Monday, February 16, 2015

Debating the right to die at home

I am sure you have heard of the story of Brittany Maynard who died  with help from a prescription at home after a horrible cancer diagnosis. The real story includes he fact that she had to move from California to Oregon to do this.

Now there is another woman who is suing California for the right to die at home, and not have to move out of state to do so.

I strongly believe in the right to die at home, on my own schedule. I do not want to die full of tubes in some uncomfortable, impersonal hospital bed. When I get to the bitter end, I want to be home with a few selected people. 

If I get a diagnosis like Mrs. Maynard did, I would definitely want to be able to choose when I die and have the option to make that decision.

But I can understand why others do not share the same beliefs.  There are religions who believe in the sanctity of human life. There are others who would not want to because they want their doctors to keep trying to save them.

All I want is the right to make the decision by myself. If my health took a horrible turn from which there is no treatment, I would want to be able to consult with a doctor and a psychiatrist to make the decision and get the prescription to make the decision on when. I would not want to have to file a lawsuit to be able to do so.

It should be a matter of choice, not a legal issue.