March 15, 2016
(Forbes) – The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes just featured an in-depth profile of Eric Walsh, the Oregon physician best known for helping 29-year-old Brittany Maynard end her life in 2014, when she opted not to undergo further treatment for a brain tumor. As the program pointed out, the lethal cocktail of barbiturates Walsh prescribed to Maynard is only legal in five states, including California, which recently passed its End of Life Option Act. But the lack of laws allowing physicians to help terminally ill patients end their own lives is only part of the story of why what some refer to as “death with dignity” is so difficult to achieve in the United States.
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