Assisted Suicide
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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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Preserving life in New York

Assisted suicide | In a major moment for the fight against physician-assisted suicide, New York’s highest court unanimously rules against the practice
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/08/17, 12:48 pm

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, on Thursday unanimously refused to legalize assisted suicide, a huge moment in the state’s fight over the practice. Assisted suicide is the practice, distinguished from a patient refusing medical care, where a doctor prescribes lethal drugs that a patient then self-administers at a time of his or her choosing. In New York, assisting in a suicide is a felony.

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