Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. She says it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life.
Although cancer patients and pro-life groups have tried to talk her out of the decision, it now appears Maynard may have either been used by assisted suicide advocates to promote their agenda or may have been a part of a plan working in concert with them to attempt to legalize assisted suicide in additional states.
The 29-year-old terminally ill patient made nationally-discussed plans to take the lethal pill on November 1st to end her own life. After suffering from severe headaches, Brittany Maynard found out she had stage II glioblastoma multiforme and had up to ten years to live. However, after she had surgery, doctors found out that she had the most deadly form of brain cancer, stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. The cancer usually kills its victims in a matter of months.
After her diagnosis, Brittany decided that she wanted to move from her California home to Oregon so that she could have access to the “death with dignity” prescription. She had plans to die in her home surrounded by her mother, stepfather, husband and best friend.
But, now, Maynard has released a video saying she has reconsidered her decision and released a new video confirming her change of heart.
“I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” Maynard says in the new video. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.”
Maynard says in the video that she’s still waiting to see how her symptoms progress before deciding on a date to die.
Maynard said she had two seizures a week ago and she recalled how she looked at her husband, but she couldn’t say his name and wound up going to the hospital after the second seizure.
“I think sometimes people look at me and they think. ‘Well you don’t look as sick as you say you are,’ which hurts to hear, because when I’m having a seizure and I can’t speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am,” she says in the video. “When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they’ve decided is best for me, it hurts because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up.”
Some assisted suicide proponents say Maynard’s case has been used by euthanasia activists to promote assisted suicide. Case in point: the new video was released by the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion & Choices, which has pushed to legalize assisted suicide in numerous states.
Maynard herself pushes assisted suicide in a statement accompanying the video:
“I want to thank you for your incredible support. The outpouring of kindness that I have received since my story went public has been astounding. You’ve helped put the death-with-dignity movement in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. All across the country, lawmakers have reached out saying that they want to introduce legislation to authorize aid in dying. That is real progress towards change,” a statement from Maynard reads on the YouTube video page.
The video also features Maynard’s mother, who looks the other way at her daughter’s decision to kill herself.
“It’s not my job to tell her how to live,” her mother, Debbie, says in the video. “And it’s not my job to tell her how to die.”
Oregon is one of five states, along with New Mexico, Montana, Washington , and Vermont, that allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act passed in 1997 and has resulted in 1,173 prescriptions, with 752 deaths resulting from access of the medication.