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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 04.12.2015 | 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.

Whose Right to Die?

Chris Peak | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Peak

There is one indisputable fact in the world, that upon birth, every person has every reasonable right to live and live their life for as long as their body can do so. That is not up for debate. What seems to be, however, is whether that person has a right to die.

Whisper Users Reveal Their Secret Reasons For Going To The Ballot Box

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

The 2014 elections are quickly approaching, and there's no one reason to head to the ballot box. HuffPost Politics asked Whisper to reach out to i...

Former Nurse Guilty Of Assisting Suicide To Be Sentenced

AP | Posted 10.16.2014 | Crime

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) -- A former nurse in Minnesota who has admitted to going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves is scheduled to be...

Two Perspectives: Assisted Dying or Assisted Living?

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Both Brittany and Kara write beautiful justifications for their positions on life (and death), and I admire both women -- Brittany for taking ownership of her life and the way she wants it to end, and Kara for fighting to be present with her family and to find ultimate meaning in her suffering.

The Progressive Case Against Assisted Suicide

Ana Acton | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Ana Acton

We all must take a skeptical look and acknowledge the role that money and power play in end-of- life decisions, and how assisted suicide is being used by some health care companies and decision-makers to increase their bottom line by denying treatment.

Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Announces Support Of Assisted Suicide Bill

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in ...

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.