The Debate About Ending Life
In the Fall 2014 we posted a blog about one death with dignity story with 29-year old Brittany Maynard and her controversial decision to move to Oregon where the law allows terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of barbituates. She had an inoperable brain tumor with only months to live and wanted to be able to control her own end-of-life care.
The “Death with Dignity Act” is a controversial bill that allows for legal self-euthanasia. It is aimed towards terminally ill patients, who otherwise do not have a chance to recover from untreatable diseases. The majority of the opposition is religious based, they are against assisted suicide. Some doctors are also against the bill for moral reasons, they are technically ending the patients’ lives or helping them end their own. Currently Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have passed death with dignity legislation.
A quite different death with dignity story involves Barbara Mancini who was arrested and charged with helping her dying father kill himself. Her story was rebroadcast on CBS with Anderson Cooper presenting her story and more on the end-of-life debate.
There are many issues that arise from these and other stories involving end of life situations, many of which we can identify with by putting ourselves or our loved ones in a similar scenario. We are committed to keeping these elder law issues front and center for you to think about, discuss, and prepare for now instead of at the end of life.