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posted by Joel Kight in Local

Is assisted suicide the answer?

November 8, 2011

Last week, I saw a story about Wyatt Knight, the actor who played "Tommy" in the Porky's movies. Knight had passed away from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.  I remember watching the "Porky's" movies as a kid (without my mother's knowledge of course) and I have to admit I enjoyed them as any teenage boy would. 

Knight was 56 years old and had been suffering from Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He had been in so much pain and was so miserable that he took his own life.

Read Knight's obituary at losangeles.cbslocal.com.

Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court took up a case about the ban on publicy advertising assisted suicide. Read that story at www.OnlineAthens.com.

Knight was in so much pain that he felt his only way out was to take his own life.  Worse, he died alone without his family.  If assisted suicide had been an option for him, perhaps he could have died in his own bed with his family surrounding him.  He would have died on his own terms.

Knight died alone. 

What are your feelings about assisted suicide?  Should a person be able to choose when and how they die? Are there other options for those who are terminally ill and in extreme pain?

What are the answers?

 

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