Death with Dignity

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Brittany Maynard Sent Email Before She Died

It was message of support to woman who tried to help her dad die

(Newser) - A former nurse who is now an advocate for assisted suicide says one of her most cherished possessions is an email of support she got from Brittany Maynard , who chose to die on Nov. 1 before brain cancer overwhelmed her. But what makes the email special for Barbara Mancini is... More »

Euthanasia Doctors Visit ... Auschwitz?

Ultraorthodox Jews in Antwerp have called the physician a 'professional killer'

(Newser) - Wim Distelmans, a Belgian doctor who helps people die and has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," is raising eyebrows again with a trip he recently led to Auschwitz. The doctors, nurses, and psychologists who joined him from Brussels, most of whom also work in the field of euthanasia, were... More »

I Wish My Wife Made Brittany Maynard's Choice

John La Grange cherished the 38 years he had with his wife, except for the last week

(Newser) - The Vatican described Brittany Maynard's choice to end her own life as "reprehensible," and it wasn't alone in that sentiment, writes John La Grange. He recounts one of the many lines of thought he heard: that Maynard's husband should have fought against her choice, so... More »

Brittany Maynard's Death 'Reprehensible,' Says Vatican

Ending one's life isn't 'dignity': spokesman

(Newser) - The Vatican has made its views on Brittany Maynard's death very clear: The decision to end her own life was "reprehensible," says the Vatican's bioethics chief. "Assisted suicide is an absurdity," Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula tells ANSA . As for Maynard's support for... More »

Brittany Maynard 'Left This World With Zero Regrets'

Death With Dignity supporter traveled worldwide, wanted to 'give back'

(Newser) - When Brittany Maynard chose to end her fight against terminal cancer this weekend, "she left this world with zero regrets on time spent, places been, or people she loved in her 29 years," her obituary reads. Reports today offer a closer look at Maynard's life before she... More »

'Death With Dignity' Should Become the National Norm

And it may, thanks to proposed Massachusetts act: Lewis Cohen

(Newser) - “It is time we became pro-choice at the end of life,” writes Lewis M. Cohen, and Massachusetts’ Death With Dignity Act, poised to pass on Election Day, could finally make that happen. The ballot question, if approved, could “turn death with dignity from a legislative experiment into... More »

Suicide Law Sees 63 Apply, 36 Die in 9 Months

Prescriptions for lethal drugs aren't always used, and 3 attempts failed

(Newser) - Washington State’s Death with Dignity medical suicide law was enacted a year ago today, and in the first 9 months 63 terminally ill patients were prescribed fatal medication and 36 used it to end their lives. Three people attempted to use the drugs but failed; one vomited them back... More »

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