The women of the “The View” were split on Friday morning over whether or not they supported the idea of patients with terminal illnesses ending their lives with doctor-assisted suicide.
Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has a fast-growing brain tumor, made news this week after scheduling her own suicide for Nov. 1. Rosie O’Donnell defended Maynard’s right to die on her own terms, which is only legal in five U.S. states.
“I’m totally an advocate for it,” O’Donnell said. “To get to have control over your death when you’ve had no control for so long over your illness I think is the humane thing to do.”
“I agree with you,” Rosie Perez said. “I think people should have the right, but it would be so hard for me. It would be so hard for me if a loved one would say, ‘I’m going to make this choice.’ I’m just being honest. It would break my heart if my sister did that.”
Tears could be seen in Perez’s eyes as she became visibly emotional. Both O’Donnell and Goldberg reached out to comfort her.
“The craziest thing about people going, is it has to be, it should be, on their terms,” Goldberg said. She then had to pause and compose herself.
“You’re just acting like a Puerto Rican,” Perez told her co-host.
Goldberg explained that her own late-mother asked not to be put on life support when she was facing death.
“If I’m not fully gone, put me in the microwave,” Goldberg admitted her mother said to her.
Watch the video of Friday morning’s “The View” above.