Brittany Maynard had a terminal brain tumor and, at the age of 29, swallowed a barbiturate cocktail prescribed by her doctor and ended her life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Many Conservatives – particularly religious ones – became angry and judgmental after her suicide because, they said, her life was God’s gift to her and thus not hers to end and suggested some sort of “slippery slope” would lead to Government-run death camps.
In her own words:
‘When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they’ve decided is best for me, it hurts,’ she said, ‘because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up.’
Maynard also revealed that her health has been deteriorating and described a recent ‘terrifying’ day when she had two seizures and found herself unable to say her husband’s name.
‘I think sometimes people look at me and they think. ‘Well you don’t look as sick as you say you are,’ which hurts to hear, because when I’m having a seizure and I can’t speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am,’ she said.
Assuming her life was a “gift” from God, let’s look at the the word “gift” means:
When someone gives you something, it is yours to do with as you please. Giving someone something then trying to tell someone what to do with it or how to treat it is not truly selfless.
Many say that her death is a “slippery slope” that will somehow lead to Logan’s Run where the Government will condemn everyone to death at a certain age or doctors will be compelled to kill their patients or face disbarment.
Talk about jumping to extremes.
Conservatives need to understand that someone should be allowed to die the way they want to die. Brittany could have bought a gun and eaten a bullet but she didn’t want to go out like that. She had terminal Cancer that was causing her some very real pain and discomfort and she didn’t want to continue in that state and get worse.
How was that not her choice?