(MAID) stands for Medical Aid in Dying and it also means medical assistance in dying. Medical Aid in dying is defined as a widely supported end-of-life option that provides dying people with peace of mind and comfort during a difficult time. Some people compare MAID to “assisted physician suicide” but most would say it’s not the same.
1 in 5 Americans currently have access to MAID but only 11 areas of the US allow MAID. A lot of people ask if MAID is a good idea. One side thinks it's a good idea because you won’t have to continue to pay for unnecessary medical bills for someone that is not going to get better. And it helps people with long term disabilities, not have to go through life with that disability.
The other side would argue that it is immoral and unethical to end people's lives because they have a disabling condition. They have just as much of a right to a long life as the rest of us. To be eligible for this, you have to be 18+, terminally ill (6 months left to live or less), mentally incapable of making their own decisions, and you have to be able to take the pill yourself.
I believe that this should only be allowed if they are ill, and not going to live for very much longer. I don’t think people with mental disabilities should be able to do this, because they won’t even know what they are taking when you ask them to take the pill.
Do you think MAID should be allowed to all people that are eligable right now?
What do you think the eligablilty should be?
Do you think this is immoral and unethical for mentally ill people?