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Newly Released Videos Show Brittany Maynard Calling For More Right-To-Die Laws

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly three weeks after her death, on what would have been her 30th birthday, Brittany Maynard returned to the national spotl...

Brittany Maynard's Mom Blasts Vatican For Anti-Euthanasia Remarks

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early unde...

The Right to Die

James Van Praagh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
James Van Praagh

I think Brittany Maynard is a hero. She did not want to die. An illness was killing her, and she made a brave decision to leave this Earth before that happened -- even though her own government and some critics didn't make it easy for her.

Was Jesus' Death an Act of "Empire-Assisted Suicide?"

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

In case this feels to trite or clinical, consider the reference to war above. In a typical context, anyone would tend to agree that a teenager putting themselves into harm's way, in which death was all but inevitable, would be tragically wrong.

A Real Right to Life

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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?

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

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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?

Whose Right to Die?

Chris Peak | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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.

Freedom

Andrew Levitas | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Levitas

In 1991 my father was given six months to live, but he spent the next 10 years fighting for his humanity. It was in his final days, with the laws of our country challenging his dignity, that he showed what it is to be truly courageous. This is where my new film Lullaby began.

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...

In the Cause(s) of Justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Aggressive plans to legalize death with dignity are underway in several other states. Most supporters -- this writer included -- believe it will only take a few more until the movement for compassion, autonomy and justice at life's end becomes a right to everyone in the U.S.

Husband Of Brain-Dead Texas Woman Turned To God

Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion

On November 26, Erick Muñoz found his 14-weeks pregnant wife, Marlise, unconscious, the possible result of a blood clot. When the hospital declared h...

Dear God, Please Help My Mother Die

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Instead of a magical cure, I pray for an end to my mother's life. I ask God to ease her into death, and do it soon.

The U.S. and France: Same End-of-Life Struggles

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We need to be educated properly so that we can ensure that our loved ones and we ourselves are cared for in the manner we want. We need to have choices in how we and those we care for are treated, particularly as we near the end of our life.

Quebec Introduces Right-To-Die Legislation

AP | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

QUEBEC CITY -- Quebec's government has introduced right-to-die legislation. If the bill passes the province would become Canada's first with a law per...

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.

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...