Dr Oz: Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life?

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Dr Oz: Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life?

By on November 1, 2011

Dr Oz: Keith Ablow vs Montel Williams

Dr Oz did a show called “Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life,” which featured Montel Williams who spoke about his suicide attempt (click on this link to read more about it: Montel Williams Suicide Attempt).  According to Keith Ablow, MD, Psychiatrist and Fox News Contributor, euthanasia is “a prescription in bad medicine” and the practice should be illegal.  Dr. Ablow stated that this is not a new debate and that all doctors need to be on the side of prolonging life and instilling the will to live.  Dr. Ablow stated that the Netherlands has been practicing euthanasia for years and that it’s basically a feeling of despair that drives people to do this.  It is a slippery slope trying to decide whether a person is just depressed or are they actually wanting to end their own lives because they are terminally ill.

Dr Oz: Right to End Your Life?

Dr Oz introduced Dana, whose body is ravaged by disease.  In her younger days, Dana was athletic and an honor student.  She has two kids and when she was healthy, she took them everywhere.  She was active, happy, and felt like she had a future.

Then Dana had symptoms.  She began dropping dishes and other things.  She could not hold or grab.  She knew something was wrong. Dr Oz Montel Williams In 2003, Dana was diagnosed with Degenerative Nerve Disease.  Today, she is in a wheelchair.  She cannot stand, brush her teeth, scratch her itches, and needs someone to bathe her.  Dana told Dr Oz that she was mentally and physically tired.  She was also lonely and depressed all the time.  Dana told Dr Oz that she was tired of putting on the brave face.  She was tired of being a trooper. People told her she could be worse, but she does not believe that.  She thinks of herself as “living in hell” at the moment.

Although she has a great family, Dana felt her future was not a happy one.  She is in bed 99 percent of the time.  She cannot run or play basketball with her son or take her daughter to the mall.  When she was first diagnosed, doctors told her she had 3-5 yrs to live.  It’s now been 8, going on 9 years.  Dana describes feeling like she is just existing and not living.

Anthony, Dana’s son, doesn’t want her to die.  It hurts him to see her hurting.  His sister has been with mom the entire time.  She saw the beginning of the disease up until now. Dana’s daughter started to cry as she explained that she wanted her mom to stop suffering.  Dana’s daughter encouraged her mother to take a drug cocktail and kill herself if it will end her suffering.

Dr Oz asked Dana if she would take her own life if given the option.  Dana stated yes and that she has thought about this several times.  According to her, no one understands how she’s feeling inside.  This is not the life she wanted.  If she could take something to end it all, she would. She did not want to live like this any longer.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life?

