Vermont Passes 'Aid In Dying' Measure, in the New York Times, May 14, 2013. The wonderful news when Vermont became the third state with an aid-in-dying law and the first to be passed by a state legislature.
Sunday Dialogue -- Choosing How We Die, in the New York Times, March 31, 2013. A letter to the editor by Janice Lynch Schuster, followed by responses from Derek Humphry, Betty Rollin and others. Some good and some not-so-good, but all worth reading. Illustrates an important point: we all have different viewpoints about end of life, but it is critical that mentally competent adults have the option to cut their suffering short should they [...]
"The Suicide Plan", on Frontline. The documentary on assisted dying produced by Boston PBS station WGBH, first aired on PBS on November 30, 2012. Covers Final Exit, Compassion and Choices, and Derek Humphry. Gives more than equal time to opponents to spread distortions, but well worth watching.
Over My Dead Body: Helping the terminally ill to die, once taboo, is gaining acceptance, from The Economist, October 20, 2012. An important and informative survey of growing acceptance of death with dignity, in Europe and the English-speaking world. Debunks the "slippery slope" argument and has many statistics about death with dignity worldwide. Check out the final section about the "Liverpool care pathway for the dying patient."
"The Suicide Tourist" on FrontLine. A powerful documentary about Craig Ewert, terminally ill with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), facing a horrible death, who went to Switzerland to end his life with the assistance of the wonderful Swiss group Dignitas
In Ill Doctor, a Surprise Reflection of Who Picks Assisted Suicide, from the New York Times, August 11, 2012. Details the history of the death with dignity laws in Oregon and Washington, showing conclusively the benefits of these laws and that there is no "slippery slope" pushing anybody to end their lives prematurely.
Do Not Resuscitate, Do Not Feel Remorse -- by Candy Schulman, from the Chicago Tribune, July 14, 2011. The author describes her caregiving for her mother, suffering from advanced dementia.
The Good Short Life -- by Dudley Clendinen, from the New York Times, July 9, 2011. A moving and powerful article by the journalist and author, detailing his plans to make a final exit to avoid suffering through death by ALS.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, by Roger Ebert. From Roger Ebert's website, June 29, 2011. The famed movie critic discusses assisted dying and explains why it should be legal.
Unitarian Universalist Association policy on aid in dying - "The Right To Die With Dignity". The official policy of the Unitarian Universalist Association -- The 1988 General Resolution -- fascinating and important. Opens with a profound statement: "Guided by our belief as Unitarian Universalists that human life has inherent dignity, which may be compromised, when life is extended beyond the will or ability of a person to sustain that dignity; and believing [...]
What Broke My Father's Heart -- by Katy Butler, in the New York Times Magazine, June 18, 2010. One of the articles that served as the basis for Ms. Butler's powerful new book, about her father's suffering and her inability to get doctors to turn off her father's pacemaker when keeping it on was only prolonging his sufffering.
One Piece of Health Reform: Avoiding 'Bad' Deaths, in the New York Times, August 18, 2009. Excellent article by Jane Brody about complex and difficult end-of-life choices. "Most measures taken when patients are terminally ill, including the use of feeding tubes, ventilators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, do nothing to prolong meaningful life. Rather, as Dr. Jeff Gordon put it in the title of his new book, they represent 'A Death Prolonged.'"