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Jack Kevorkian's 'Deathmobile' For Sale

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.26.2015 | Crime

A Motor City pawn shop hopes to make a killing by selling a 1968 Volkswagen van once owned by Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian. The vehicle, which Kevorkia...

'On the Beach': On the Brink, the Fallout From a Permissive Nuke Deal With Iran

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

With disbelief and faint hope she goes on to ask, "Why must it come to us? Can't anything be done to stop it?"

Right-To-Die Bill Abandoned In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

A California bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek a physician-assisted death failed to advance in the state legislature on Tuesday. ...

1 In 20 Belgian Deaths Is The Result Of Euthanasia

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.01.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The right to die is taken seriously in Belgium, where citizens who get doctors' approval can elect to end their own life on their own terms. The pract...

When Someone Asks You to Help Them Die (VIDEO)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

I have been haunted by a deathbed promise I made 24 years ago. But now with the Aid in Dying movement growing, it's time to break my silence and lend a voice to help terminally ill people control their end of life.

Stephen Hawking Says He Would 'Consider' Assisted Suicide

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.03.2015 | Science

Acclaimed physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says he would contemplate ending his own life through assisted suicide if he ever became too much ...

California Legislature Moves Forward With Assisted Suicide Bill

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

(Adds movement of other bills) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 28 (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Thurs...

California Medical Association Drops Opposition To Physician-Assisted Suicide

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) - The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to...

The Death With Dignity Movement Just Had A 'Major Breakthrough'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

A medical group that has long opposed doctor-assisted death has reversed course and dropped its opposition to the practice, saying the decision should...

Dying Well Means Dying At Home

Allen Frances | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

There should be a statutory, civil right to die for those whose lives are made unbearable by incurable illness. It is an inherent contradiction to be both a libertarian and simultaneously against allowing others to end their lives of pain on their own terms.

Death vs. Life: One Size Does Not Fit All

Marion Leary | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering? 

Assisted Suicide Bill Gets Posthumous Endorsement From Woman Who Inspired It

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who went public with her decision to have a physician-assisted suicide and reignited efforts to legalize the ...

Aid in Dying

Jane Gross | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Jane Gross

This is the way my mother died -- by choice, after much research that we did together, in a nursing home that both permitted and facilitated the process and after 13 days with little demonstrable suffering.

The Final Promise Brittany Maynard's Husband Made Before She Died

OWN | Posted 03.17.2015 | OWN

Coping with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer at age 29 was an unimaginable struggle for newlywed Brittany Maynard. Facing a six-month life expecta...

More States Consider 'Death With Dignity' Laws

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

The Right to Die

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Wolfe

Why can't we offer dignity to those that know they are dying, that know that they will die in excruciating pain and will spend their last days suffering? Why can't we respect the wishes of those who want to exit gracefully, respectfully, surrounded by those they love?

California Lawmakers To Pursue Right-To-Die Legislation

AP | By FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain c...

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A Real Right to Life

Peter Schwartz | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Brittany Maynard has a right to life -- to her life. And a right to one's life requires, as an inseparable corollary, the right to terminate it. What else is a right to some action if not the freedom to choose whether or not to engage in it?

Love Fierce As the Grave... and Better Than Death With Dignity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have been sought out by Christ in his strong covenant affection; I am his, and he is mine. In him I have been chosen and sealed until the day of redemption, when our love will become not a temporary but an eternal reality.

Vatican Official Condemns Brittany Maynard's Assisted Suicide

AP | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's top bioethics official on Tuesday called "reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain...

Amanda Gutterman

Why We Need To Start Talking About Death Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books

Whether you call it “assisted suicide” or “death with dignity,” stories about people choosing to die on their own terms have been making the n...

Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.

Open Letter to Brittany Maynard

Wendy Berk | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Berk

I respect the courage you expressed in not only making the decision to end your life, but for sharing it with the world.

Brittany Maynard Brought Much-Needed Attention to Brain Cancer and Choosing Dignity

Mark Green | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Green

Brittany's public, controversial, and very brave decision has helped me reflect upon my own three years of living with this disease, and the gripping fear I face with each MRI, as I hold my breath and watch the doctor pull up the screen on his laptop.