Brittany Maynard

The End for ‘Brittany’s Bill’? Legislators Balk at Doctor-Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill

Brittany Maynard’s battle with virulent brain cancer was compelling and heartbreaking, but today it wasn’t enough to sway key California lawmakers. Her decision to end her life last year at age 29 galvanized a campaign to make it legal for doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminally ill patients, but this morning the sponsors of the End of Life Option Act shelved the bill until next year, acknowledging that for now, they lacked the votes to secure passage in the Assembly Health Committee.

In Final Message, Brittany Maynard Urged Appreciation of Life and Choice in Death

As Brittany Maynard—the young UC Berkeley alum whose response to terminal brain cancer ignited a national debate—carried our her plan to end her life on Nov 1, she left behind a message that “it is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change the world! Love and peace to you all.”

In a public message on the website of The Brittany Maynard Fund, she also thanked supportive friends whom she “sought out like water” during her life and her illness.

Taking Control: Facing Terminal Diagnosis, Brittany Maynard Plans to End Her Life

Note: Just days after this article appeared, Brittany Maynard carried out her plan to end her life in her Oregon home, surrounded by those she loved. In a final message, she said that the happiest people are those who “pause to appreciate life and give thanks.” She left behind a foundation advocating legal changes so that California and other states give terminally ill patients the right to “assisted death.” In October of 2015, Gov.

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