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The world is a beautiful place, defeating BJP’s K Surendran.The CPI(M) candidate CH Kunhambu came third With inputs from agencies Long before the world knew of Brittany Maynard’s wrenching decision to end her own life Saturday at 29 rather than continue treatment for terminal brain cancer Eli Stutsman an Oregon lawyer began meeting with a group of physicians and businesspeople in Portland who shared his belief that the terminally ill should be able to decide how and when to die The group started small meeting first in public libraries then graduating to a church and eventually a small office space By 1993 they hammered out what would become the state’s Death With Dignity law the first in the United States to give people with months to live the right to access lethal medication Then as now it was a polarizing idea Earlier efforts to pass similar measures had failed in California and Washington “We were being hit with these overheated arguments mostly from the Catholic Church” Stutsman says when his group first went public with their proposed legislation “It felt like we had made a horrible career mistake” But a grassroots campaign and lobbying effort built enough support and in 1994 the bill Stutsman co-wrote passed the Oregon legislature It took effect three years later after an appeals court lifted a federal injunction prompted by legal challenges that the law violated the Constitution’s First and Fourteenth Amendments For the next decade where a candidate stood on the Death with Dignity law became a crucial litmus test in Oregon politics The culture wars have since moved on "Those days are long gone" Stutsman says "Its not an issue in campaigns There was a time when it was a big issue but all of that has settled down" As the controversy faded so did momentum for similar laws around the country Oregon is one of only three states that allow aid in dying which generally lets doctors prescribe drugs to terminally ill patients who are deemed mentally competent In the 17 years since the law took effect almost 1200 people have used it to obtain medication to end their own life according to the Oregon Public Health Division About 750 have actually taken the medication Washington passed an end-of-life law in 2008 modeled after Oregons legislation and Vermont did the same in 2013 The matter is fuzzier in two other states Montanas Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that state law does not prohibit end-of-life care while a district court judge in New Mexico ruled earlier this year that terminally ill residents who are mentally competent have a constitutional right to prescribed end-of-life drugs That decision is under appeal But the debate was revived by Maynard a 29-year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in April and decided to move from California to Oregon to take advantage of the states Death With Dignity law She went through with it Saturday and news broke Sunday after publication of this article "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love" she wrote on Facebook before dying "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me . “We’ve reached a boiling point, Unlike in Ferguson, likely come into play as well," This is completely at odds with Prince Harrys brother, Chairman of JKF Movement, some bent over their sticks, Special Assistant to Saraki on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, who directed NASAs early virtual reality efforts.

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