Why is "Death with Dignity" only available in Oregon and only to the terminally ill?
Last Updated: 01/12/2016 at 10:21am
Terrence Sawyer, MS Counseling Psychology
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In terminal illness there bodies are painfully shutting down. They are not going to survive it, so they get to chose to die in a state where they are not helpless and unable to do anything for themselves. Its only available in Oregon because it is controversial. Its only available for those who are terminally ill, because for those who are not, there is hope. They can have a happy, healthy future potentially with hope, support, and treatment.
Luckily other states are working on putting for legislation in other states in 2015. But I feel that Oregon's voting population are progressive enough to have passed these laws already.
Its hard to answer a delicate question such as this. It seems like it is up to the lawmakers of the state or that area. Perhaps contacting your local law agencies can provide you with better answers to these questions on what you want to know or what you can do to change your states laws.
This is a hot button issue for sure. If you thinking that it should be available to everyone, it leads me to think you may be considering suicide? If that is the case, would you be comfortable talking with me about that?
I believe that Washington State does it as well, but I'm not certain, so don't quote me on that. And honestly, it comes down to selfishness. My grannie was suffering and if given a choice, which one wasn't presented... Not to my knowledge anyways, my grannie would have chosen to die with grace. And as horrible as it was to see her body full of tubes and the motion of oxygen being forced into her lungs and making her body jerk.... I wanted her to stay, to fight, to want to stay with us, I'd want to show her my future kids... She passed away on January 1st at 3:15pm... Great Christmas present, right? Ugh... I'm still mad about it... I feel like she just gave up.. She said she was ready to go to Jesus. So stupid! If she believes in heaven then she knows that hell exists too, and since nobody on earth follows everything that the bible says, she should've been aware that she could've gone to hell too! But noooooi, nobody likes to think of that religious place. But we can't prove that God or Lucifer or hwaven&hell or even real, for all that we actually know, she died, tge end, no afterlife, no seeing her again, just a dead corpse in the ground. That all being said... If I were suffering, I'd want to go out my way, my life is mine; my way to death should be mine as well. And nobody should be allowed to take that from me.
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