Oregon woman wants to "Die with Dignity"

Oregon woman wants to "Die with Dignity"

PORTLAND, OR (CBS Newspath) - A 29-year-old woman has announced she is going to end her life on November 1.

Brittany Maynard is terminally ill with brain cancer. The newlywed found out she had cancer on New Year's Day. After surgery, it got worse.

"They were looking and said it looks like Grade 4 which is the worse and most form of brain cancer," said Maynard.

She's been given six months to live and decided to take her death into her own hands.

She and her husband moved from California to Oregon, one of five states with the Death with Dignity Act, or otherwise known as physician-assisted suicide.

It allows terminally ill patients to get a prescription for pills that will end their pain and suffering and their life.

"I can't tell you the amount of relief it provides me to know that I don't have to die the way that it's been described to me that my brain tumor might take me."

It's a decision and an option that's sparking debate across the country.

In California a similar act, The Compassionate Choices Act was defeated in 2005 and 2006.

"Assisted suicide is the wrong answer to the question we should be asking,  which is care and options and treatment, palative care and hospice and those kinds of things," Tim Rosales, spokesperson for Californians Against Assisted Suicide.

Maynard will be surrounded by her immediate family and pass peacefully with music she loves playing in the background.

Maynard has setup a website to explain more about the death and dignity laws and help other families dealing with terminal illness.

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