The death of Brittany Maynard earlier this month has ignited a national debate about the right to die. Brittany was a 29-year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer and who chose to take advantage of The Compassionate Care Act that was legalized in Oregon in 1997. Unfortunately for Brittany, who was a resident of California, the option to end her life in her home state was not available to her. During her illness and pain, she had to move out of California and set up residence in Oregon in order to die on her own terms.
By its very nature, suicide is not a punishable crime. You may terminate your life in any number of ways and at any age and for any reason. The difference between suicide and the right to die is that you may not end your own life in the loving company of your relatives and friends lest they be liabl...
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