I also have some problem with the rules for physician-assisted-suicide, or even for the rules for deciding when to “pull the plug” and let nature take its course, or when or stop therapeutic care and switch to strictly palliative care.
The problem I see is in the common rule that such choices are NOT available to someone who is depressed.
Well, damn, I would think that someone who is facing a death, and furthermore a slow agonizing one (like with some forms of cancer, e.g.) would damn likely be depressed about it. Also, depression comes in all manner of degrees and levels.
What about someone who has a long history of depression, who then gets really sick. Should a history of depression condemn the patient to a slow agonizing death?
What is the logic behind this common rule? As best I can make it out, the theory is that a depressed person is not mentally competent to make such a decision. If that is set in stone as a hard-and-fast knee-jerk rule (is it?), then that’s just stupid.