Choosing To Die
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The aid in dying movement is growing. Montana, Oregon and Washington already have laws permitting right-to-die options. In January, a New Mexico district court authorized physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent terminally ill adults. And last year, Vermont passed a law permitting patients to choose what advocates call "death with dignity." Public support of assisted dying has expanded in recent years as baby boomers deal with the death of their parents, many of whom are living into their 80s and 90s and suffering from diseases linked to longevity, such as dementia and many types of cancer. Diane and her guests discuss the aid in dying movement and what is driving its growth.
president, Compassion & Choices. She co-authored the nation’s first death with dignity law in Oregon that took effect in 1997 and was a nurse and physician assistant before becoming a private attorney.
surgical oncologist and cancer researcher in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine.
daughter of a terminally ill patient who ended his own life.