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Teen In Chronic Pain Wants 'Last Dance' At Prom Before She Dies

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices

Jerika Bolen feels intense pain every day, and, at 14, she’s lived longer than expected with the rare disease that causes it. She suffers from spin...

Californians With Terminal Illness Now Have The Right To Die On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics

California's new right-to-die law went into effect Thursday, allowing terminally ill patients to choose to end their own lives. "Simply having the opt...

Canada Legalizes Assisted Dying, But Leaves Doctors In Dark On Rules

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.07.2016 | World

Physician-assisted dying is now legal in Canada in cases where patients have a "grievous and irremediable" illness. But because the government has yet...

It's My Brain Cancer and My Death

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Kathleen Kiley

Tracey Gamer-Fanning, who has been at the forefront of our national conversation about a patient's right to use cannabis and medical marijuana to trea...

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...

Diane Rehm: A Class Act

Melanie Bishop | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Melanie Bishop

In On My Own, Diane Rehm shares with readers her experience of early grief after losing John Rehm, her husband of 54 years. Rehm's attempt to discover who she will be without her life mate, offers up questions any of us might consider when faced with a loss of similar magnitude.

Baby Boomers' Last Revolution Will Be Changing the Way We Die, Part 1

Nell Minow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

Baby boomers have spent more than half a century revolutionizing the way we live. Now it is time for us to revolutionize the way we die. We came of ...

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

Single Mom With Terminal Cancer On Why She Fought For California's End Of Life Option Act

The Doctors | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Dr. Phil

The End of Life Option Act, which allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients, was signed into law in California o...

Right-To-Die Opponents Are Trying To Repeal California's New Law

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

Opponents of California's new right-to-die law, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed earlier this week, are attempting to repeal the measure in next year...

A Grave Decision for Californians!

Joni Eareckson Tada | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Joni Eareckson Tada

People with disabilities know how to deal with catastrophic losses, but this loss is too much. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a dangerous bill making California the 5th state to legalize assisted suicide, following Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont.

Right To Die Becomes Law In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed California's right-to-die bill into law Monday, allowing terminally ill residents of the nation's most populous...

Dear Governor Brown: I Don't Want to Die on Cancer's Terms

Naomi Sichler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Naomi Sichler

Governor Brown: I urge you to sign ABX2-15. Give me and the dozens of other amazing humans I've met on my journey with cancer (and the countless others I've never met) some peace and relief from the dread of those final months.

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.

Right-To-Die Bill Passes In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

The "death with dignity" movement marked a victory in California Friday when the state Senate passed a bill allowing terminally ill patients to end th...

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...

Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard Advances In California

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California...

California Lawmakers Reintroduce Right-To-Die Bill

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Tuesday reintroduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide that had stalled a...

Right to Die Pioneer Offered Lesson in How to Live

Randy Turner | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Randy Turner

Christy, who spent so much of her life fighting for her sister's right to die and working to help other families who faced end of life and quality of life decisions, spent her last six months showing people how to die. But just as importantly, she showed them how to live.

Death With Dignity Advocates Say Most Catholic Voters Support The Right To Die

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion

A proposed bill in California that would have allowed terminally ill patients the right to die failed to advance last week, and its failure has been l...

Right-To-Die Advocates Face Strong Opposition From Catholics

The Associated Press | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong oppositi...

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. ...

Dutch Doctors Urge Lawmakers To Extend Euthanasia Law To Children

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

Doctors of the Dutch Paediatric Association are calling on lawmakers in the Netherlands to consider extending the country's euthanasia law to terminal...

Jeb! 50 Shades of Religious Conviction

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.

European Court Rules France Can Take Man Off Life Support After 7-Year Coma

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

STRASBOURG, France, June 5 (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights on Friday allowed France to take a man in a coma off life support, in a case...