Tag Archives: Assisted Suicide

Estate of Dr. Death Includes Original Oil Paintings

Dr. Jacob Kevorkian's estate reveals passion and pain around the politics of death

Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian (May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011) was known widely as “Dr. Death” for his highly politicized pioneering efforts to legalize assisted dying in the United States. In 1991, a judge dismissed a murder charge against Kevorkian, … Continue reading

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Death With Dignity Law: One 29-Year-Old’s Decision To End Her Life

Brittany Maynard's illness is terminal, but she wants to die on her own terms

When 29-year-old Brittany Maynard chooses to end her life next month, she won’t be filed under suicide statistics. That’s because she isn’t committing suicide. Maynard is one of many who have elected to end their lives to avoid the excruciating pain … Continue reading

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Should We Have the Right to Choose Our Deaths?

Assisted dying opens a difficult question on whether we should choose our own deaths or facilitate others'

Should someone with terminal illness, chronic pain or an otherwise severely compromised quality of life have the right to choose the time of his or her own death? How should they decide? Who should help them? How should they do … Continue reading

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We Euthanize Dying Animals, Don’t We?

My grandmother starved to death as the aid-in-dying (formerly assisted suicide) debate continues

Today I write about a subject that is difficult to tackle. When we end the suffering of an animal we call it euthanasia, but for people, the new term is “aid-in-dying” or what we formerly called “assisted suicide”. This is not … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying.” by Derek Humphry

A useful guide for terminally ill and dying patients, their loved ones and the physicians willing to risk their careers to help them die with dignity

As a guide, Final Exit by Derek Humphry blends many styles of writing to advise terminally ill people who want to die with dignity and those who support and take care of them. Final Exit is part instruction manual, part memoir. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Kevorkian” (2010)

A fascinating portrait of a controversial man and his fight for what he believed in

These days Dr. Jack Kevorkian, sadly enough, is not generally associated with a courageous, eccentric, and by many accounts visionary doctor, but rather with his unfortunate moniker: “Dr. Death.” Yet perhaps such a handle is fitting. It is by his … Continue reading

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