Since there are threads on abortion and infanticide doing the rounds, I wanted to discuss death in a more broader aspect, and not limit it to age.
When I get older, if I start showing the early signs of dementia, I do not wish to be reduced to a mere existence, rather than living, and be a burden on others. If there is no method where I am allowed to end my life as painlessly as possible, as comfortably as possible, with no legal recourse towards anyone that assists me, I would want to kill myself by more traditional, less reliable means to avoid the horror that would slowly await me. Likewise, if I am in an accident that leaves me braindead, I want my life support to be switched off.
I've seen others suffer. I saw my grandad in agony as his cancer slowly and painfully killed him. I've seen another relative slowly decline from Alzheimer's. If a person gives a statement that they wish for their life to be ended if their health declines in such a way, is it a failure to care if that wish is not honoured? Should the law reflect this?
If euthanasia laws were enacted, how could the system work to prevent abuse as much as possible? If you oppose such laws, why? How could the problems in the way be tackled?