The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide

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Brittany Maynard was given six months to live after being diagnosed with the deadliest form of brain cancer; she had recently just turned 29. To make matters worse, doctors had told her she would suffer from the tumor in a slow and painful manner before succumbing to death. Maynard decided she would die on November 1, a few days after her husband’s birthday under physician-assisted suicide. Unfortunately, she had to relocate from California, where her friends and family lived, to Oregon in order to fall under the “Die With Dignity” act. According to, only four states in the whole country have legalized assisted suicide. Unfortunately, there are many like Maynard, who have to relocate and leave their home or go through a long and strenuous court battle to receive this treatment plant. This is due to the disapproval of physician-assisted suicide. Ana Acton, the Executive Director at FREED Center for Independent Living, is one of the many opponents against this practice. In “The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide,” published in, Acton argues against the practice of physician-assisted suicide. She begins her argument by declaring, “Physician assisted suicide disproportionately affects the poor.” With this in mind, she believes the underprivileged would take advantage of this practice because of their inability to pay for treatment. Also, in order to further argue her opposition towards physician-assisted suicide, she argues,

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