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Assisted Suicide

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 06.23.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

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

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...

Dr. Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death's Art on Display

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Irene Rubaum-Keller

At the gallery are portraits of his parents, some pop-art related to music and politics, and the most intriguing paintings are of people in various stages of death, dying or diseased.

New Mexico Must Stand Strong and Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's one of those topics that can stir a national debate in no time: Should a person have the right to end his life when he's ready to die? In January...

Judge Issues Ruling On Nurse Accused Of Helping Her Father Commit Suicide

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of...

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Judge Rules to Allow Physician Assisted Suicide in New Mexico

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The ruling by Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District would make New Mexico the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe fatal prescriptions to terminal patients.

State's Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Assisted Suicide Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will consider the case of a national right-to-die group accused of playing a role in the 2007 suicide...

Man Convicted Of Murder Will Get New Trial In Case of Assisted Suicide

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of murder after claiming he was only helping a stra...

Hawking Speaks Out About Assisted Suicide

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2013 | Science

LONDON (Reuters) - British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has backed the right for people who are terminally ill to choose to end their lives and to rece...

Assisted Suicide Case Raises Questions Of 'Death With Dignity'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- No one may ever know Barbara Mancini's intentions when she allegedly handed her dying 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine at his c...

Crimes and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What we don't need time to learn is that enforcement of laws in the hands of the wrong people produce results as bad as the results authorities hope to prevent.

Nurse Charged With Aiding Father's Suicide

AP | Posted 08.01.2013 | Crime

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine...

Caring Daughter or Murder Suspect?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
David Casarett, M.D.

If you're a friend or family member of a hospice patient, you could be facing a murder charge. That's the not-so-subtle message that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sending to dying patients and their families.

Suicide: A Love Story

Mark S. King | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

"Did I ever tell you about the night that Emil died?" my brother Richard asked me. It was 1992, and AIDS had taken Richard's lover a full three years earlier. The death ended a love affair that had lasted more than a decade.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows National Support For Legalized Doctor-Assisted Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

Vermont this week became the fourth U.S. state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, and a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds t...

Controversial Law Raises Questions For Doctors

stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 05.16.2013 | 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...

State Moves One Step Closer To Landmark Suicide Legislation

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House approved a measure Monday night that would allow doctors to provide lethal medication to terminally ill pati...

State Moves Closer To Enacting Rare Suicide Legislation

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

Vermonters in favor of doctor-assisted suicides are one step closer to seeing legislation enacted. The Vermont State Senate voted 17-13 on Wednesda...

Poll: Wide Majorities Of Most U.K. Religions Support Assisted Suicide

Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion

By Trevor Grundy Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A new poll finds overwhelming support for assisted suicide for the terminally il...

Getting the Freedom to Die

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

If we as a country believe that people have personal autonomy over their own bodies, we should also recognize that it is everyone's independent choice as to when their life should end.

The Storyteller Is Less Than Picoult's Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Jodi Picoult has proven with her series of novels that she is a great storyteller. Now she has written a book about storytellers that is titled The Storyteller.

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.

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?