91 year old woman investigated for selling suicide kits

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Registered: 02-10-2011
91 year old woman investigated for selling suicide kits
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 11:25am

The FBI is investigating a 91-year-old woman's mail-order suicide kits. Sharlotte Hydorn, a former elementary school science teacher, says she's 'just interested in helping people' who might otherwise suffer painful deaths. Full story...

This is one of those things I have so many mixed feelings about. While I feel that a terminally ill person should have the right to decide his or her own fate,

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Ending someone's life who has a terminal illness or in great discomfort, at their request, & signed off by at least two doctors, should, IMO, be legal.

Selling a device over the Net to anybody is reckless although Hydorn probably had good intentions.

>"The packaging, he said, disguises the device's lethalness and comes with instructions that tell users, when buying helium, to avoid suspicion by asking for party balloon tanks rather than helium tanks."<

Doesn't this person realize it called a suicide kit for a reason? Besides the butterflies on the packaging are symbolicc not a decoration per se.



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I have to agree with both you & libraone....I support death with dignity, but to just sell a 'suicide kit' over the internet to whomever - that is irresponsible.

I also don't believe that this individual had anything but the best intentions...but still...you just don't know who you're selling to.