Assisted Suicide
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Judge overturns California assisted suicide law

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/16/18, 11:31 am

A California judge on Tuesday threw out the state’s assisted suicide law on a technicality. The state legislature passed the law during a special session devoted to other business, making it unconstitutional, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled. The law, which went into effect June 9, 2016, allows adults to get prescriptions for life-ending drugs if a doctor has ruled they have less then six months to live. State health officials reported 111 terminally ill people committed assisted suicide in the first six months the law was in effect.

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J.J. Hanson dies at 36

Obituary | The former Marine with brain cancer was an outspoken opponent of assisted suicide
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/01/18, 11:23 am

Activist J.J. Hanson, a vocal opponent of assisted suicide, died Dec. 30, more than three years after receiving a terminal diagnosis for brain cancer. He was 36. He is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons, a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old.

Hanson’s cancer, glioblastoma, was the same aggressive type that has afflicted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and that had spurred assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard to take her own life in 2014. Hanson, a former Marine, served in Iraq and later worked in New York state government, living in the Hudson Valley.

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Esther’s story

Life | In a state known for legal assisted suicide, one terminally ill young woman instead chose to live each God-given day to its fullest
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/28/17, 01:30 pm

SALEM and AUMSVILLE, Ore.—Esther Ybarra’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service in September began in the same manner in which she lived, according to friends: in worship. Along with sounds of guitars and song, the Salem, Ore., chapel where 600 mourners gathered to commemorate the young woman rang with occasional laughter as friends and family shared memories of one whose life had impacted so many. There were also sniffles and tissues as people lamented her short life—just 21 years.

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