Euthanasia supporters plan for supreme court challenge for right to end life

Once joined in matrimony, Adele and Victor Stevens now share a garden fence on a quiet suburban street in the Woden Valley. The ageing neighbours have had their share of arguments since meeting in high school, marrying and separating, but they’re both certain of one thing. They want to control…

The courage to die

The day he was to die, Vernon Gearhard had breakfast with Fran, his wife of 57 years, their three children and their spouses. He listened to some of his favorite music – classical pianist Johannes Brahms and opera singer Kathleen Battle – and around noon, he and Fran sat on…

California lawmakers approve bill to allow terminally ill to end lives after earlier rejection

The state Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives after an emotional and deeply personal debate, sending the proposal to the Senate that is expected to endorse it. It was the second effort by California lawmakers this year to allow doctors to…