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Death with dignity.
It’s a loaded phrase.
But for Brittany Maynard, death with dignity was her last request and the last battle she would fight.
The 29 year-old was a young, healthy newlywed–until an aggressive brain tumor forced her to face a heartbreaking reality: No treatment would save her.
When her pain became unbearable, Maynard wanted the choice to end her life. But, she lived in California—a state which refuses to grant doctor-assisted suicide.
Maynard and her family moved to Oregon, where a ‘Death with Dignity’ law has been on the books for years. She was able to end her life, but many people are speaking out against her choice.
Three out of four Americans polled after Brittany’s death agreed that ‘Individuals who are terminally ill, in great pain and who have no chance for recovery, have the right to choose to end their own life.’
Fusion’s Jorge Ramos sat down with Brittany Maynard’s husband where he said, “That there is in fact a distinction between somebody who is suicidal, somebody who is looking to end their life. Whereas my wife wanted to live.”
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Full interview airs May 19 at 10p.