The Pros And Cons Of Death With Dignity

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Everyday people all over America are becoming sick. They are hearing from their physician that they have a terminal-illness. This surprising news often leaves individuals with difficult decisions they were told they have an estimated amount of time left to live. These terminally-ill patients are faced with many struggles. This may include but is not limited to incurable pain, loss of bodily functions, or losing portions of their body. No matter what their ailment is, they should be allowed to make their own life choices. One, out of the many options that these patients have, is called Death with Dignity. Death with Dignity is an act that was created to give those individuals whom are mentally competent that have been diagnosed terminally-ill …show more content…
Oregon has set the stage for the other states as well as any state that votes the approval for this law. For example, in Oregon in order for a patient to receive the lethal prescriptions, he or she must be a resident of the state and be at least 18 years old (Barone). The patient is required to have the ability to communicate and make competent decisions for his or her self (Barone). The individual must be diagnosed terminally-ill along with an estimate of only six months to live (Barone). The patient’s request will need to be signed by two witnesses and he or she will have to wait an estimate of 15 days to receive the prescription. This grace period of waiting is a requirement because it will allow the patient the time to change their mind, if he or she so chooses, which they can do at any time, during or after the 15 day grace period (Barone). These guidelines should be available to all terminally-ill patients throughout America in order for them to receive any lethal …show more content…
Though she is only one out of the hundreds of individuals that took advantage of the Death with Dignity law, she made her story viral. She was diagnosed with brain cancer on January 1st, 2014 while she was living in California (Sanburn). She had been experiencing severe headaches for quite some time before becoming diagnosed with the terminal illness. Not too long after the original diagnosis, she was told she had six months to live. Her and her family made the decision to move to Oregon when Brittany began to ponder on the idea of the Death with Dignity law. After moving, she chose to spend her time with her loved ones, traveled the world, and researched about the Death with Dignity law. Brittany met the requirements and qualified for the Death with Dignity law. She received her prescription to take when they time was right for her and her family. Brittany and her husband, Dan feel so strongly about the Death with Dignity law. They spread the word about the law and express that there is some sort of comfort in knowing that individuals do not have to suffer through the end of their illness. If they are feeling ready and the pain is unbearable, they have the choice to end their suffering. It is believed that Brittany Maynard brought the idea of Death with Dignity back into the picture for other states (Sanburn). Eventually, this may be an option for all Americans no matter which state they reside

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