More states are considering laws allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescribed medication.
The United States is experiencing a period of growing interest in death with dignity laws. Sometimes known as “assisted suicide” or “right to die” initiatives, these laws make it possible for terminally ill patients to use prescribed medication to end their lives peacefully rather than suffering a difficult death.
The catalyst for greater national attention to this issue was 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, a woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to end her life in 2014. Maynard chose Oregon because California had not yet passed its aid-in-dying law, and Oregon is one of just a few other states that currently allow terminally ill patients to receive aid in dying. But more states may follow soon.
Use the links below to learn more about the status of death with dignity laws in your state.