To my way of thinking, if her life was not her own to do with it as she would, why would she be entrusted with it? If anyone gives a gift, one expects the recipient to do as they would--or the gift was never truly "given". If we are to have anything like free will at all, ending our lives is also a choice. One that has no continued consequence for ourselves this side of the veil, only continued bill-paying and meals and remembrances for those surviving in our wake.
The argument against her choice is, by now, moot, but still, fairly dumb. I feel bad calling up the yammering thing that is still called Pat Robertson (I think his mind may have already gone over the hill to meet the fairies, himself) to point out the dumbest argument, but here it is:
Pat Robertson said that the “culture of death” created by “so-called liberals” was to blame for the Oregon law.Did you know that everyone dies? Everyone. The terminally ill are diagnosed as dying soon-ish. The newborn are, in the own way, growing with the expectation of eventual death. We are mortal. Whatever our gifts, dying is what we are born into. Pat Robertson will die. I will. You will. Is he genuinely trying to say it is better to slide into dependency upon palliative carers schlepping bedpans and drugs about the biological mass that once held infinite probabilities and now has a steadily reducing timeline? Leaving family with the memory of that slide, and the near-misses with the Reaper, and ever more intrusive and undignified interventions by medical practitioners against the actual, sheer invincibility of that eventuality we are all careening towards?
“They want to kill babies, they want to kill the terminally ill,” he charged. “They don’t seem to honor life. And what we should do is honor life, not hasten death.”
“You want to pressure somebody? And you say to them, would you like to run up huge bills and burden your loved ones? Wouldn’t it be easier just to leave this world?” the TV preacher continued. “The culture of death is so pervasive, and the pressure to end the life of these people, it is really tough.”
In the end, Robertson argued that the best choice for Maynard and others was to “leave these things in God’s hands.”
Fuck a bunch of that. She did it her way, and she was welcome to it, and I pass a lot of judgment on anyone who wants to say her life wasn't hers to give up.
Of course it was. I honor her decision. Life is precious and death is real. We don't have to like the latter, but it is.