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February 20, 2009
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Suicide Machine view 2 by Decarabia69 Suicide Machine view 2 by Decarabia69
12 inches X 12 inches, acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas.

I've been thinking lately of the Right-to-Life movement and their objections to abortion and have wondered how they would feel about assisted suicide?

I'm very aware of medical ethics and how those ethics are determined according religious influence, but what if suicide on demand were made a national policy? What would the implications be on our own society? Of course even among assisted suicide advocates there would have to be a series of set rules and regulations outlining assisted suicide, but I can't help but wonder if the same fervor and outrage would hold for terminally ill patients as does for aborted fetuses.

This is a second view to show the thickness and continued paint scheme of the gallery-wrapped canvas.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I really like this piece and the idea. The background is well done. I'd have to agree with Lea5000 in regards to assisted suicide in terminal medical situations.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Yes, I think the majority of us agree - it's a hard fact of life that sometimes life just isn't worth living. Painful terminal illness certainly qualifies for that category.
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Yes, and it is tough to determine that some life shouldn't be prolonged, especially if it's a loved one with a painful terminal illness.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Yes, and that's unfortunately one of the hardest decisions anyone will have to make. As difficult as it may be, it's important to talk about it with loved ones BEFORE the occasion arises.

Do you remember Terri Schaivo? The whole mess surrounding her prolonged life should be a lesson to everyone. Get your wishes regarding any heroic life-saving measures down on paper BEFOREHAND. It would save you a lot of heartache and legal problems before.

I also don't think the government (in the past eight years, they've interfered with their sanctimonious objections to "the right to die") should have a word in the dying wishes of any American citizen. My painting "Bottle Babies" reflected this concern: [link]
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Yes, it would be a good idea to talk about it before, should it ever happens. Yes, I do remember hearing about the Schiavo case. I don't think the government should have a word either, they don't know the people involved personally.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
You're absolutely right, and it was pretty ridiculous that they were jumping to conclusions over her state of mind without ever had examined her. They even had congress convene under an emergency situation to pass laws regarding the right to life. Funny how they could manage to get together on short notice to pass more religious-based laws, but they couldn't move fast enough to save anyone's life during Katrina!
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Haha, good point!
kzeor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice image and I like the thoughts behind it. I have known people that were dying of terrible diseases and living was not only painful but humiliating with what their bodies were doing to them. And then there is the lady that I knew that was in a house fire and lived for a few days in agony before she died. There was no hope for either of these people. While I cannot fathom assisted suicide for my loved ones, I suppose it is out of selfishness, I can well understand these people wanting to end their agony.
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Yes, there are instances where prolonging their life is simply sadistic.
reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh and by the way:

great picture! :)
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