Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death

       Is it me, or were you also disturbed by Brittany Maynard's suicide?  I read aish.com's response Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death  which I found powerful.  I know that I was disturbed by it.  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks you have heard of Brittany Maynard at 29 has decided to commit suicide rather than have treatment for her brain cancer. On November 1 she took a deadly dose prescribed by a doctor to commit suicide in Oregon.
       As it is doctors don't always want to do as much as we would like to help people live longer with medical care for serious illnesses so now this young woman is glorifying suicide. Will it become acceptable to commit suicide for those who suffer from depression? Will they close down the suicide hotlines?  Would it  be more comfortable to die than suffer with depression? Where does one draw the line? Even if what Brittany Maynard did was acceptable , why did she make it so public? It feels like there was an agenda.
     When older people decide that they have had enough treatment and opt out of more procedures due to illness it is a lot different than what Brittany Maynard did. Refusing treatment eventually made them pass on, but they did not actually cause their own deaths. She went the extra mile. If she just stopped treatment it would have been one thing, but suicide.... I do not think that that was the right thing to do. That's my 2 cents, not that anyone is asking. Suicide is not brave, living with whatever life throws you is brave.


Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

First, when it comes to euthanasia, I have no problem with Chinese kids.
Get it? GET IT?
Anyway - ahem - one must first differentiate between the mentally ill and the mentally sound. No one is talking about shutting down suicide lines or letting depressed people off themselves because they are considered incapable of making that decision due to their illness.
However the euthanasia crowd say that a mentally sound person should be allowed to make that decision. If they have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness like cancer and want to end things while they're still independent and feeling well to avoid all suffering then this crowd feels they should be allowed to.
In the absence of a Divine code of law that says our lives are not our own it is hard to argue against them.

Anonymous said...

Matt Walsh has written a couple very powerful pieces on the topic which you should definitely check out. http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/11/05/brittany-maynard-inspire-us-oppose-euthanasia-cases/

My personal thought is if someone wants to kill themselves, have fun. Lets just not make a hero out of them.

frum single female said...

Sadly it is true MGH.
Professor- I will check that out.

Wondering Minds said...

She was given a few months to live, a few months earlier. Her pain was getting worse, and she was becoming more and more of a burden on those around her.
She took the brave step of speeding up the process (by only about 5-10 days at that point), and made her ending peaceful, and easy on those around her.