Some new state laws have changed the Nation’s views on suicide. Does this law make it legal to commit suicide? Technically, yes. It’s called “death with dignity”. In certain states, it is legal to end your life with the death with dignity process, otherwise known as assisted dying. There are certain rules in place that one must follow to receive medically assisted suicide, but it is legal.  However, to receive this treatment, you have to be terminally ill. This process is meant for people that want to die on their own terms, without the suffering. The person must at least be 18 years of age, a resident of either Oregon, Washington, or Vermont, capable of making health decisions for themselves, and be diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months. Once a person’s request for medically assisted suicide is approved, a doctor gives you medication that will make you will fall asleep about ten minutes after drinking it. You will feel no pain, and will die about 1-3 hours into your sleep.

I’ve had never met somebody with stage four Cancer or any other terminal illness, but I do know a few people that have health issues. I want to say that I could understand the need to stop suffering and end your life, but I couldn’t. I’m an optimist. There have been many miracles and recoveries of people that are declared terminally sick. Why not spend more time with your family if you have a limited amount of time left? I know this is morbid, but every day we are all a day closer to dying. The doctors don’t like this either. As a doctor, they took an oath to not bring harm to any patient, and to always try their best to treat and help their patients. By helping their patients commit suicide, they may feel that they broke their oath, and failed their duty.

Something I have grown up hearing is my grandmother’s saying, “Where there is life, there is hope.” This saying always stuck with me. As long as you’re alive there is hope. In my opinion, there is still hope, even if you have stage 4 Cancer and have two weeks to live. Miracles happen.

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