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#TheBrief: Assisted Suicide After the Age of Kevorkian

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Brittany Maynard’s decision last weekend to end her life at 29, rather than continue receiving care for terminal brain cancer, has revived the debate over assisted suicide.

Maynard’s supporters call their movement “Death With Dignity,” on the grounds that mentally fit, terminally ill patients should have the right to obtain lethal drugs from a doctor that allows them to end their life on their own terms.

Here’s your brief on how Maynard represents the revival of the aid in dying movement that faded after the jailing of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

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