Brittany Maynard chose assisted suicide

Brittany Maynard chose assisted suicide

Women and Adversity: Assisted Suicide

Brittany Maynard

When I hear “assisted suicide,” I think of the 1969 movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” People accept animals being euthanized, but when a human being is considered, the reaction is, “How cruel!”

I’m Catholic and can’t consider assisted suicide, but what is humane? Hospice is humane. Assisted suicide is humane.

Brittany Maynard, who would have been 30 Nov. 19, chose to end her life in a humane way. Suffering from brain cancer, she endured seizures and other painful effects and chose to work with to put an end to her suffering.

Brittany moved from California to Oregon where it is legal for a physician to prescribe  drugs to end a terminally ill patient’s suffering to end his or her life. Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico are states that allow people to seek help to end their lives. Humans suffer incurable conditions when animals are put to sleep peacefully? Think about it.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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