Today the interview between Dr. Oz and Montel Williams, who suffers from MS, will air. The topic; “Do you have the right to end your own life”.
This controversial debate continues to stir very emotional responses from people on both sides. I am curious what the current general school of thought is.
I understand that people look at this from various view points; some from a religious prospective, some from a personal prospective, and some from a legal prospective. At what point do we tell people that they are not in control of their own lives? Is it right for someone with no understanding of the pain a disease inflicts on another to decide if that person will continue to live with it? Is it right for someone suffering to inflict the emotional pain of loss on another?
I think the answer varies. Quality of life is an important consideration. If we look at various cultures, I think it is safe to say that quality of life is vastly improved by the care,dignity and respect offered by family during a severe illness.
Many things are considered when contemplating something like the right to die. People often consider the hardship imposed on the family caring for them. Sometimes its the loss of function that drives the decision. Sometimes its the pain. Whatever the course, there is reason behind the need. I doubt very many consider it lightly or impulsively.
I believe that no one should be denied dignity, and where illness is concerned, assisted suicide should be a viable option when and after consultations with Doctors, Specialists, and Mental Health Professionals have concluded a person has made a choice while mentally capable for reasons of disease beyond the scope of help. When certain criteria are met, then that patients family should not be denied benefits but nor should they be allowed to stop the action.
To keep someone alive only for the emotional baggage they might otherwise leave behind is wrong in my opinion.