The Debate On Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

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The debate on physician-assisted suicide is an ongoing one with many social influences. Only 5 states in the United States authorize Death with Dignity, an end-of-life option for mentally competent, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live. It enables patients to use the medical practice of aid in dying: able to request and receive a prescription from a physician for medication that could be self-ingested to end his or her dying process if it becomes unbearable.
On November 1st, 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard practiced her right to die with dignity in Portland, Oregon surrounded by her loved ones in her home. Suffering from a terminal brain tumor, stage 4 glioblastoma, Maynard chose to live out her final months traveling and appreciating her loved ones instead of enduring chemotherapy and radiation that would never cure her, only prolong the inevitable, while decreasing her quality of life immensely. Once Maynard made the choice to die with dignity, she was forced to uproot herself and family from California to Oregon in order to take advantage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law. She had to make a monumental number of changes in order to make use of the law, including finding new physicians, establishing residency in Portland, searching for a new home, obtaining a new driver 's license, changing her voter registration and making appropriate adjustments to move her life to her new Oregon home. The vast majority of families, however, do not…

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