Death with Dignity Collaborative Summary

Death with Dignity Collaborative Summary
BSHS/439
January 12, 2015
Death with Dignity Collaborative Summary

According to the Death with Dignity National Center, Death with dignity is a measure in the state of Oregon that went into effect in 1997, to provide choices for the dying to regulate their own end of life care. This law allows mentally competent, terminally-ill adult state residents to voluntarily request and receive a prescription medication to hasten their death. This is one of many end-of-life care options available in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont (Death with Dignity Act, 2014).
This law allows patients to work with their physicians to decide the type of care they want to receive at the end of their lives, and the patients alone makes the final decision about whether or when to move along their death. Death with Dignity laws safeguards all patients are secure, and if they wish to use the law, they are in full control of the procedure. These safeguards and the request process make certain there is no chance patients are forced to speed up their deaths (Death with Dignity Act, 2014).
Three states have enacted the death with dignity laws: Oregon, Washington and Vermont. And According to Death with Dignity National Center, New Jersey assembly even passed its own version of Death with Dignity, molded off of Oregon’s twenty year old legislation, allowing terminally ill patients to choose the timing and manner of death. The bill passed by a vote of 41-31 in the Assembly, and now heads to the state Senate for approval (Death with Dignity Act, 2014).
More than 750 people in Oregon have utilized the death with dignity act. It has been evenly used upon genders in that state. The death with dignity act allows people to choose when they want their life to end. Choice is very important in this day and age. Many people suffer in pain and agony because they do not have the choice to end their life. Whether this is culturally an issue is a…