In NYC this past week, much attention has gone to a story about a young woman who has terminal brain cancer and wants to die. She has had a series of strokes and seizures which have left her paralyzed and she doesn't want to suffer anymore and requested the doctors to 'pull the plug' and let her die.
But, her deeply religious parents say NO. They petitioned the NY courts not to allow that to happen. At first the courts ruled in their favor, but now, a higher court has overturned that decision and said if the woman wants to have the plug pulled she can.http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/05/14246982-opinion-daughter-has-right-to-die-against-parents-wishes?lite&ocid=msnhp
So what's your say. Does a person have the right to die when they want? Her parents said it amounts to suicide, is that so?? I understand there are several sides to this, both religious and other, but with no assistance, like from a Jack Kevorkian, does a person have the right to end their live, or does the hospital, the doctors, even her parents have a right to say she is not in the right mental frame, from medication, and her illness to think she is thinking straight, and try and keep her alive?
From what I understand, the woman may have changed her mind, but the problem is still there, and not just for this case.
People make living wills that they do not want to be kept alive in a vegetation type state, but here, the person is alive and thinking and wants to die. Does she have that right?