View Full Version : Brittany Maynard has ended her life

11-03-2014, 01:18 PM
Terminally ill woman has ended her life

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who decided to commit assisted suicide after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, took her own life this weekend with a lethal dose of prescribed drugs, a spokesman said Sunday.

“She passed peacefully in her bed surrounded by close family and loved ones,” said Sean Crowley, a spokesman for Compassion & Choices. She said she was going to take her life on Nov. 1, but Crowley didn’t say exactly when she died.

Maynard, who became a symbol for the right-to-die movement, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in January and given six months to live.....

11-03-2014, 02:38 PM
I don't dispute her right to end her life.

I wish her doctors had been able to give her some hope, though, and a reason not to end her life now.

11-03-2014, 09:30 PM
There are many cancer patients out there who were given 6 months to live and told they required immediate hospice care.....alive and thriving 2 years later.

11-04-2014, 03:51 PM
I don't dispute her right to end her life.

Her case was a good deal more than that. Had she decided to end it quietly without making a public issue out of it, no one would have known and she could have exercised her right in Oregon. In fact, even before legislation such as Oregon has, a terminally ill patient could commit suicide in any number of ways, and no one would have blamed the person for it, especially if that person were in severe, uncontrollable pain. The issue is not Maynard's decision to die, although I think she could have used the help of a spiritual advisor to make a different choice. The issue is the state's involvement:


The argument for suicide usually is an argument from privacy. That certainly was Brittany Maynard’s case: “My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don’t deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain? Why should anyone have the right to make that choice for me?” Who, indeed? But that is not really the question presented by assisted suicide. The question in that case is whether the law should bless the participation of medicine and commerce in suicide. On the one hand, we might have a society in which suffering innocents such as Brittany Maynard are forced to rely upon less clinical means of ending their lives. On the other hand, we might have a society in which there are nice, clean factories employing cheerful, well-scrubbed people manufacturing suicide pills. It is a question of a balance of horrors, and, however deeply felt our sympathies for the suffering must be, it is not obvious that the latter is preferable to the former.

I wish her doctors had been able to give her some hope, though, and a reason not to end her life now.

A lot depends on the doctor. A GBM IV specialist at Duke (very famous guy, treated Ted Kennedy) has absolutely no beside manner and tells all brain cancer patients to prepare for death. There are other doctors/researchers, however, who are willing to fight, including a former head of the National Cancer institute at NIH who is now in New York. The experience a patient has depends a lot on the attitude of the doctor.

11-04-2014, 06:48 PM
I hate to say this but I really don't care. This woman wanted nothing but publicity and the idiot media gave it.