Brittany Maynard is a young 29-year-old woman suffering with brain cancer. Her story is hard to read about without having some level of sympathy for her and some level of agreement with her wanting the choice to choose when she will die by her own hands.
Read her story here.
I cannot imagine being in her position and having to decide these sorts of things–her family, her pain, the cost to her family, etc…
This has sparked a serious debate on human euthanasia — giving one the option of when to choose to die. This is NOT considered suicide as the method of death as it is usually decided on after medical consultation.
While I have trouble with the idea of choosing when do die, I am not in Brittany’s shoes.
We are presented with a significant challenge with this debate and here are my thoughts on those challenges.
Who decides on the applicable age at which someone can make this decision for themselves? Do we let doctors decide? The Supreme Court? The family of the affected person?
What happens with a ‘minor’ who has a terminal disease and will probably suffer before dying from this disease — who has not yet reached the age decided on above? Does that person not have this option? Do we give this option to the parents to decide for those minors? Do we let the courts decide if they can exercise this option? Is it discrimination if we don’t let a minor exercise this option?
What about people stricken with any level of dementia? They too will suffer, but who decides if they can be offered human euthanasia?
Nearly 40 years ago I watched my mother die of lung cancer. It was physically and emotionally painful for her and emotionally painful for us (my dad and our 10 siblings). I think back on that time and wonder if she would’ve wanted this option?
There is no easy answer on this, but I think before we rush to enact laws to allow it we need to consider the impact to the issues I raised above.
What do you think?
You know why Christians use the fish symbol on the back of their cars, right?
Well let’s test just how well you know the history of the fish symbol. With all that is going in in northern Iraq with ISIS killing Christians and others who won’t convert to Islam it might be very applicable today.
When we were kids – well at least when I was a kid – we had special ways of communicating with our friends. We might wave a certain wave or we might all wear the same hat or we might all have a special word that only our closest friends knew the meaning of. We did this out of friendship, but sometimes if we were playing “Cowboys and Indians” or “Cops and Robbers” we might have a special way to communicate so we knew who we could trust.
Click here to continue reading this story to see how Christians needed a special way to communicate.