  1. ABSOLUTELY WHEN YOU ARE SICK YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO DECIDE IF YOU WANT THE CURE TREATMENT OR NOT .BUT NOONE AND I MEAN NOONE HAS A RIGHT TO ASIST SUICIDE WITH ANOTHER HUMAN BEING.GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GIVES LIFE AND HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO HOW WE DIE.TO LIVE WITH CHRIST IS TO DIE WITH HIM .IT IS JUST LIKE ABORTION THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SAY THE MOTHER HAS A CHOICE BUT THIS UNBORN CHILD DOES NOT.WE TAKE THE RIGHT AWAY FROM A HUMAN BEING GOD SAYS HE KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE IN YOUR MOTHERS WOUND.WHEN WE LIVE WITH CHRIST WE ARE WILLING TO DIE WITH HIM.
    SO WE GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS TO HIM FOR HIM TO DECIDE.I HAVE HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH DEATH AND I KNOW THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH I TRIED TO TAKE MY LIFE AND GOD WAS NOT READY FOR ME.SO HE ALLOWED ME TO LIVE.I HAVE BEEN MADE IN GODS IMAGE AND HE HAS ALLOWED ME TO LIVE FOR SOME REASON AND THAT WAS TO COMPLETE HIS PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE FOR HIM NOT ME.
    SOMETIMES GOD PROLONGS OUR LIFE FOR HI PURPOSE NOT OURS THE QUESTION HERE IS DO I HAVE THE RIGHT OR DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE MY LIFE AND THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY NO .HE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO LIVE.ANOTHER QUESTION ARE YOU OR IS THAT PERSON READY TO GO WITH HIS MAKER BECAUSE IF HE IS NOT THEN HELL IS JUST BEGINNING IF YOU DIE AND YOU ARE NOT SAVED SO YOU CAN LIVE IN ETERNITY.I KNOW THERE IS AN ETERNITY BECAUSE WHEN THEY PRONOUNCED ME DEAD.I COULD HEAR THEM AND MY SPIRIT LEFT MY BODY AND I WENT THROUGH THE TUNNELL AND I SAW A LIGHT I KNOW THERE IS A LIFE AFTER DEATH.BUT THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN HAVE THIS LIFE ITHROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE DID ON CALVARY HE DIED IN MY PLACE SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IS IT OKAY TO TAKE A LIFE AND THE ANSWER IS TEN TIMES NO.NOT BY A DOCTOR OR ABORTIONIST OR NOONE.YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT AS THE DOCTOR SAID TO NOT RECIEVE THE TREATMENT.AND DR. OZ I AM REALLY DISSAPOINTED IN YOU THAT YOU FEEL THIS WAY I HAVE ALWAYS LISTENED TO YOUR SHOW BUT NOW I HAVE LOST A LITTLE CONFIDENCE IN YOU AS A DOCTOR AND IN THE WAY YOU FEEL.TO PUT IT BLUNTLY IT IS MURDER ANYWAY YOU WANT TO PUT IT.SORRY BUT I HAVE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH.YOU OR NOONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE A LIFE WHEATHER OLD OR IN THE WOUND….

    THANKYOU LILLIE ALBRITTON

  2. Pete Busalacchi says:

    Dr. Oz:

    Saw the last 20 minutes of today’s program, and it touched my heart. My daughter, Christine, was in a persistent vegetative state due to the head injury she suffered in an auto accident in 1987. The state of Missouri, headed by John Ashcroft, initiated a lawsuit in 1989 to stop me from removing a feeding tube. We were in court for over two years until she died in 1993.

    It’s a long story. Sadly I also authorized the removal of a ventilatior from her mom in 1972 when she died of pancreatitis. Chrissy was two at the time.

    A picture of Chris and I appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1990, and because of that I gave a number of speeches regarding making choices at the end of life.

    There is a great ethicist, Arthur Kaplan, in Philadelphia who knows many families who have struggled in the past. If ever you do another show on this topic, he has some great experiences to share.

    Thank you.

    Pete Busalacchi

  3. Sharon Bennett says:

    Absolutely .I watch people die and live in living heal ever day.
    Why does anyone have the right to decide some elses pain.
    I feel its a person choice .I am appaulled that someone can have a living will and a family member who is morally or selfishly not ready, is allowed to change the dyings choice of not having a intubation tube or make them a full team. So many times I seen this .No dignity for the dying.
    Thank you Montel and Dr. Oz for bringing this subject out of the closet.
    Help us help with our rights and fight for the dignity of the dying

  4. Sharon Bennett says:

    My Girlfreind was a gunshot victim the doctors in the Er said that night she probably wouldnt live through the night and if she did she will be a total vegetable no brain waves.All her freinds we there andeveryone ofus knew the dr’s were wrong.
    Judith Moser of Windsor Pa had a wonderful Step MOM and Father who pulled for her and she had to relearn how to talk,eat walk and life was given back to her .She is an inspiration to everyone around her.She hates going out in public because the sight in her right eye is visable.She is paralyzed onher left side butSHE CAN WALk.
    Angels walk among us and how dare we choice for others if they already choice let them

  5. Sharon Bennett says:

    I would like to have the right of choice .Not the law or the government or my family or freinds.
    Me as long as I am in my right mind .I dont want to be screaming annd trashing without medication that can touch my pain.
    I couldgo on like family and freinds avoiding me because they dont know what to say.
    Thank you Doctor oz and Montel please do another show and be more intense get this message through.
    No one wants to deal with the dying let the doctor deal with it, it will dissapear , its a nightmare -..ideas.
    Wake up people deal with this help your loved ones dont make it everyone elses responsibility

