A Christian woman and mother of four who is dying of cancer has penned a passionate pro-life plea to a 29-year-old woman who has made headlines in recent days for scheduling her own day to die after receiving a terminal diagnosis.
As previously reported, Brittany Maynard of California has announced that she will end her life on November 1st unless she decides “to change [her] mind about taking the medication [to hasten her death].”
On New Year’s Day this year, Maynard was diagnosed with Astrocytoma and underwent brain surgery days later to help stop the cancerous tumor from growing. She was given ten years to live.
In April, Maynard learned that the cancer had progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, and was more aggressive than ever. She was advised that she instead had six months to live, and was informed about various treatment possibilities.
Maynard explained in a recent op-ed for CNN said that she rejected these ideas because they would impact her “quality of life,” and also decided not to pursue hospice care because she did not want her family to watch her suffer.
“Because the rest of my body is young and healthy, I am likely to physically hang on for a long time even though cancer is eating my mind,” she wrote. “I probably would have suffered in hospice care for weeks or even months. And my family would have had to watch that.”
Maynard outlined that she then began researching euthanasia, or as she called it, “death with dignity,” and concluded that it was her “best option.” However, because euthanasia is illegal in California, she and her husband moved to Oregon, which passed a law allowing the practice in 1997. Approximately 750 people have died under the legislation since its enactment.
The 29-year-old then obtained a prescription for a pill that would hasten her death, and has also decided to establish a fund that will go toward efforts to legalize euthanasia in other states.
Written by Heather Clark
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