Lesson Plan: Death With Dignity: A Basic Human Right
II. While Reading Activities
- terminally |ˈtərmənl| adjective- (of a disease) predicted to lead to death, esp. slowly; incurable: terminal cancer.
- banned |ban| verb ( bans, banning , banned ) [ with obj. ] officially or legally prohibit: he was banned from driving for a year | a proposal to ban all trade in ivory.
- advocates |ˈadvəkit| noun- a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
- lethal |ˈlēTHəl| adjective-sufficient to cause death: a lethal cocktail of alcohol and pills.
- dignified |ˈdigniˌfīd| adjective-having or showing a composed or serious manner that is worthy of respect: she maintained a dignified silence | a dignified old lady.
- imminent |ˈimənənt| adjective-about to happen: they were in imminent danger of being swept away.
- garrulous |ˈgar(y)ələs| adjective-excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters: Polonius is portrayed as a foolish, garrulous old man.
- endure |enˈd(y)o͝or| verb-[ with obj. ] suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently: it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain.
- frustrated |ˈfrəsˌtrātid| adjective-feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, esp. because of inability to change or achieve something: young people get frustrated with the system.
- hospice ˈhäspis| noun-a home providing care for the sick, esp. the terminally ill.
- T-Public support for assisted dying has grown in the past half-century but depends in part on terminology.
- F-Recent polls have shown that people prefer the phrase “end the patient’s life by some painless means.”
- T-About 3,000 patients a year, from every state, contact the advocacy group Compassion & Choices for advice on legal ways to reduce end-of-life suffering.
- F-Overt assistance to bring on death, by whatever name, remains illegal in most of the country.
- T- One method for some is to simply halt vital treatments, such as dialysis or insulin.
- F- Research in Oregon indicates that for many patients, just knowing the option is there has proved a great comfort.
- F- Mr. Mitton is an unusual case because he is refusing a potentially lifesaving procedure that would be covered by public insurance.
- F-Mr. Mitton’s doctors at the Denver Health Medical Center say he will probably die within six months.
- NA-There are three other cases similar to Mr. Mitton’s case.
- T-Mr. Mitton is exploring the international underground market for pentobarbital, a drug used in executions and animal euthanasia.
Structure and Usage
I-a-Helping the terminally ill end their lives is gaining traction.
II-a-Public support for assisted dying has grown in the past half-century.
III-a-This should be a basic human right.
IV. Listening Activity
Video Clip: New Mexico Judge Says Doctors Can Aid In Dying
While Listening Tasks
- F- The case discussed was started by 2 doctors from Oregon.
- F- To be eligible for the assisted dying program the patient has to be terminally ill and mentally competent.
- T- The patient’s family, friends, and physician can assist them in dying.
- T- New Mexico is the fifth state to allow doctors to assist patients in dying.
- F- The issue draws criticism from religious groups.
- T- Another criticism of the program is that and poor or weak patients can be pressured to end their lives early.
- T- Aja Riggs stated that if her cancer returns she wants the option to die peacefully at home.
- F-The term “assisted suicide” is different from “aid in dying”.
- T- The states of Oregon, Washington Vermont and hawaii already have laws in place allowing aid in dying.
- T- Oregon has had the law the longest since 1997.