  6. I watched my Mom decline and have every quaility of life taken from her for 20+ years. To not be able to walk, see, talk, feed herself, bath herself, enjoy her kids and family. What quaility of life is that…. we don’t allow our pets to live that way so why do we force our loved ones to? Everyone has a breaking point and my Mom reached her’s a few weeks ago and ended her own suffering. I understand her choice and forgive her for it. No one should tell another that they can’t have that choice as that is not living and you have no idea how you would feel if you had no quaility of life what so ever and your only option for life and peace is death…

  7. My name is teresa puckett. I live with chronic pain everyday. Im only 36 years old and found out I have a few things wrong with me. My conditions are not as severe as others but its bad enough for me. Ive been in pain now since i was a teenager. I have mental and physical disabilities. Ive tried to kill myself since I was 14 years old. When you look at me, you would think im okay, but im not. Ive had ups and downs and my mind has went thousands of places. I currently take pain meds and I also take meds for my mental disabilities. Yea it helps for a period of time but everyday i wake up and wish my life could end. Everyone hates to hear how I really feel but all I can do is be honest with myself as well as everyone else. Yes its very depressing and it hurts tremendously. There are days when i cant even get out of bed. I too was athletic and had a full life but it has brung me down so much that life is the worst thing I could have. I want to die everyday. I look at my kids everyday and im so disgusted

  8. No Names Please says:

    Leave it to a fundamentalist to have to post in all caps like it makes it sooo much more important. Get over it. We all have to make our own choices in life. You do not get to choose for me!

  9. Alexandria says:

    Hello. Im 31 and i have been sick since i was 4 with seizures. Has i got older the seizures got worse, friends and family started seeing as a freak or problem. After that i tried killing myself 3 times, then they put me in a home for crazy people. There they told me i would burn in hell if i died. I got cervical cancer when i was 25 and breast cancer when i was 27. I can’t have kids and i don’t feel like a women any so i pray all the time that i’ll just die. I can’t do it myself cause i don’t want 2 burn in hell. So im not sure if it’s right or wrong.

  10. @Alexandria, I feel your pain although i haven’t lived your exact circumstances. I’ve been the kind of person that always believed it was only God’s right to end someone’s life too. In a lot of ways I still do. I also deal with some struggles that have left me so exhausted that i’ve wanted to end it all too. But, a part of me remembers and even sees that God can take something tremendously terrible and life ravaging and turn it into something beautiful if we are patient and allow Him. Truthfully it isn’t easy to wait for a miracle or to endure something that is so horrific but His best work has rarely been done in easy situations. Some times I think maybe God expects us to use what life hands us, and to use it for His glory. It may be our greatest challenge in life and one that we may not ever even overcome, but it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love us or care about us and our sufferings. It’s hard to see it in this light when your the one going through the trial. I guess it just takes ‘faith’ and that’s not always easy to hold onto. As i watched the show featuring Dana, i was taken by her inner beauty hidden underneath the rubble of her circumstances. She is more powerful than she realizes but sadly may never realize it.

  11. Cheryl Davis says:

    alexandria Nov 2, 2011 ib nov 1 2011 love your life God is in control we have to experience the pain to be who we are I lost my 28 year old daugher Jan 24, 2010 I will never be the same you are such a young person just rember “He only takes the best” Love to you and your family have faith. You can make it my daughter was in emotional pain she was the most loving beautiful special person ever born after loosing her I struggle to make every day your story is an inspiration hold on there is a reason u are her wish my daughter was I want her every moment she would have had inspiration for you you have a mom somewhere fight to live for her loosing a child is the most devasting thing that can happen to anyone if you cant hold on talk to ur mom explain let her know that you will be ok have her call me i have all the sympathy in the world for anyone who looses a child there is nothing that can compare to that fight know u can be ok ib explains it the way i wish i could have she is very spiritual listen to what she said Ib your posting helped me alot u are special

  12. No one will tell me what I can or can’t do with my body. If I am of sound mine and request to be euthanized if I get to a point where I can no longer take care of myself that is my choosing. My mother suffered for two years with a blood disease. Everything changed. Her mind was sharp but her body was giving up on her. There was no reason for her to continue suffering when I knew she no longer wanted to live. No politician, doctor, religion etc., should have anything to do with that decision.

