1. Post #1
    flyguy88's Avatar
    July 2007
    336 Posts
    I don't think this topic get enough attention, this is about the legality of suicide, assisted suicide and the ethics surrounding it. The laws making suicide illegal i think are preposterous, how can you be so inclinded to tell someone who isn't 'intrested' in the game of life or in some sort of trauma or suffering to stay here. The law itself seems to mostly target people who are dying in pain and to weak to do the job, if you are capable of taking your own life, then there is nothing they can really do if you execute it right. And i hear people talk about, you know, how there parents would be devastated and it is selfish for him to kill himself, but maybe it is the parents who are selfish, if they understood what there son or elder or whatever the situation was experiencing they would understand. (and if it was legal maybe there son could actually open up to his parents without being sent to a mental hospital). Also i think just in general suicide should be a personal choice and shouldn't be so badly judged by society labeling people as quitters, weak..etc

    Sorry if this thread is not nicely constructed, delete it mods if you think it is not worthy of the debate section.

  2. Post #2
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    Venezuelan's Avatar
    September 2011
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    What is the debate about? The legality of suicide?

    I don't think I've ever actually seen a story where someone attempted suicide and got in legal trouble after.

  3. Post #3
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    Hyzo's Avatar
    February 2008
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    If you fail at suicide you clearly don't want to die or you're just not physically capable of suicide(crippled etc.), because honestly, it's not that hard(Other than mentally, in which it might be challenging).

    Also this thread is sort of about this subject, http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1126422 .

  4. Post #4
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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    On one hand I can see how it could be considered selfish to take your own life and leave everyone behind with feelings of mourning, regret, guilt, emptiness, etc. etc. and whatever, and I used to agree that it's a horrible thing to do to people

    but then I read this thread

    People say suicide is selfish. I think it's selfish to ask people to continue living painful and miserable lives, just so you possibly won't feel sad for a week or two. Suicide may be a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but it's also a permanent solution to a ~23 year-old problem that grows more intense and overwhelming every day.

    Some people are just dealt bad hands in this life. I know many people have it worse than I do, and maybe I'm just not a strong person, but I really did try to deal with this. I've tried to deal with this every day for the last 23 years and I just can't fucking take it anymore.
    I don't feel the same way anymore

  5. Post #5
    flyguy88's Avatar
    July 2007
    336 Posts
    What is the debate about? The legality of suicide?

    I don't think I've ever actually seen a story where someone attempted suicide and got in legal trouble after.
    Yes, and yes plenty of doctors and family members have gotten in trouble with the law for assisted suicide, and attempted suicide.

  6. Post #6
    "We should allow child labor overseas ...the sweatshop is what is saving the 9 year old worker"
    Pepin's Avatar
    April 2007
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    If you accept that a person owns their own body, then that person must also have a right to end their life. Any type of force stopping a person from taking their life would be immoral. In the case of assisted suicide, it is perfectly acceptable given that the person allows it as there would be no force. The best way for it to work in society is through contract with a third party present. I say this because because it would be difficult to distinguish murder from assisted suicide in many cases. Some people wouldn't see this issue because most assisted suicide happens with people on their death beds, but you have to take the full issue into scope.

    Also, this issue is quite different than euthanasia, or at least the non voluntary forms. The only form euthanasia this issue comes into contact with is assisted suicide where the patient gives consent to the physician to be put down.

  7. Post #7
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    July 2007
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    If you fail at suicide you clearly don't want to die or you're just not physically capable of suicide(crippled etc.), because honestly, it's not that hard(Other than mentally, in which it might be challenging).
    The last part in the brackets proved the first part wrong.
    You're like a one-man portable debate.

    But anyway, my beliefs here (as most of you probably know from the other thread) align exactly with Pepin's. You may think that suicide is selfish and immoral but refusing someone the right to make decisions for their own body is more immoral.

  8. Post #8
    Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.

  9. Post #9
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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.
    wouldn't be exactly FABULOOOUUUUS



    (User was banned for this post ("This is not debating" - Orkel))

  10. Post #10
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    September 2009
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    I don't see how anybody would make suicide illegal.

    You can't do time when you're dead.

  11. Post #11
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    McNab's Avatar
    January 2010
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    This is not a funny subject

    please dont poke fun at it

    (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)

  12. Post #12
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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    This is not a funny subject

    please dont poke fun at it

    (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)
    sir

    please

    i have had enough of your disingenuous assertions

  13. Post #13
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    August 2007
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    This is not a funny subject

    please dont poke fun at it

    (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)

  14. Post #14
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    March 2009
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    In the words of Doug Stanhope, life is like a movie. If you've sat through half of it, and it's sucked every minute so far, it's not very likely it's going to pick up and be great at the end.



