Monday, November 3, 2014

Oregon Woman, Center of National Debate, Ends Life in Assisted Suicide

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The Oregon woman who stirred a national debate about assisted suicide drank a lethal mixture of sedatives and respiratory-depressing drugs Sunday night. Her obituary was posted to her website this morning.

Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain tumor, triggering her move from the San Francisco area to Oregon, which allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

“Brittany chose to make a well thought out and informed choice to Die With Dignity in the face of such a terrible, painful, and incurable illness," reads her obituary. "She moved to Oregon to pass away in a little yellow house she picked out in the beautiful city of Portland. Oregon is a place that strives to protect patient rights and autonomy; she wished that her home State of California had also been able to provide terminally ill patients with the same choice."

Maynard had told friends that she intended to celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30 but that she was getting sicker and dealing with more pain and seizures, prompting her decision to end her life this past weekend.

Since Oregon voters approved a death-with-dignity law in 1994, approximately 750 people have used the protection to end their lives. The median age of those who have used the law was 71, and six were younger than 35 years old.

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