I was about 10 or 11 years old, when I finally understood what Euthanasia meant. I remember sitting in class that day when my biology teacher walked in and wrote the word on the chalkboard. He then turned around and asked the class “Who knows what this term means?” We all just stared at him, absolutely clueless. When no one raised their hand, he went on to explain what it meant, then he said; “A doctor tells a cancer patient they cannot be cured, and they only have a few weeks before the Cancer takes their life. The patient asks the doctor to euthanize him/her. You are the Doctor, what would you do?” I knew my answer before he had even finished asking the question. “No”
This same question has surfaced, following the recent death of Brittany Maynard, who ended her life after finding out she had a terminal brain tumor, and only six months to live. Under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, she asked her doctor to give her a lethal dose of Bariturates, which she took on November 1.