Brittany Maynard made headlines late last year with her decision to end her life with assisted suicide after being diagnosed with a deadly and aggressive form of brain cancer. She even moved across state lines in order to legally end her life with physician assisted suicide, something which is illegal in most states.
Maynard wanted to share her battle with the world to raise awareness for this issue. Sadly, Maynard died in the months following her decision but her brave actions did not go unnoticed. California recently revived a bill which supports physician-assisted suicide, a piece of legislation that gained ground after Maynard’s story went viral.
The bill would allow anybody who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has less than 6 months to request medication that would end their life without suffering or pain according to Susan McGalla. Although, many religious organizations are staunchly opposed to the bill and are fighting to see it fail.
Modern medicine fights against death at all costs. However, when someone is in constant pain who is facing an inevitable death filled with suffering it is easy to understand why they would want to hasten the process. Unfortunately, current laws prevent those who are suffering to end their life with dignity and in comfort. Something which Maynard fought to change to help millions of others who are needlessly suffering with a terminal disease.