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Right to Die

Dedicated to a Cause

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last Wednesday, March 20, the Connecticut Assembly's Public Health Committee began its consideration of a bill modeled after Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. My heart swelled as I sat with them and heard the witness of these decent, altruistic, dedicated people.

Charges Against Right-To-Die Advocate Tossed

AP | JEFF BAENEN | Posted 03.23.2013 | Crime

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota judge on Friday dismissed charges against the former head of a national right-to-die group accused in the death of an Apple...

Terminally Ill NYC Woman Who Asked To Be Off Life Support Dies

AP | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New Yorker who initially battled her parents for the right to be taken off life support has died. According to her mother, Su...

Death With Dignity in Massachusetts

Lauren Mackler | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Lauren Mackler

Watching a loved one die without dignity is devastating. Sadly, both of my parents experienced prolonged, painful, and what I considered to be, unnecessarily inhumane deaths.

After Being Granted Right To Die, Woman Changes Mind

AP | Posted 10.10.2012 | New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) A terminally ill New York City woman who was given an OK by a court to go off her respirator has decided she wants to stay on life ...

Nagui Morcos, Toronto Professor With Huntington's, Ended Life With Plea For Others

Posted 09.11.2012 | College

A Toronto college professor who set the date of his own death to head off the debilitating effects of his incurable genetic disease urged his country ...

Planning a Death

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 10.22.2012 | Impact
Dr. Susan Corso

In our society, we rarely if ever talk about what we want in a death. Furthermore, when we even raise the subject, our loved ones shush us as being either morbid or too young for the conversation.

Tony Nicklinson's Agonizing Plight Shouldn't Change the Law

Christina Patterson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Christina Patterson

The headache in Athens was a stroke. The doctor who saw him didn't think he'd survive. Now he wishes he hadn't. What he really wants is to be allowed to die.

Can A Person 'Suffer From Life'?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that there is such a thing as "suffering from life"? Do you think that people should be able to make their own decision as to whether or not to end their life?

Man Allowed To Proceed With Case To End 'Intolerable' Life

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 05.12.2012 | World

LONDON — In a case that challenges Britain's definition of murder, a severely disabled man who says his life has no "privacy or dignity" will be...

A Suicide by Any Other Name Is Still Suicide

Gayatri Devi, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Gayatri Devi, M.D.

The dictionary defines suicide as "the act of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally." The intent was clear in both cases. Both John and Mary wanted to end their lives as quickly as possible. Why did the method matter?

Paralyzed Artist Christina Symanski Starved Herself To Death

HuffPost Weird News | David Moye | Posted 02.16.2012 | Home

There's an old saying that artists have to suffer, but after six years of paralysis, Christina Symanski decided she had suffered enough. Symanski, ...

Death and Dying: Let's Change The Subject

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Aunt Sylvia is 96 years old and if you asked her, would tell you she would like to die.

Maintaining A Relationship With God When Your Life Is Intolerable

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

God is there to help us get through those challenges, not to inflict them.

The Choice To End All Choices

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The dying deserve choices in everything from choice of care to choice of where to receive it. Whether to pray or sit quietly. Whether to have visitors. Whether to see a spiritual guide.

Why I Considered Assisted Suicide

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Hillary St. Pierre

Everything had been taken from me: I could not walk more than a few steps, I could not breathe without oxygen, I could no longer play with my son or do the things I loved.

Right-To-Die Billboard Raises Concerns

Religion News Service | By Steve Strunsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Steve Strunsky Religion News Service HILLSIDE, N.J. (RNS) The huge black billboard is hard to miss, looming over a stretch of Route 22 like a harb...

You Still Won't Know Jack

Lewis M. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lewis M. Cohen

Hollywood is masterful at both humanizing and capturing our sympathies for brave revolutionaries, but Kevorkian is not one of those champions.

Are the Frail Elderly Being Urged to Die?

Saul Friedman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Saul Friedman

End-of-life advocates seem to provide little encouragement to fight a disease, and address despondency or depression -- the better to hang onto life and "rage against the dying of the light."

Terri Schiavo Foundation Allegedly Operating Without Permission, Using Deceased Relative's Name 'To Make Money'

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Nothing seemed certain about Terri Schiavo's death. Now there are questions about a tax exempt organization formed in her honor. Once America's mos...

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

Why Euthanasia Is Going to Be Legal Someday

Bryan Cones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bryan Cones

British scientists have discovered "cognition" in a vegetative patient. This may encourage some at the "natural death" end of the pro-life spectrum. But I find it more to be a sign of our cultural denial of death than an affirmation of life.

Ruth Proskauer Smith Dead: Reproductive Rights

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Ruth Proskauer Smith, a reproductive rights pioneer, has died at the age of 102. In 1969, Smith helped form the first steering commi...

The Rom Houben Tragedy And The Case For Active Euthanasia

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.

"Mercy Killing": When Love & Law Conflict

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

The blame in two murder cases rests squarely with a society that forces devoted husbands and wives to choose between the welfare of their spouses and the letter of the law.