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Man at center of French soul-searching on life support dies

Jul. 11, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation. Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris nine days after doctors stopped...

Use of California assisted death law drops in 2018

Jul. 9, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials say 337 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives last year, down from 374 in 2017. The California Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 452 people received prescriptions under the law. That's down from 577 people in 2017, the...

Montana to audit end-of-life care at state mental hospital

Jul. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana plans an audit of operations in a wing of the state psychiatric hospital after The Montana Standard reported concerns the hospital is not equipped to care for patients with dementia and some are not receiving adequate end-of-life care. Gov. Steve Bullock called for the...

Who wants to listen to the angel of death?

Jul. 4, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (AP) — The death doula drove down U.S. 19, past the hearing aid store, the funeral home and the Golden Corral with the senior discount. She wore a black tourmaline necklace to ward off negativity, but still, she worried. Perhaps God would ignore her prayers and the words would come out...

Public weighs in on right-to-die bills for terminally ill

Jun. 25, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of legislation that would legalize the right to die for the terminally ill packed a Statehouse hearing Tuesday alongside opponents. The two bills would allow those with a terminal illness or condition to ask their doctor for life-ending drugs. Supporters said the legislation would...

Capitol Watch: What didn't get done in 2019 session

Jun. 22, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, lawmakers ended their 2019 session on Friday with a long list of progressive accomplishments but several high-profile bills didn't get a vote. The list includes proposals to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales, permit paid surrogacy,...

Lawyer: Man charged in assisted suicide a loving husband

Jun. 21, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of helping his terminally ill wife kill herself last year was a loving husband whose spouse was "suffering terribly" from cancer, his lawyer said Friday after a brief court appearance. Kevin Conners, of Westbrook, was arraigned on a manslaughter charge in Middletown...

Connecticut man charged with assisting wife's suicide

Jun. 20, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) — A Westbrook man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest...

Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Jun. 19, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state...

Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for gravely ill people

Jun. 18, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House sent the governor a measure Tuesday amending the state's assisted suicide law by removing the waiting period for people who have less than 15 days to live. It's a move that opponents say amounts to an expansion of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, arguing the measure...