"Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit.' "
- Bill Maher
There are some things that naturally would not be accepted in Africa. Just by hearing them, you know it would be difficult to get support for it in Africa; but again, you never know. Times are changing and so are our beliefs and perception. But would something like passing a bill that gives ill patients the onus to personally administer life-terminating medication be accepted in this part of the world?
It will no doubt be a tempting scenario for many, however, when they are faced with an opportunity to end their lives rather than continue to suffer a terrible prolonged illness, especially when it is backed by law.
Whether or not this sounds right to you doesn't matter because some states in the United States of America have already signed the bill into law. The latest to join them is New Jersey, which today signed a bill into law that gives permission to terminally-ill patients to end their lives. Yes, you read it right! Permission to commit suicide!
The bill has been dubbed “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.” It was signed into law today and gives patients the permission to take their lives.
Take a breather because there is a condition! For now, the law only applies to patients who are suffering from terminal illness and have been confirmed to have six or fewer months to live.
According to the bill, it must also be self-administered. Before this can be done, the patient in question who is requesting a life-ending medication will have to consult with two doctors who will carry out separate assessments to determine if indeed the patient has six or less than six months to live.
The patient will then have to request for the medication three times, including once in writing in presence of two witnesses. Upon being served, the patient will self administer the medication.
While this may sound outrageous to you, the lawmakers who passed the bill into law have received accolades.
In a congratulation message, the governor of New Jersey said the lawmakers have made Ne Jersey a more “dignified and emphatic state.”
“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” he said.
The Democratic Party has also thumbed up the move saying:
“There is no good reason for them to be forced to prolong their pain and suffering or to prolong the grief of their loved ones if they make that choice,” said Democrat Senator, Nicholas Scutari
It is on record that New Jersey had unsuccessfully tried three times to pass the law since 2012.
What are your thoughts, would you allow this law passed in your home country?
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