End Of Life

Physician-Assisted Dying

Cover photo: Brittany Manard and her dog Charlie. On June 9, 2016, physician aid-in-dying became legal in California. The new “End Of Life Option Act” allows terminally ill people to hasten their deaths. Opinion polls have shown strong support for assisted-dying over the last thirty years. But Catholic Church leaders and medical groups have beaten back many attempts to legalize aid-in-dying. They succeeded in defeating a 1992 ballot initiative and stalling bills pending in the State Legislature. What finally broke the logjam was a video that went viral. JoAnn Mar has this report.

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