    Suicide itself can't really be illegal, you can't stop people from doing it. And prosecuting the nearly dead or suicidally depressed over their very own attempts seem immoral at best. People who aren't experienced with suicide trying to make decisions over other people doesn't really work. People look so negatively on it, there's little reason to.

  15. Post #15
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    Dennab
    November 2009
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    Suicide is eh


    After attempting it myself I'm glad I'm still here today, life was shit, but it (in most cases) gets better. But when you're that low it seems like the best idea in the world.

  16. Post #16
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    March 2009
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    This is not a funny subject

    please dont poke fun at it

    (not referencing to anything just putting it out there)
    Making fun of things is some peoples way of getting over things. Plus, anything is funny under the right context.

  17. Post #17
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    November 2009
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    I dunno, if you can put suicide in the moral category then you can put assisted suicide in too. It really depends on are you able to make decisions about yourself that affect it in such a way, does your ownership over yourself extend to ending your own life?

    I'm still undecided though. I can see a big problem with the legality of it if people can do it on an uninformed basis but personally I can understand someone wanting to die. I think it's highly ill-advised but I wouldn't put it in a completely immoral category, it has it's places.

  18. Post #18
    Rad McCool's Avatar
    August 2009
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    It's stupid to think suicide is selfish or cowardly. You've got a person who's obviously feeling very bad. And the solution would be to shower that person with guilt? That just solves everything? That's bullshit. It's much more selfish to force someone to live in misery just so you don't have to "get sad".

  19. Post #19
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    March 2010
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    I always get upset when people say "Suicide is selfish" rather than realizing the state the person must've been in or what they must've been going through to have committed suicide in the first place. It just seems disrespectful.

    Edited:

    It's stupid to think suicide is selfish or cowardly. You've got a person who's obviously feeling very bad. And the solution would be to shower that person with guilt? That just solves everything? That's bullshit. It's much more selfish to force someone to live in misery just so you don't have to "get sad".
    Couldn't agree more.

  20. Post #20
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    October 2007
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    You can't really make suicide illegal.

  21. Post #21
    Caesar's Avatar
    November 2010
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    For the most part, I think suicide is an incredibly selfish thing to do. I understand that people have different problems, but it causes such pain to family and friends. A boy in my old school hung himself in his garage and his little brother found him. It just strikes me as purely selfish.

    (Obviously some people are not in the right state of mind to be held accountable for it, however).

  22. Post #22
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    For the most part, I think suicide is an incredibly selfish thing to do. I understand that people have different problems, but it causes such pain to family and friends. A boy in my old school hung himself in his garage and his little brother found him. It just strikes me as purely selfish.

    (Obviously some people are not in the right state of mind to be held accountable for it, however).
    That's the worst argument against suicide. It's not selfish, it's selfish of you and everyone around that person to tie them down to a world that they clearly don't want to be in because you can't handle being sad for a few weeks or days.

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    bit of an awkward video because of the make up, but a good point

  24. Post #24
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    July 2010
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    The government should just install suicide booths on the corners of streets.

  25. Post #25
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    March 2008
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    What about people who decide to take someone with them as they commit suicide?
    That is, they kill someone, attempt to commit suicide and fail and are caught?
    With the law as it is at the moment, they would be convicted for murder, but that doesn't seem right to me. They were trying to kill theirself, but instead are put into prison for the rest of their life. And what good would that do them?

  26. Post #26
    "We should allow child labor overseas ...the sweatshop is what is saving the 9 year old worker"
    Pepin's Avatar
    April 2007
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    This whole debate about it being selfish doesn't matter. Even if an individual is being selfish in committing suicide, they have full right to be selfish.

    Well'p. Heres the way I see it. Its illegal to try, and do so(sucide, or attempt). Now thats all fine and dandy but making it LEGAL wouldn't exactly be.. Uuuuh.
    Make an argument.

    What about people who decide to take someone with them as they commit suicide?
    That is, they kill someone, attempt to commit suicide and fail and are caught?
    With the law as it is at the moment, they would be convicted for murder, but that doesn't seem right to me. They were trying to kill theirself, but instead are put into prison for the rest of their life. And what good would that do them?
    You can't charge a dead man and the issues of suicide don't not coincide with the issues of murder. All you are really doing is pointing out is that the law it pointless when someone murders someone and then commits suicide because there is no way to charge the person. In the same way, isn't a law against suicide pointless when someone commits suicide?

