The Pros And Cons Of Death With Dignity

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(Insert Title) Imagine for a second. In the midst of your 30’s enjoying what life has to offer. After all those years of being in school and putting in the hard work, a dream job was finally achieved. Along with that, a spouse and a loving family is also given. Life may be challenging but it brings many rewards. It seems like a rollercoaster that never stops going up, life couldn’t get any better. However, happily ever afters aren’t always as they seem. At a regular doctor checkup, horrifying news is told. A brain tumor has been growing for who knows how many months and terminal brain cancer is diagnosed. The doctors say that life will end abruptly in 2-4 years, the process is slow and extremely painful. What are the options? People who are…show more content…
Their goal is to raise awareness about Death with Dignity as well as expanding the law to all 50 states. Oregon is known as the pioneers of Death with Dignity. They were the first state to make it legal and they are also creating a push for the law. Besides the U.S, “...only a handful of European countries, Colombia and five American states allow some form of doctor-assisted dying” (The Economist). There are millions of people who are dying each year of terminal cancer, and the pain is none the less agonizing. Assisted suicide is their best option of an amicable death. Many will argue that assisted suicide is immoral because you are destroying life by choice, you could live on but you would rather not. Death with Dignity, “...expands the freedom of all qualified terminally ill Americans to make their own end-of-life decisions, including how they die;” (Death With Dignity). This decision is completely someone’s personal decision and is rightfully so. For example, Brittany Maynard recently passed away. In 2014, she was told she had terminal brain cancer and only had 3 or 5 years to live. By 10 months, things were not getting better. “Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who said she had terminal brain cancer, took medication to end her life under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act,” Before she had passed away, Brittany said a very intellectual…show more content…
Social as assisted suicide with the surrounding environment, more so the political world. Death with Dignity has much to do with ethics and laws. In the past decade, there have been hundreds of court cases dealing with assisted suicide. The only legal states where it is allowed is Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Vermont. As of October 2015, “California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown” (Washington Post). In the other 45 states, court cases are being battled on whether or not it is ethical for a terminally ill patient to die with prescribed medicine. State laws are also being discussed. In the Supreme Court of Montana of 2009, Baxter vs. State took place. A brief overview of the case, Robert Baxter, a retired truck driver from Billings who was terminally ill with lymphocytic leukemia with diffuse lymphadenopathy. Robert was being treated with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, which became less effective over time. As a result of the disease and treatment, Baxter suffered from a variety of symptoms, including infections, chronic fatigue and weakness, anemia, night sweats, nausea, massively swollen glands, significant ongoing digestive problems and generalized pain and discomfort. These symptoms lessened the effect of chemotherapy. There was no cure for the disease and no hopes of
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