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Leader Behind Aid-in-Dying Law Uses It to End Life

Richard Walters had been diagnosed with lung cancer

(Newser) - Richard Walters, a leader in the effort to get Vermont to pass aid-in-dying legislation, used the rules established under the law to end his own life on Friday. He was 90 years old and had been battling cancer. Walters, the leader of Patient Choices Vermont, died at a retirement community... More »

Depressed 24-Year-Old Granted the Right to Die

'Laura' says she has been depressed since childhood

(Newser) - Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium for more than a decade, and 2013 saw 1,807 euthanasia cases in the country, per the Guardian . Occasionally, individual deaths garner international attention, as in the case of the pair of deaf identical twins who were euthanized in December 2012 after learning they... More »

Dying Mom Sues for Right to Die

Christy O’Donnell, 46, doesn't want her daughter to come home, find her dead

(Newser) - Christy O’Donnell knows how she will die, should her body have its way: "Most likely ... my left lung will fill with fluid, I’ll start drowning in my own fluid." Doctors could drain the lung, painfully; ABC News reports she has a morphine intolerance that makes pain... More »

Raped Nurse Dies After 42 Years in Coma

Aruna Shanbaug became face of euthanasia debate in India

(Newser) - Nurse Aruna Shanbaug was 25 when a cleaner at the Mumbai hospital in which she worked sodomized and choked her with metal dog chains. That was Nov. 27, 1973. Left brain-dead and paralyzed, she was kept alive by doctors at King Edward Memorial Hospital who fed her through a feeding... More »

'Right to Die' Opponent Has Died

Kara Tippetts, 38, urged Brittany Maynard not to take her own life

(Newser) - A Christian writer who fueled the debate over assisted suicide and refused to cut her own life short in the face of terminal cancer died yesterday, according to a post on her blog . Kara Tippetts, 38, a pastor's wife and mother of four in Colorado Springs, Colo., was admitted... More »

For NPR's Rehm, Right-to-Die Debate Is Personal

Host wades into debate after her husband was forced to starve himself to death

(Newser) - Diane Rehm is a distinctive voice beloved by the 2.6 million people who listen to her NPR show. She's also made the ethically precarious choice to become a voice in the right-to-die debate, and it's personal: As the Washington Post reports, the 78-year-old Rehm ran smack into... 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 »

Brittany Maynard Ends Own Life

29-year-old thanks 'death with dignity' supporters

(Newser) - Brittany Maynard decided to die on Saturday after all. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," the... More »

29-Year-Old Woman: Why I'm Taking My Own Life

Brittany Maynard plans to legally kill herself next month

(Newser) - A young woman who has fearlessly run half-marathons and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro now faces a more daunting task: taking her own life. But Brittany Maynard, 29, insists she's not the least bit suicidal, People reports. "There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that... More »

Euthanasia for Kids: Belgium Is Considering It

Would be an unprecedented law

(Newser) - It's a jarring headline and a difficult debate: Belgium is currently weighing a bill that would legalize the euthanasia of children. It would obviously require the parents' OK, and apply only to those situations where the child is in what the AP calls a "desperately painful situation."... More »

Ireland: Paralyzed Woman Can't Get Help to Die

Supreme Court rules against Marie Fleming

(Newser) - Marie Fleming, 59, is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis and is ready for a quiet death at home. Under Irish law, which decriminalized suicide in 1993, Fleming could legally take her own life—but her physical condition will not allow her to do so without assistance. So Fleming... More »

Paralyzed Woman in Ireland Loses Right-to-Die Case

Marie Fleming, 59, asked court to bend on assisted suicide

(Newser) - A 59-year-old woman in Ireland paralyzed with severe multiple sclerosis has lost her court fight against the nation's ban on assisted suicide, reports the Irish Times . Marie Fleming sought permission to end her life with the help of her partner of 18 years, but Dublin's High Court rejected... 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 »

Banker Chooses Life Despite Winning Right to Die

Grace Sung Eun Lee won ruling over her devout parents

(Newser) - She won the right to die, but now she apparently wants to live. Grace Sun Eun Lee, a Manhattan banker with an inoperable brain tumor, won a court ruling to die despite the wishes of her highly devout parents—who believe she will go to hell if she chooses death,... More »

Woman Wins Ruling Over Parents for Right to Die

Grace Sung Eun Lee has begged doctors to turn off life support

(Newser) - A New York state appeals court ruled today that Grace Sung Eun Lee has the right to die, the Daily News reports. The incurably ill Manhattan banker has begged doctors to pull the plug, but her religious parents did their best to stop the request. They even released a video... More »

Brit Behind Failed Right-to-Die Fight Dead at 58

Tony Nicklinson was living with locked-in syndrome following 2005 stroke

(Newser) - Tony Nicklinson found living with locked-in syndrome so difficult that he petitioned Britain's High Court to overturn his country's ban on euthanasia. Last week, the court rejected his request, a decision that Nicklinson said had left him "devastated and heartbroken." The 58-year-old died at home today... More »

'Dr. Death' Kevorkian Was No Hero

Do those not terminally ill have the right to die?

(Newser) - Many in America celebrate Jack Kevorkian as a humanitarian champion—but “the moral case for assisted suicide depends much more on our respect for people’s own desire to die than on our sympathy for their devastating medical conditions,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times . “... More »

Feds Seize Suicide Kits Sold by 91-Year-Old Woman

It's helium hoods instead of tea cozies for Sharlotte Hydorn

(Newser) - While lots of grandmas are knitting tea cozies, 91-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn is stitching together suicide kits for her mail-order business. Now FBI agents have raided Hydorn's home in a search for material that could be used in a case against her, reports KTLA . Hydorn's kits consist of tubing... More »

Jack Kevorkian Hospitalized for Kidney Trouble

Enters hospital for second time in weeks

(Newser) - Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian is hospitalized with a kidney problem and pneumonia, the Detroit Free Press reports. It’s the second time in a matter of weeks that the kidney ailment has led to hospitalization. “Last night things flared up and we took him in,” his lawyer... More »

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