Assisted suicides have been outlawed in 46 states while only four will grant a request like this. An assisted suicide occurs when a doctor will give a patient with a terminal illness, who has given consent and made the request, a lethal dose of drugs. Though research and hard work has given us many medicines to help heal and preserve lives, there are still those who can’t be healed and their illnesses can’t be reversed. Some of these people don’t want to live a life where they can’t do anything or a life where they keep getting treatment for something that won’t heal.
There has been news coverage of Brittany Maynard, a terminal cancer patient, who recently ended her life. She moved to Oregon so she could use the Death-with-Dignity Law to have an assisted suicide. Though she ended her life, her family supported her because they were proud that she lived a full life instead of fearing to live life once she only had an estimated six months left. I support her choice and want to believe that if I was ever in this situation, that I could have the strength to do the same.