Euthanasia, By The Medical News Network Essay

1158 Words Dec 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Euthanasia, by the medical news network, is defined as the intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable and or painful disease intended as an act of mercy, also referred to as mercy killing. Just by the definition of euthanasia, you can already tell that this topic is definitely highly controversial. Many people consider euthanasia to be killing, and while it may be just that, who’s to say that “pulling the plug” for someone who is on a ventilator and is still by law, alive, isn’t a similar decision?
Brittney Maynard was a twenty-nine-year-old woman living in California with her husband, that is until she was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma; this meant that she had a malignant brain tumor and was given six months to live. Maynard’s wish was not to die in pain but to die with dignity and without suffering the pain she knew she would endure, “I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose and go with dignity is [a lot] less terrifying,” Maynard states. Brittney Maynard, with the help of her family and the patient-advocacy group, had finally weighed all her options and decided that aid in dying was at the top of her list. The only problem with this decision was that in California euthanasia is illegal. So Maynard and her family did the only logical thing they could think of and that was to move to Portland, Oregon where it was legal. “I can’t imagine trying to rob anyone else…

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