There has been recent debate surrounding the death and dignity act. Just a few months ago, many of us heard about the Oregon woman, Brittany Maynard who fought hard for the right to commit medically assisted suicide to avoid the painful and potentially embarrassing days that lied ahead of her. She was able to move to a state that allowed her to do so and ended up taking her own life shortly after.
Now, 46-year-old terminally ill cancer patient Christy O’Donnell is fighting for the same rights in California. O’Donnell is an attorney in the state of California and has been advocating for the right to die with dignity for several months. She has stage 4 lung cancer and has only been give 6 months to live. Her doctors have assured her that due to her advanced illness, chances are her death could be very painful.
The Civil Rights attorney and single mother of a 20-year-old girl, O’Donnell feels like she is ready to die. She is thankful for the live she has been able to lead so far which has helped her to feel not afraid. With the support of her daughter and her legal background, O’Donnell is suing the state of California and in turn requesting she have the right to die with dignity using medically assisted suicide to aid in her death. In a recent WSJ article Boraie Development LLC mention that there is nothing more to do but stay tuned for updates with this case, as her lawsuit was just recently filed.