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Group to carry on legal fight for medically assisted death

Jan. 14, 2020 12:45 PM EST

A group working to make it legal in Massachusetts for doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses says it will continue its fight despite a recent legal setback. Compassion & Choices in its suit filed in 2016 said legalizing the practice, referred to...

In this Dec. 18, 2019 photo, Ana Estrada, a 42-year-old Peruvian psychologist who is almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life, rides her motorized wheelchair through her home in Lima, Peru. “In Peru, ‘mercy killing’ is a crime carrying three years in jail, so any person or doctor who wants to help her would be committing a crime,” Public Defender Walter Gutiérrez said. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Sick woman campaigns for medically assisted suicide in Peru

Dec. 30, 2019 2:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness, 42-year-old Peruvian Ana Estrada says she is a “prisoner in her own body” and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life. But Peru doesn't permit medically assisted suicide, so Estrada is campaigning for a change in...

New 2019 laws: Easing limit on abuse suits, assisted suicide

Dec. 28, 2019 8:17 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The past year brought hundreds of new laws in New Jersey, including a measure to make it easier for childhood victims of sexual assault to sue for damages. November's legislative election gave Republicans, who have been weathering an electoral downturn for years, something to cheer...

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during an interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Ardern said she’ll do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial. She also hopes artificial intelligence will one day stop such attacks from being broadcast online. (AP Photo/Sam James)

New Zealand leader discusses abortion, marijuana, monarchy

Dec. 5, 2019 4:06 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During an interview with The Associated Press, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed a range of social issues, including three the nation will make decisions on next year: euthanasia, marijuana use and abortion. But one thing she remained quiet about was her...