  13. People all over the world are killing each other in the name of one religion or another. Let evangelists, or conservative people like Dr Keith Ablow make euthanazia illegal for themselves. People without any organized religion have the same rights as others and wish that THEY would stop having the upper hand on the rest of us.
    In “The right to end my own life” the key words are, “MY OWN LIFE!”

  14. No one is asking or saying who can take their life. That is the law in most states. The question here is does someone ELSE, like a doctor, have the right to take a life. If you want to go and blow your head off, go for it. No one can stop you. But do YOU have the right to drag someone else into your dark work and guilt them into ending your life. I say no, try putting that misguided energy into making your life more pleasurable. I’ve worked with people in incredible circumstance, live in pain myself. You die as you live, miserable or finding peace. There is the real choice.

  15. I HAVE READ MANY OF THESE COMMENTS AND IF YOU WILL GO BACK AND CHECK EVERY I MEANING MY ME I I I TALKING ABOUT ME EVERYTHING IS ABOUT I ME MY ITHINK ABOUT THIS FOR A WHILE ME MINE I ..SO IT SEEMS AS THOUGH ALL YOU THINK ABOUT IS YOURSELF……………………………………..SORRY BUT TRUE

  16. Sandra Fuller says:

    I feel this is a personal descison if i choose my life.My mother who was a nurse for 40 years made me promise that if she bnecame unable to live what she considered a quality life that I would not waste away on a ventilation machine.She went into hospital for surgery on her back and developed pneumonia while in there.Was put on a ventilation thinking for a few days she’d get better,then she developed renal failure.I signed the papers 5 days after she went into the hospital to remove life support knowing that’s what she would’ve wanted.She was my best friend and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her.She had witnessed as a nurse patients slowly dying agonizing painful deaths.She didn’t want for herself.Dr reassured that there was no hope that her kidneys were gone and she was 74 years and due to a whole host of other health problems wouldn’t due good with dialysis.So let her go in 2004.I miss her so much!It feels like there’s a hole in my heart that will never heal.

  17. Tara Chang says:

    Nobody has the right to take their own life…God is the creator of all life and he is the only One to take life.. when Jesus died for our sins we were bought with a price. Our life does not belong to us to do as we see fit. My heart pains for those who are suffering and wants to end their life…Remember their is no repentance for sins beyond the grave. Sometimes God allows us to go through certain situation to shape us into the person He wants us to be, but instead of being closer drawn to Him in complete submission to His will, we allow the enemy (Satan) to filled our head with thoughts of suicide. Why?? because Satan has but a short time on this earth and he needs to carry as much of Gods children with him to hell. God said to give thanks in all situations…He also said all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. No situation is too great that He cannot handle….If only we would turn to God for help…what better person, after all…He is the Great Physician…He said put not your trust in man where there is no Hope!!…We need to allow Gods will to be done in our life.

    God Bless!

  18. Beside adding God or morale right to euthanasia, we have to remember that it will NEVER BE OUR CHOICE! Euthanasia is the individuals right to decided, not some god or devil wonderland. This is reality, pain is real and death is unavoidable. We all have the right to decided what religion to worship, what to eat, and how to raise our kids. But when it comes death, All of a sudden other people can decide for us? You may hate it or support it, Just remember that is it the individual choice and that your religion is not justifiable for those who are affected! God or the devil reminds me of aliens and big foot and Narnia and Finding Nemo and talking Dogs.

  19. It’s our life. Nobody else’s. If we feel we are done on this planet, we have the right to depart it how we choose. We don’t have the right to end it for someone or prevent them from ending theirs. I can understand if someone is going through a difficult time, emotionally. That is temporary and the feelings can also be the same. To be terminally sick and suffering is another story. What is the purpose of making them continue if they are ready to let go? That’s not love. That’s selfish torture. Let them go and be at peace and without pain and sadness and depression..

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