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Physician Assisted Suicide

Priced Out Of Dying In California

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Ravi Parikh

On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.

Californians Now Have Right to 'Aid in Dying': How Did We Get Here?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.11.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Twenty years ago, no one in the United States could claim a right to "physician aid in dying" (also called "physician-assisted suicide"). Today, more than 52 million Americans can.

I Could Have Been That Girl: Is PTSD Incurable?

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenni Schaefer

"I could have been that girl," author and friend June Alexander wrote to me regarding the recent news coverage about a woman in her twenties who was a...

Aid-in-Dying Option Heightens Awareness and Provokes Discussion

Tenessa MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tenessa MacKenzie

The End of Life Option Act goes into effect in California on June 9, 2016, joining a handful of other states with similar legislation. The law empowers a terminally ill adult to request and receive a drug to hasten death.

Canada Looks to Legalize Physician-assisted Suicide: Should the U.S. Follow Suit?

Amal Cheema | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Amal Cheema

he momentum for such a law has been building since the fall, when the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down a criminal ban on the practice.

Trudeau and the Charter: How the Federal Government Has Fallen Short on Physician-Assisted Dying

Dennis Curry | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Dennis Curry

Admittedly, the new liberal government has made strides that we would likely not have witnessed under a Conservative version of this law. But as to whether or not the legislation really holds true to the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision, there exists no compelling argument against the assertion that the Trudeau Liberals have fallen short.

Justin Trudeau's Government Introduces Assisted Suicide Bill

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 04.17.2016 | World

In a long-awaited move, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation on Thursday that would legalize assisted suicide fo...

California Gives Terminally Ill Residents The Right To Die On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics

California residents with terminal illnesses will have the legal option of assisted suicide starting June 9. The state is the fifth to enact "right to...

A Good Archbishop Should Recognize Planned Parenthood's Catholic Values

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You can see this in Aquila's attitude toward Planned Parenthood, which came up repeatedly at the rally. Most of Planned Parenthood's work has nothing to do with abortion but instead with providing women, many of them low-income, with basic health care and family planning.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

Proceed With Caution, Jerry Brown

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

My purpose is rather to strike a cautionary note, to acknowledge the risks of taking this leap, and to call for a much more rigorous set of conditions to be fulfilled by the physicians assuming this weighty responsibility than I have currently seen proposed.

California Assembly Passes Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A hard-fought measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California cleared the state Assembly on Wednesday desp...

Compassion and Empathy at the End of Life: Advanced Care Planning Takes a Giant Step Forward

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay in 2016 for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that may be used to guide decisions for Advanced Directives.

Physician-Assisted Dying: Honest Choices

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Physician-assisted dying is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a new perspective done with a leading physician with much direct experience - and who has quit one of his professional medical associations due to their lack of integrity on the topic.

California Medical Association Drops Opposition To Physician-Assisted Suicide

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living

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

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 ...

Dying Woman Shares Powerful 'Death With Dignity' Message For CA Lawmakers

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

In a HuffPost Live interview Monday, Christy O'Donnell, an attorney and former LAPD sergeant, made a plea to California lawmakers: She wants to leave ...

Same-Sex Marriage and Physician-Assisted Dying: The Connection

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Religious institutions have always wanted to exercise as much control over the individual as possible, but especially in the critical areas of marriage, birth, and death.

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...

5 Things Brittany Maynard's Example Teaches Us About Death And Dying

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Brittany Maynard died on Saturday at the age of 29. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote in a Facebook post, ...

Keep Brittany Maynard's Legacy Alive and Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

This whole argument boils down to a simple premise: who is in charge of our lives? Doctors? Politicians? Religious leaders? Or Us? Are we so feeble minded that we cannot be trusted to be responsible for our own existence?

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you have visited a news oriented website recently, you have likely heard the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Rather than let the tumor dictate the terms of her death, she proactively sought an option that would allow her to end her life in a dignified and humane fashion.

Famous Surgeon: 'Our Health System Has Failed Brittany Maynard'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living

The case of Brittany Maynard — the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer electing to undergo physician-assisted suicide Nov. 1 — has made headlines ...

Belgian Prisoner Wins 'Right to Die'

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Christopher Zoukis

In a case that may have implications for the treatment of prisoners worldwide, a Belgian sex offender was granted a "right to die" via assisted suicide.

Here's A Side Of Dr. Kevorkian You've Probably Never Seen -- His Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the man associated with the rather morbid nickname "Dr. Death," is well known for his work advocating for the rights of the termin...