Death With Dignity

Death has always been an uneasy topic for me to deal with and losing friends and family members, naturally and unnaturally, has only made this topic more awkward. One of the biggest issues for me is the unknowing that comes with death including how, when, and where my own death with happen. I have recently learned about the interesting act in Oregon and possibly soon Washington called the Death with Dignity Act. This act says that in the state of Oregon doctors can write prescriptions of lethal medications for terminally ill patients. There are many qualifications to be eligible to participate in this program. Some of these qualifications include being at least 18 years old, have a terminal illness that will take your life within six months, this prognosis has to be confirmed by two, licensed physicians, the patient must ask twice with fifteen days in between the asking dates, and, lastly, the patient must submit a written document stating their choice to voluntarily end their life also signed by two witnesses. The patient must also be considered in the correct mind state to make the decision, and it cannot be made by anyone else including family. This has in no doubt created a wave a varied opinions, and it got me thinking about what I would wanted for myself or if a family member decided to choice this option. It is interesting because this is not considered euthanasia because the patient administers the medication themselves and cannot be assisted by any other individual. If I were in the last stages of my life I would have mixed feelings about ending my life earlier than it would already be taken. Personally, I would want to be with my family as long as possible. At the same time, I would want to be in control of my own fate. Is this a personal choice or freedom issue or is this a possible slippery-slope to other measures allowing death?

themanicmind themanicmind
22-25, F
1 Response Mar 5, 2009

with nearly 1/3 of our population facing death and a great increase in alzheimer's disease this issue will become VERY important....Death is fair, it does not discriminate and it is the great equalizer....nothing you can do about it so why worry?