A Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied Dr. Lawrence Egbert's request to reinstate his medical license Thursday, but not before expressing some sympathy for the right-to-die advocate linked to six deaths in Maryland.
Bolstered by a victory in California this week, "death with dignity" advocates in Maryland have renewed their push to pass a law allowing terminally ill patients to use a prescription drug to end their lives.
The national right-to-die group Final Exit Network was convicted Thursday of assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman, after a Baltimore doctor who helped lead the organization and was present for the woman's death testified against it.
Fourteen years ago, O.J. Brigance delivered the first tackle in the Ravens' first Super Bowl win. Tuesday, testifying with a machine that replaced the voice ALS took from him, the former linebacker told state lawmakers his most significant feat came after he grieved his degenerative condition and decided to live.
Dick Israel spent more than two decades behind the scenes in Annapolis guiding lawmakers. Now he plans to spend his final months alive lobbying the them from afar, advocating for the right to die when he chooses, a final act of control over a disease that robbed him of it.
For NPR's Diane Rehm, the inability of the dying to get legal medical help to end their lives has been a recurring topic on her show. But her husband's slow death helped compel her to enter the contentious right-to-die debate.
Catherine Weber has taken her death into her hands by joining up with Denver-based Compassion and Choices, which launched a National Call to Action on Wednesday in Annapolis to call for Death with Dignity Legislation.