Dying With Dignity Analysis

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Is Dying with Dignity the Same as Dying with Decency? In order to die with dignity, she had to move to another state. She had to change her way of life just to die the way she wanted. This is just a small part of Brittany Maynard’s story. Dying with decency isn’t considered controversial, so why is dying with dignity? One should not have to change their way of life in order to die the way they want to. Dying with dignity should be legalized across the United States because it is a way to die comfortably if you can’t live to an old age, a positive process that is supported by seventy percent of Americans, and has been proven to be a way of dying that is supported by terminally ill people and their families. Dying with dignity may not be…show more content…
Dying with dignity acts across the country go against many peoples’ religious views and also can be seen as going against a doctor’s Hippocratic Oath. “It makes sense for anyone to want to end their life free of pain and on the terms they choose but morally, ‘death with dignity’ conflicts with biblical standards and anti-suicide stances” (Lariat). The bible goes against suicide and anti-suicide acts are against death with dignity because it is seen as a way to try to escape the world. Assisted suicide would also change the practice of medicine. “When physicians take the Hippocratic Oath, they swear to not play at God in their practice of medicine” (Lariat). Allowing patients to die with decency, like they wish, would go against the Hippocratic Oath and it would also change the doctor’s role as a caretaker. Even so, dying with dignity still has many…show more content…
In the book, Of Mice and Men, George kills Lennie to prevent him from ending up in prison or being lynched due to his mental illness. George wanted Lennie to die with dignity. He was even consoled by Slim after he killed Lennie. “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda” (Steinbeck). Brittany Maynard’s story also gives an interesting perspective on dying with dignity. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer and only given a few months to live. She decided that she didn’t want to end her life in pain and moved to Oregon and when she arrived she took advantage of Oregon’s dying with dignity legislation. “We should not have to suffer excruciating pain, shame or a prolonged dying process” (ABC News). Was Brittany Maynard’s decision the right one? Dying with dignity allows people to die in the comfort of their own homes, and is supported by more than half of the people in the United States. People with terminal illnesses have also supported the dying with dignity processes. The support towards dying with dignity can also been seen in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. Dying with dignity isn’t as controversial as it’s made out to be. Dying with dignity is dying with decency.
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