This is a sensitive, hot button issue that has been on the minds of liberals and conservatives for sometime. It is one of those rare issues that is not defined by party lines, but rather, it's defined by choice. The right to free will .
A woman named Brittany Maynard made headlines almost one year ago today, by championing the "Right to Die" movement.
She was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 29. She made a video chronicling her plight and why her choice to end her life should be respected.
When faced with the idea of degeneration to the point where she would end up hospitalized indefinitely, she decided she wanted to take her own life, rather than suffer. She took into account the costs, the time and the amount of round the clock care needed to sustain her as her illness would surely progress.
Maynard was unable to carry out a humane and medically respectable way to end her life, because in the state of California, the "Right to Die" is illegal.
She uprooted herself and her husband and headed to Portland, Oregon in order to carry out her wishes. The "Death With Dignity" Act protected her right to end her life.
She died November 1st of 2014 and her right to do so was called into question by politicians and morality proponents alike.
Mayor Jerry Brown of California legalized the "Aid In Dying act in California on Monday, October 5th 2015. The law protects and provides options for those who wish to die with dignity.
The protection extends to terminally ill individuals who are faced with horrific degenerative diseases. Think Lou Gehrig's / ALS, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer...those kinds of things. The diseases that force people into being dead without the relief. The bills, the care and the loss of freedom is enough to make people want to hurt themselves, just so they don't have to meet their fate as lost souls inside a broken vessel.
The "right" to die is extended to them as a legal and respected option, as I can't imagine if you were in the same situation you'd do anything differently.
The governor of California put himself in Brittany Maynard's shoes, and signed the "Aid in Dying" bill into law.
This bill has the potential to create a safer channel for those who wish to end their lives due to terminal illness.
I believe it is every person's right to end their own life. In cases like Brittany's, it is not our choice. Of course, suicide prevention on a psychological or emotional level is extremely important. I believe that everyone should live and feel like they have a purpose...but it isn't my decision whether a terminally ill person should keep on if all they're facing is a life of pain and vegetation.
I respect this law and believe it should be available to those who need its protection. It is not a political argument. It is a respect and a recognition of free will.
One of my heroes, Hunter S. Thompson killed himself in 2005 at age 67. Speculation suggests that he was getting older, not as sharp. He ended up having physical issues and he couldn't live how he wanted. His death, although more controversial, poses the same argument. He has a famous quote about suicide...assisted or not, “I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't know I could commit suicide at any time."
What do you think?