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Our View: the LeSabre staff on Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide

Hannah Wohletz, Reporter

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Dying at the young age of 29 seems impossible and unfair to many of us. For Brittany Maynard, this experience was all too real.

Brittany Maynard ended her life in her home on Saturday, November 1, to avoid the worsening symptoms of her terminal brain tumor. Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life was, and continues to be very controversial for people in America. Because of this, the Le Sabre Team has decided to share our views on Brittany’s decision.

Brittany decided to end her life using physician assisted suicide. This is when a doctor provides a way for a suffering patient to end his or her life painlessly and peacefully. This topic is very controversial because many people do not believe it is appropriate to encourage suicide. In our opinion, if the patient is suffering from a terminal illness and is in a right state of mind to make a conscious decision to end one’s own life, he/she should not be held back from dying peacefully with dignity.

Senior Erin Eikmeier explains, “I don’t think that it’s necessarily bad because it’s, like, literally just dying in your sleep where its a peaceful kind of thing … you can say goodbye to people.” The Le Sabre staff agreed that in this situation, it may be better to have control over when you are going to die rather than continuously worrying about when your last day will be.

In our opinion, assisted death helps bring closure and comfort to the family of the individual by reducing the risk of a painful death, and by honoring the wishes of the individual. Junior Theresa Slivnik adds, “No one wants to see their little baby daughter go through all of that. I wouldn’t want to see any of the people I love go through that.”

Regardless of how we feel, this was a very trying and controversial decision made by Brittany. As difficult of a decision that this may have been for her, we truly believe that Brittany made the best decision for herself in her particular situation.

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