As discussed, California is one of the few states in America to have legalized euthanasia. Originally, their Death with Dignity Act applied to all terminally ill patients who met the given requirements. In recent news however, prisoners are no longer given this right, no matter how sick they are. There has been much controversy around this new policy. What do you think? Do you believe all citizens should be given this equal right? Click the link above for more information!
For any My Big Fat Greek Wedding watchers, you know that the root of everyone word is greek. Oddly enough, euthanasia comparatively has the same. The word euthanasia in greek is ευθανασία which directly translates to eu (good) and thanatosis (death) to ultimately mean good death or mercy killing. Ending someone’s life in a painless way. If the ancient greeks support our argument, why doesn’t everyone?
A usual misconception: Physician-assisted suicide is NOT the same as euthanasia!
Although both terms involve using lethal medications to deliberately end a terminally-ill patient’s life, the major differentiating factor is who exactly is administering the medication. In physician-assisted suicide, the patient themselves need to self-administer the medication but the patient ultimately decided when and if they will ingest it. On the other hand, with euthanasia, the physician plays a large, more active role in the process in carrying out the patients request. Now you know!
If you were to ask any 15-22 year old which social media platform they use the most, it would undoubtedly be Snapchat. In the past few years, Snapchat has dominated the social media sphere and has become an essential outlet for advertisers and businesses to get their word out. Recently, they have added a new features called SnpachatNews, where magazines and companies provide daily articles and interactive pages for viewers to explore. Yesterday, in scrolling through Cosmopolitan, I came across an article called “Im Terminally Ill and I Want to Choose When I Die.” The article discussed the life of Jenny Cooper who was a women that had terminally ill breast cancer. Having this positive and influential story on snapchat is a huge advancement for legalizing euthanasia as it gives this important topic the coverage on a whole other level. Besides scholarly articles and news stations, the young generation is extremely uninformed of this important topic and having stories on these different social networks could be extremely helpful! Check out the link above for the full story!
Although there is certainly some shock and discouragement in the new presidency results, a new president means new actions, a new mindset, and new laws. Donald Trump has not completely dived into his full opinion on euthanasia but in a brief statement, he was asked, Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? His answer was: Yes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice.
This is amazing news for the future of legalizing euthanasia and we hope that this could also aid the prop106 in the efforts for justice of terminally ill patients.
Did you know that euthanasia can be categorized in 4 types?
Voluntary- When a competent person makes a voluntary and enduring request to be helped to die.
Involuntary- To end a person’s life without their knowledge, will or consent.
Active- To end a person’s life by using drugs, whether by oneself or with the aid of a physician.
Passive- to end a person life by now taking the necessary and ordinary action to maintain life, like withdrawing water, food etc.
Now you know!