Analysis Of The Article ' Brittany Maynard, Advocate For ' Death With Dignity ' Dies ' By Catherine E.

820 Words Nov 6th, 2014 4 Pages
The United State of America is known as the land of the free. Citizens have freedom of speech and freedom of the press along with many other rights, but do Americans have the right to die? The Cable News Network, also known as CNN, has followed the story of a terminally ill woman who fought for the right to die on her own terms. The article, “Brittany Maynard, Advocate for 'Death with Dignity, ' Dies” by Catherine E. Shoichet, summarizes the controversial and complicated subject of controlling your own death in the case of terminal illness. Published on November 1, 2014, the recent article helped spread the issue throughout social media leaving many people to question if we deserve to die with dignity. Britney Maynard was a 29 year old woman from California. With a supportive husband and family, she never contemplated suicide until she was suffering with an incurable and terminal cancer. Maynard had stage four glioblastoma multiforme which caused an agonizing and untreatable tumor in her brain. Wanting to leave the world on her own terms, she sought out the Death with Dignity Act, legal in only five states. Forced to uproot her life in California to end her last days with peace, Maynard relocated to Portland, Oregon along with supportive family and friends. Oregon allows practices such as euthanasia and assisted suicide, so Maynard was able to die with dignity in a tranquil yellow house outside of the city last Saturday on November 1, 2014. Her story received excessive…

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