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We donít let animals suffer, says Prof. Stephen Hawking as he backs assisted suicide
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:05PM BST 17 Sep 2013 | Claire Duffin

Posted on 09/17/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Professor Stephen Hawking, the scientist, has given his backing to the legalization of assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Prof. Hawking, 71, who has motor neuron disease, said, “We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?”

In an interview, he said he believed those who helped loved ones die should escape prosecution if they were suffering from a terminal illness and in pain. …

“But there must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life, and they are not being pressurized into it or have it done without their knowledge and consent, as would have been the case with me,” he added, referring to an incident in 1985 when he was placed on a life support machine. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: assistedsuicide; bye; euthanasia; stephenhawking

1 posted on 09/17/2013 10:06:14 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Lead the way Professor and let it know how it worked out for you. We can maybe do a seance.


2 posted on 09/17/2013 10:07:29 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Olog-hai

You’re saying it’s their call...so why are you inserting your two cents. MYOB


3 posted on 09/17/2013 10:08:21 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

The modernist culture loves death. Just worships it.


4 posted on 09/17/2013 10:08:37 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: Olog-hai

Has he volunteered?

who gets to decide suffering?

Would these be “doctors”? I hope not.


5 posted on 09/17/2013 10:08:39 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

That’s the problem, you see. It becomes a societal norm, and then the first thing you know, people are thinking, and saying, that it’s your “duty” to get out of the way for the next generation. “Gosh, we can’t buy that new house yet, Granny’s being sooooo selfish and grasping and just won’t off herself so we can get the inheritance!”


6 posted on 09/17/2013 10:09:31 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Olog-hai

I certainly wouldn’t want to live the way Hawking does. Clearly he’s suffering greatly....


7 posted on 09/17/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Do like that Castro creep in Ohio. Give ‘em a rope then put on a Suicide Watch. Probably could sell admission tickets.


8 posted on 09/17/2013 10:10:34 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Olog-hai

You will get an argument from some here, but people and animals are not the same in God’s plan.


9 posted on 09/17/2013 10:12:22 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Robwin

They have that in common with the Muslim terrorists. Meanwhile, the Bible says “all they that hate me (i.e. God) love death” (Proverbs 8:36).


10 posted on 09/17/2013 10:13:42 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Seems like the old boy is getting ready to check out.


11 posted on 09/17/2013 10:15:56 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Olog-hai

Hey Dr. Stevie... The logical progression of what you are supporting is that we don’ allow mentally or physically impaired fetuses to be “punished” with a lifetime of pain and suffering. Guess what that would have meant for you, Sparky? Stick with making wild ass guesses about the creation of the universe, you dumbass...


12 posted on 09/17/2013 10:28:09 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Olog-hai

stephen to be honest if we took you line of reasoning you’d have been dead or stuck in a bedroom for years, once your disease seriously immobilized you. decades ago. seems like you have still wanted to live and do things even though you’re locked in a wheelchair all this time.


13 posted on 09/17/2013 10:37:28 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Common Sense 101
... Stick with making wild ass guesses about the creation of the universe, you dumbass...

Hawkings may be a mathematical genius, but when it comes to common sense and wisdom, you have nailed him - dumbass.

14 posted on 09/17/2013 10:38:14 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Olog-hai

Professor Hawkings has not lived in the real world for
a very long time....presuming he ever did.

Asking him about anything other than questions regarding
physics or cosmology is like asking Rainman anything besides
math questions and when Judge Wopner is on TV.


15 posted on 09/17/2013 10:40:45 AM PDT by nvscanman
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To: Robwin
The modernist culture loves death. Just worships it.

Or as God has said "he who hates me loves death." Proverbs 8:36

16 posted on 09/17/2013 12:29:17 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Olog-hai

I should have read further down the comments before I posted my post. I didn’t see your post.


17 posted on 09/17/2013 12:32:17 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Common Sense 101

—Guess what that would have meant for you, Sparky? —

In the world that the progressive totalitarians are striving to create, Hawking would have been aborted or killed shortly after birth after being designated as a “useless eater”.


18 posted on 09/17/2013 12:33:20 PM PDT by JoeTheGeorgian
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To: CommerceComet

We eat the animals after we kill them. Does the professor’s logic extend that far?


19 posted on 09/17/2013 12:36:56 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: JoeTheGeorgian

Yeppers... brilliant, ain’t he?!


20 posted on 09/17/2013 12:38:31 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Olog-hai

Here we have a very simple contrast between those who believe in Biblical principles and those who don’t. Hawking is following his beliefs where they lead. I believe as the Bible affirms that humans were created in God’s image and animals were not. Jesus affirms it again when he says we are “worth more than many sparrows.”

As Biblically based values decline we see our nation devolve.


21 posted on 09/17/2013 12:48:32 PM PDT by Drawsing
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To: Olog-hai

The stupidity of genius.


22 posted on 09/17/2013 12:59:31 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Olog-hai
"We won't let animals suffer"

Leftists always say that humans are nothing more than animals and should never strive to be more than an animal. What kind of idiot weakens and devalues a species IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE? If destruction is the objective of science then why isn't Hitler considered to be a better scientist than Einstein?

A sane person would use science to elevate a species, make them more advanced and powerful. Alas we live in a world filled with lunatics and idiots. I often wonder why God doesn't just destroy us all. It's not like we're ever going to amount to anything.
23 posted on 09/17/2013 6:20:47 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: trubolotta; Secret Agent Man
Hawkings may be a mathematical genius, but when it comes to common sense and wisdom, you have nailed him - dumbass.

I can only conclude that hawking doesn't give a damn about his research. If he considered it worthwhile then even suffering would be worth it.

He only does physics because it comes easily to him....but he has the heart of a loser.
24 posted on 09/17/2013 6:24:11 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Olog-hai

I have read the first two dozen posts on this thread, and find none I disagree with. Stephen Hawkings needs to get his $hit together and learn to live. It is not about physics or mathematics, it is about living. God created us to live.

Short of that, he needs to fine Dr K...or a loaded pistol...what, he doesn’t have the stomach to pull the trigger? Sad for him.


25 posted on 09/17/2013 6:44:23 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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