In 1992, Sue Rodriguez forced the right-to-die debate into the spotlight in Canada.
In a video statement played to members of Parliament, the Victoria woman, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1991, asked legislators to change the law banning assisted suicide.
"If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?" she said.
The Supreme Court of Canada ultimately ruled against Rodriguez, but her struggle galvanized the public. Rodriguez committed suicide in 1994 with the help of an anonymous doctor.
In Canada, as in most countries, assisted suicide is illegal. But there seems to be a growing movement toward changing the law in many parts of the world.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/...#ixzz0o1ET06sShttp://www.mahalo.com/assisted-suicideThe Death with Dignity act of Oregon has been in place since October 27, 1998. It allows terminally-ill residents of Oregon, who are of sound mind, to end their lives through voluntary self-administration of lethal medications that have been prescribed by a physician specifically for that purpose.Oregon.gov: Death With Dignity Act
Washington became the second state to enable the Death with Dignity Act on November 4, 2008.Death With Dignity: Road to Success in Washington
5 Montana followed suit on December 6, 2008.Huffington Post: Montana Assisted Suicide Ruled
6 The decision in Montana is being appealed.Boston Herald: Lawmaker wants NH to legalize assisted suicide
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Do you agree with assisted suicide? Do you think it is murder or the right thing to do for someone that is suffering? And do you think that people should be able to just commit suicide at home or should it be under a DR's immediate supervision? What should be the criteria for being assisted with your suicide? Mere depression (these are adults after all) or terminal illness? I think this is a very interesting topic. And I am tired of racism threads and it was this or abortion.