[ExI] Right to Suicide

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 23:58:25 UTC 2016

On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 10:23 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>
> If an 18 year old tells the doctor he plans to kill himself because his
> girlfriend left him, and the doctor helps him to do so after determining it
> is his choice, should that be both legal and ethical?

### I would not want to get my branding mixed up with dealing death. My
brand, as a physician, is of somebody you go to to protect your life and
heal your illness. Assisted suicide should be done by non-physicians,
ideally impartial counselors, thanaticians, who would get paid if they
persuade you not to die but also would get paid if you kill yourself with
their help.

But yes, anybody not bound by a freely given oath (such as an oath of
military service) should have the right to spend his money on a
thanatician. This would avoid messiness, no rotting bodies found in
apartments when rent is unpaid, might relieve the organ shortage, and most
importantly would avoid arbitrary interference in sacred freedoms of
humans, the freedom of association, the freedom of trade, and the freedom
of property.

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