Brittany Maynard's Death With Dignity

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Brittany Maynard was born in Anaheim, California in 1984. Living in California her entire life, she was a motivated and driven individual. Graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Berkeley, and later getting her master’s at the University of Irvine. Maynard also traveled abroad to teach education in 3rd world countries to schools and orphanages. Brittany was 29-years-old and married, ready in preparing to build a family and life with her husband. But in January of 2014 she was diagnosed with a Grade 2 Astrocytoma which is a form brain cancer, when she was constantly getting bad headaches. She went on to have surgery in attempt to get rid of the cancer, resulting in a partial craniotomy and resection of her
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She would lose all cognitive, verbal, and motor skills. She decided that she wanted to suffer and have her family watch her suffer, deciding that Death with Dignity was the best option for her. Brittany didn’t want to die, she was not ‘suicidal’ but that she accepting that fact that she was going to die and that she wanted her death to be on her own terms. At the time, Oregon was one of the first of the five states that aided in this policy, and soon she became an advocate in aid-in-dying. While Death with Dignity is creating awareness and receiving much support, there is also many others who do not believe in allowing people in deciding their own passing. The controversy surrounding this matter creates uproar in understanding that what one chooses to do with their life, should or should not be …show more content…
He founded Oregon Death with Dignity Act in 1993. During the decade of the policy, there were definitive terms that defined the policy and what it meant to ‘die with dignity’. The state was torn into two, with the policy barely passing by 51% percent to 49% percent. There was much speculation and appeal on the policy creating a debate but with much hurdle, the federal court allowed the policy to become into effect. The entire idea of aiding in death enters in the 1900’s, showing that this issue has been constantly be questioned throughout history. I believe that educating the public about the policy and what the end-goal is for individuals with sound minds the right to choose. Involving physician’s care and expertise on if a patient is eligible and in control of their death is the hope. There were 5 states that this law is legal under the federal court: Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico. Recently California passed this legislation in September 2015 but has not yet been taken into effect. History is in the making, and the goal of this act is provide dignity, comfort, support and

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