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Weeks 44 & 45/2019 in the Death with Dignity Movement

November 4, 2019

In the two weeks from October 21 to November 3, 2019:

  • Media outlets nationwide commemorated the fifth anniversary of Brittany Maynard’s death;
  • Advocates across the country shared their stories and their reasons for supporting death with dignity;
  • Multiple publications catering to medical professionals explored the practice and the language surrounding medical aid in dying.


On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman suffering from terminal brain cancer, used the Oregon Death with Dignity Act to die peacefully and painlessly. Her story sparked a nationwide conversation about death and dying and led to the passage of death with dignity statutes in six jurisdictions since 2015. We shared a remembrance of Brittany by her mother, Deborah Ziegler; here’s how the news media commemorated her death.


Nevada resident Hanna Olivas is dying of a rare blood cancer. A mother of four, she dreads the pain and suffering she will endure in the last stage of her life – and that her children will have to witness – unless she has the option of death with dignity. She shared her story publicly to persuade lawmakers in her state to pass assisted dying legislation.

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