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Californian law operating well.

According to according to a report just released by the Californian Department of Public Health, 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their...

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Mary wants to be able to enjoy her last days

Mary Klein, a retired journalist and artist, lives with her wife of 37 years, Stella Dawson, and their dog in Washington, D.C.. Klein has advanced ovarian cancer and supports the bill which legalised medical aid in dying in Washington DC. Mary and Stella have just featured...

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Majority of Americans Remain Supportive

                  As right-to-die legislation is under debate in many states, 73% of U.S. adults say a doctor should be allowed to end a terminally ill patient's life by painless means if the patient requests it. This is the result from the question "When a person has...

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Nevada bill passes legislative committee

Terminally ill patients in Nevada who want to choose when to end their own lives are one step closer to having that right, after the state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2, to advance legislation. Senate Bill 261, by Las Vegas Democrat David...

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Oregon patients accessing assistance

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a 12 percent yearly increase in lethal prescriptions under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act from 1998 to 2013. Overall, 1,545 patients obtained a lethal prescription from 1998 through 2015. On average, 64...

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Colorado woman ends her life

On Sunday, Kathy Myers took the medication that ended her life, surrounded by her husband and their daughter and the Hospice nurse, who asked to be there in case something went wrong, and to learn more about the process. “We held hands. She laid back...

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Handful of Senators defeat bill in New Mexico

The state Senate on Wednesday night defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill people, expected to die within six months. Senate Bill 252 was sponsored by Democrat Senator Liz Stefanics.  In a 22-20 vote, seven Democrats joined 15 Republicans to...

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MAID Act passes Hawai’i Senate

In a full floor vote, the Hawai‘i Senate today voted 22 to 3 to approve Senate Bill 1129, the Medical Aid in Dying Act, and refer it to the House of Representatives for further consideration. SB1129 SD1 is modelled on the Oregon statute and includes...

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She chose to end her life on her own terms

On April 19, 2009, surrounded by close family, Nancy swallowed a mixture of applesauce and powdered barbiturates that would cause her to fall asleep and never wake up. Nancy, aged 58, had Lou Gehrig's disease, the progressive and incurable disorder destroys nerve cells that control...

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Doctor Death Penalty Bill defeated in Montana

The Montana House reversed course today and rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to EXECUTE (!) doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for a terminally ill adult who requests it to peacefully end their suffering. HB 536 would have overturned...