(RNS) "Death with dignity" or "legalized suicide"? Gov. Jerry Brown could sign a bill making his the most populous state to allow physician-assisted dying -- or veto it.
(RNS) Right-to-die legislation inspired by patient advocate Brittany Maynard passed a milestone in California Thursday when the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted dying.
Opponents fear this is a push for the elderly, disabled and depressed to kill themselves. Supporters say the act, packed with safeguards, is a matter of dignity and autonomy for the dying.
(RNS) A coroner has issued a death certificate for brain dead Jahi McMath, 13. But her mother says she lives and shows "improvement." Ethicists examine the definition of death and the challenges of hope.
(RNS) Most people have not written down their views on the treatments they want -- or don't want -- if they become too ill to speak for themselves. But one expert says there's spiritual value in completing advance directives.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Race, religion and a sense of the role of the family all play into end-of-life decisions for African-Americans, “and you cannot disentangle them,” said Karen Bullock, a professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Communication, physical independence and enjoyment in daily life are more important to a good quality of life than freedom from severe pain, according to a new survey.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold strong views on the care they want -- or don't want -- if they are faced with an incurable disease. A new survey from Pew Research finds that the number of those who would fight death to the bitter end is growing.
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