Tomorrow evening 60 Minutes will air an exclusive interview with the physician, Dr. Eric Walsh, who wrote the aid-in-dying prescription for 29 year old terminal brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard after she moved from her home in Alamo, Calif., to Oregon to access its death-with-dignity law. The story also includes interviews with Compassion & Choices advocates inspired by Maynard who helped convince California lawmakers following her death in Nov. 1, 2014, to enact the End of Life Option Act. The law authorizes medical aid in dying as an option for mentally sound, terminally ill adults.
The option of medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults is authorized in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and in California starting June 9. The new coverage of Brittany's partnership with Compassion & Choices to authorize the option of medical aid in dying nationwide inspired the introduction of legislation in the District of Columbia and 25 states (including the California End of Life Option Act), a five-fold increase over the prior year.
Those of us who believe in compassion and dignity at the end-of-life will want to watch. Or, at least hear from Brittany herself in her video below.