In my life I have witnessed many family members and friends battle horrific disease and ultimately die horrific deaths. I have also seen firsthand what disease can do to a body. Death with dignity allows the option of ending life before it becomes less than life… I believe in this option and I believe that people deserve the right to choose should life become unlivable.
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity. (visit the film’s site here)
What do you think? For more information about this topic please visit Death With Dignity National Center website. Below is an excerpt and trailer about the film How to Die in Oregon.