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Why can't Arizona allow dignified, painless deaths?

Oct 13, 2014

Arizona Republic

One group that supports the right of terminally ill people to kill themselves so they don't have to die in pain is the Compassion & Choices group. It was originally called the Hemlock Society.


8:39 p.m. MST October 12, 2014

My mother died from brain cancer. I know from experience that no one should have to face that kind of an exit. My last memory of her was of her screaming from the hallucinations that were tearing through her mind.

EJ Montini's column on Brittany Maynard's decision to move to Oregon to end her life peacefully, in response to this same terminal diagnosis, should be a wake-up call for all of us ("Life with dignity is leading woman to death with dignity," Valley & State, Friday).

She's 29. She had her whole life ahead of her. This can happen to anyone.

Arizona needs to catch up with states that offer physician-assisted suicide. We shouldn't have to relocate at the end of life to avoid a gruesome death.

—JoAnnRichi,
Phoenix