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Coverage: 'Death with Dignity' debate

Follow our coverage of the issue and its ongoing controversy.

  • Judge denies right-to-die doctor's petition for medical license reinstatement

    Judge denies right-to-die doctor's petition for medical license reinstatement

    A Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied a request by Dr. Lawrence Egbert to reinstate his medical license Thursday, but not before expressing some sympathy for the right-to-die advocate linked to six deaths in Maryland. Judge Marcus Z. Shar explained to Egbert, 87, that his powers to review the case...

  • Right-to-die advocates renew push in Maryland, have Busch's support

    Right-to-die advocates renew push in Maryland, have Busch's support

    Bolstered by a victory in California this week, "death with dignity" advocates in Maryland have renewed their push to allow terminally ill patients to use a prescription drug to end their lives. "As with gay marriage, there is a wave," said Del. Shane Pendergrass, a committee vice chairman and...

  • Right-to-die group convicted of assisting in Minnesota suicide

    Right-to-die group convicted of assisting in Minnesota suicide

    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 the group. Jurors, who deliberated for about 90 minutes,...

  • 'Death with dignity' bill extinguished without a vote

    'Death with dignity' bill extinguished without a vote

    Hope ended Wednesday for those who wanted Maryland to pass a "death with dignity" law this year. Leaders of two key committees considering a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe medicine to help terminally ill patients end their lives decided not to vote on the proposal, effectively...

  • Raven O.J. Brigance joins emotional debate over 'death with dignity' bill

    Raven O.J. Brigance joins emotional debate over 'death with dignity' bill

    Fourteen years ago, O.J. Brigance delivered the first tackle in the Ravens' first Super Bowl win. On Tuesday, testifying with a machine that replaced the voice taken from him by ALS, the former linebacker told Maryland lawmakers that his most significant feat came after he grieved over his degenerative...

  • Dying former official a focus of Maryland assisted suicide bill

    Dying former official a focus of Maryland assisted suicide bill

    It's been more than 15 years since Dick Israel's body started to revolt. Back then, in the early days of his Parkinson's disease, Israel still wrote legal opinions in flowery script from an old-fashioned fountain pen, churning out advice for the General Assembly. He charmed political giants with...

  • 'Death with Dignity' advocates rally in Annapolis

    'Death with Dignity' advocates rally in Annapolis

    Advocates for a "death with dignity" law lobbied Annapolis lawmakers Wednesday, trying to garner support for a proposal that's under consideration in legislatures across the country.  A pending bill that would allow certain terminally ill patients to take a doctor-prescribed pill will get its first...

  • Discussion over 'death with dignity' emerging in Maryland

    Discussion over 'death with dignity' emerging in Maryland

    Dr. Lawrence Egbert wishes the dictionary had a better word to describe what happened to more than a dozen Marylanders as he held their hands and watched their lives end. It wasn't suicide, says the doctor who lost his state medical license last month for his role in some of those deaths. For Egbert...

  • Howard legislator is primary House sponsor for death with dignity bill

    Howard legislator is primary House sponsor for death with dignity bill

    A member of Howard County's General Assembly delegation is the primary sponsor for a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill Marylanders.  Del. Shane Pendergrass, a Democrat from District 13, introduced the legislation in the House on Friday. She said afterward that...

  • NPR host Diane Rehm emerges as a key force in the right-to-die debate

    NPR host Diane Rehm emerges as a key force in the right-to-die debate

    Diane Rehm and her husband John had a pact: When the time came, they would help each other die. John's time came last year. He could not use his hands. He could not feed himself or bathe himself or even use the toilet. Parkinson's had ravaged his body and exhausted his desire to live. "I am ready...

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