  27. Post #27
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    March 2008
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    You can't charge a dead man and the issues of suicide don't not coincide with the issues of murder. All you are really doing is pointing out is that the law it pointless when someone murders someone and then commits suicide because there is no way to charge the person. In the same way, isn't a law against suicide pointless when someone commits suicide?
    No, what if someone kills someone and tries, and fails, to kill theirself straight afterwards?

  28. Post #28
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    Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission

  29. Post #29
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    March 2008
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    Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission
    Uh... Why? It's their choice, not anyone elses.

  30. Post #30
    sa2fan's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission
    I doubt people would say "Yeah, go ahead, kill yourself."

  31. Post #31
    I do it all
    fruxodaily's Avatar
    November 2010
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    Suicide is your last gateway to escape from everything terrible in the world, though it's take when you have friends, families and other agencies to help you out, you'd only use it for a last resort.

    Hell, if all my family, friends and others died I'd might as well shove a bullet in my brain but how can one do it? How can one wake up or even think today is the day I die, how.

  32. Post #32
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    July 2008
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    A classmate of mine committed suicide last friday, his little sister found him dead in his room. Apparently he was depressed for a while but never showed it at school.
    I don't agree on doing it because of depression, but if you are a potato or in immense pain it should be legal.

  33. Post #33
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    Block's Avatar
    December 2006
    780 Posts
    I don't understand why you would kill yourself. You're going to die in the end anyways.
    If you play a game of pinball and happen to do bad in the start, you don't get your coin back if you walk away. So might as well play it out and see how it goes.

  34. Post #34
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    July 2008
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    I don't understand why you would kill yourself. You're going to die in the end anyways.
    If you play a game of pinball and happen to do bad in the start, you don't get your coin back if you walk away. So might as well play it out and see how it goes.
    you don't seem to understand depression at all

  35. Post #35
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    March 2008
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    A classmate of mine committed suicide last friday, his little sister found him dead in his room. Apparently he was depressed for a while but never showed it at school.
    I don't agree on doing it because of depression, but if you are a potato or in immense pain it should be legal.
    The problem with the potato argument is that it's difficult to make certain that THEY are the ones choosing to die.

  36. Post #36
    Dennab
    August 2009
    7,295 Posts
    Your body is your own, you should have the final say in any debate about what should be done with it, if you decide you want to kill it that's your decision. You might disagree with someone's choice to end themselves or not but it's their choice, not yours.

  37. Post #37
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    September 2009
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    I don't really see how you can make suicide "illegal" apart from assisted suicide, but that's really a whole other case to me. Assisted suicide is fine if they are medically suffering a pain that cannot be treated, etc. (If you want more on this, see the assisted suicide thread)

    As for plain suicide, that's really debatable. People DO have the right to do as they wish to their body and I respect that. Whether it be hurting it or healing it, it's their choice really. You see that a lot nowadays, people trying to tell others what to do and what not to do with their body.

    Although with suicide you have a completely irreversible effect that may or may not harm/sadden the people around them. Plus suicide is a common thing among teens, at that age they don't think clearly (as well as normally suicidal people most of the time) and are very prone to making a stupid mistake that could probably be gotten over (not saying depression is easy to suck up and deal with, it's just their could be hope past it)

    Allowing or accepting suicide could also be fatal. Suppose a person is ready to kill themselves, they may decide to do something drastic as payback or to do one last crazy thing. And by that I mean any crime pretty much. Stealing a car, killing a hated bully or coworker, or other random acts like those. Now, that doesn't apply to every suicidal person, chances are they are too depressed to do something like that but it's still a possibility.

  38. Post #38
    "We should allow child labor overseas ...the sweatshop is what is saving the 9 year old worker"
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    No, what if someone kills someone and tries, and fails, to kill theirself straight afterwards?
    So the person is still alive? Well, if it was a murder, then the person should be charged with murder. If the person was just carrying out an assisted suicide and just trying to commit suicide after, then there should be no legal charges. Again, this could get at bit complicated which is why contracts with a third party present would make the most sense with assisted suicide, so that it can be known that there was consent given.

    Suicide should be legal in my opinion as long as the person who wants to take his/her life asks all the people he/she knows permission
    Do other people have a right to my body?

  39. Post #39
    Atlascore's Avatar
    June 2011
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    It's stupid to think suicide is selfish or cowardly. You've got a person who's obviously feeling very bad. And the solution would be to shower that person with guilt? That just solves everything? That's bullshit. It's much more selfish to force someone to live in misery just so you don't have to "get sad".
    I agree 100% with this.

  40. Post #40
    honestly "its their choice" is stupid

    they're mentally unstable, seriously, just going "its their choice" encourages it and doesn't help at all

    suicide isn't a natural feeling at all, its a sign that THEY NEED HELP