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Young Woman's Choice Prompts Coversations About Death With Dignity Law


A still photo from the YouTube video of Brittany Maynard talking about her choice to use Oregon's Death with Dignity law.

A still photo from the YouTube video of Brittany Maynard talking about her choice to use Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life Saturday. She was terminally ill and moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity Act.

This high profile case brought renewed attention to Oregon’s law, which allows terminally ill patients to end their own lives by taking lethal medications prescribed by a physician. In 2013, 122 people got prescriptions (pdf) and 71 actually used them to end their lives. Oregon’s law first passed in 1994, and Washington, and Vermont, recently instituted similar laws.

We’ll talk about Death with Dignity in Oregon with Eli Stutsman, a Portland attorney and the lead author of the Oregon law.

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