Condolences pour in for family of Brittany Maynard after suicide
By Courtney Sherwood
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Notes of support and condolences poured in for right-to-die campaigner Brittany Maynard on Monday, as news spread that the terminally ill 29-year-old had ended her life over the weekend.
Maynard, who was diagnosed in January with a brain tumor and had announced plans to take medication to die when her pain became unbearable, had become the face of the right-to-die movement ahead of her death this weekend.
The group Compassion & Choices, an Oregon-based nonprofit that assisted the young woman through her end of life, said on Sunday that she had passed away surrounded by friends and family.
"No one has the right to judge. You did what was best for you and your family," Lynn Young of Massachusetts wrote on the Legacy.com online obituary page established by Maynard’s family.
Maynard and her husband moved from the San Francisco area to Oregon this year to take advantage of that state's Death with Dignity Act, which allows terminally ill residents to end their lives with the assistance of a physician. Four U.S. states beside Oregon allow assisted suicide.
Maynard had previously told People magazine that she had picked Nov. 1 as the day she planned to die.
“So sad to depart at such a young age. But what a classy young lady who shed light on an issue that should be looked at more than it is,” Jacquie Launder of Alberta, Canada, wrote on the web page.
“As Jesus was compassionate for the sick, we should have compassion for those who want to make their own decisions regarding their end of life,” wrote Karen Haywood, a Virginia chaplain. Continued...