Siya Kumar. Dying With Dignity. . Imagine Yourself With

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Siya Kumar

Dying with Dignity

Imagine yourself with a terminal illness. It has been confirmed that you will die in a few months, and there is nothing that can be done to change that. You have two options- you can wait to die a natural but terrifyingly painful death where you lose your eyesight, burn the hair off your scalp and become paralyzed without the ability to walk, or you can die peacefully in the company of your friends and family. Which would you choose? “I am not suicidal. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.” These were the words of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old from California. About an year after getting married, she was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme.
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Whereas, in voluntary euthanasia, the physician plays an active role in putting the patient to sleep, usually accomplished by giving a lethal injection. Dr. Jack Kevorkian, nicknamed “Doctor Death” due to his assistance of 130 terminally ill patients to end their lives, had made it his goal in life to influence the prohibition of both active euthanasia and assisted suicide in America. In 1999, the 72 year-old was arrested for second degree murder and sentenced to prison for 10 to 25 years. Doctors that practice euthanasia continue to risk charges of murder for helping individuals with a terminal illness that provided full consent to hasten their death. His arrest was unjust considering that Dr. Kevorkian had videotaped every patient verbally providing their consent. Physician assisted suicide is only legal in six states across America which are Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, California and New Mexico. Euthanasia is illegal in most of the United States. This is a struggle for many patients because they must move to one of these states in order to gain access to the opportunity of dying with dignity.

If a person has the right to life, then they should also have the right to death. The right to speech includes the right to remain silent, the right to vote includes the right to abstain. Therefore, the right to the choice of death is included in the right

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