Dr Oz: Ending Your Life – Dignity vs Morals
Dr Oz’s show on Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life? discussed the Montel Williams Suicide Attempt, and then continued the debate to hear the opinions of others. Montel Williams stated that “dignity is an individual thought” and should not be seen as a collective thought. Dr Oz took a poll of Dr Oz Fans and asked the question, “Should doctors assist patients with death?” 54 percent said yes, 37 percent said no, and 9 percent were undecided. Dr Oz went into the audience and spoke with Danny, who is confined to a wheelchair. Danny was diagnosed with Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and his wife left and took the kids. Back then, Danny would have voluntarily died, but today he is glad he didn’t. He is in love and would not give up his life for anything. Danny urged Dana to join his disabled community.
Dr Oz: Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis
Montel was slightly perturbed by Danny’s account, stating that pitting patient against patient was not the way to go. Dr Oz stated that this was not his intent; rather, he wanted to have an open and honest discussion from people with different views. Dr. Ablow stated that, with this type of discussion, it was impossible to not pit person against person. Dr. Ablow was happy that Danny had found love and was now happy with his life. Dr. Ablow was glad Danny could share this with others who may feel the same way as Dana.
Montel argued that the State of Oregon created a list of why people would consider voluntarily ending their lives and found that it was because they lost their dignity and right to die respectfully and had nothing to do with depression.
Dr Oz: Suicide
One audience member stood up and told Doctor Oz that she believed life, in any capacity, is a gift from God and that God should be the one to take it away—not you!
Debbie, another audience member, stated that her grandmother had breast cancer. Her mother’s doctor helped her mother die. Debbie stated that she was glad it happened this way because her mother wasn’t depressed at all. She was comforted and died peacefully. Debbie was from New Zealand, where it is illegal. Debbie now works with Compassionate Choices so euthanasia is not an underground practice.
Dr Oz introduced Gustin Reichbach, New York State Superior Court Justice. Reichbach has pancreatic cancer and is eager to live. He was diagnosed three years ago and has gone through radiation to continue to have a meaningful life. He understands that meds are only going to provide him a prolonged life rather than a meaningful life. The state has a role to play in terms of rationality, in that they should make sure the terminally ill make the rational decision to end their lives and to make sure the decision is informed and competent. However, the state does not have the right to tell someone that their prolonged suffering is a moral duty.