Legalizing The Death With Dignity Act

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The story of Brittany Maynard continues to sweep the nation and has sparked a highly controversial debate concerning the legality and ethicality of assisting in one’s death. When twenty-nine year old Maynard was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and given less than six months to live, she made the difficult decision to pick up and move to Portland, Oregon. Oregon exists as one of only four states that have legalized assisted suicide (Egan 60-64). In Oregon, she legally ended her battle with cancer in a dignified manner (Egan 60-64). The American Heritage Dictionary defines euthanasia as, “the action of inducing the painless death of a person for reasons assumed to be merciful” (Morris 453). There are more people than just Maynard who are strong proponents of legalizing the death with dignity act. When People Magazine published her account, an outpouring of support and opposition for the debate aroused on social media (Miller 02). While legalizing euthanasia allows relief from pain and suffering for terminally ill patients, legalization could lead to a misuse of the law.
To begin, statistics indicate that the implementation of euthanasia is necessary, and the regulations are unbending. The death with dignity act in Oregon has remained in place for seventeen years according to a National Post article published in 2014. Since the law was enacted in 1997, Oregon has yet to document any cases of abuse or any requests to extend the law (Belchetz 10). Additionally, Oregon has seen no…

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