be there. I always figured she would live until her body gave out. I figured I would have her another 6 months or more.
I told her that since SHE was living in HER body, Since SHE was feeling HER pain, and I wasn't, I told her that I would support what ever decision she made. I told her that if she were my cat I would have her put down when I felt she was suffering. She just kinda smiled. Knowing how I felt about suffering people, and assisted suicides, I am sure she knew already how I felt. Hearing me tell her though, I guess it was like having permission.
I love her still, to this day. I don't feel that her choice to go onto a medication that had almost killed her in the past was a bad choice. I don't feel that her choosing to end her life in that way that she was forbidden from heaven. She was a very wonderful woman. An angel. Everyone loved her. EVERYONE. She IS an angel. I truely believe that if it is good enough for our pets, it has to be good enough for us.