Dying with Dignity

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“Human life consists in mutual service. So grief, pain, misfortune, or ‘broken heart’ is no excuse for cutting off one's life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.” -Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Former cancer patient) Americans living in modern society exist in an era of seemingly perpetual technological innovations and limitless medical advances. Remarkable strides have been made in extending life expectancy, with people living on average 20 years longer than would have been expected a century ago. Less people are dying from disease than ever before in the history of mankind, making this a truly unparalleled and fortuitous time to be alive. Yet despite these promising breakthroughs, each year millions are diagnosed with terminal, or lethal and incurable, illnesses. Many of these unfortunate souls endure excruciating pain on a daily basis and receive treatments that result in horrific side eff...
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