In October 2014, 29 year old Brittany Maynard told the world she planned to die gently before brain cancer completely destroyed her body and mind. Her messages energized a larger movement to transform how Americans approach dying. Barbara Coombs Lee is keeping her promise to Brittany to keep fighting for end-of-life choices. This is her story.
American Activist and President of Compassion & Choices
Barbara practiced as a nurse and physician assistant for 25 years before beginning a career in law and health policy. Since then she has devoted her professional life to individual choice and empowerment in health care. Barbara’s professional experience includes work as a private attorney, counsel to the Oregon State Senate, a managed care executive, and President of Compassion In Dying from 1996-2004. Barbara was Chief Petitioner for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. She is a champion for enabling individuals with the freedom to consider a complete range of choices and be full participants in their health care decisions. As President of Compassion & Choices, Barbara oversees advocacy, development, legislative and client support.
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Brittany was a brave and inspiring woman. She deserved to die with dignity and thanks to her efforts, residents of CA can now do the same. RIP Brittany.27/10/2015
Hey everyone I recently uploaded me jumping 10 feet in the air at an air park, i like sharing my adventures with the world, if any of you are interested, stop on by. Have a wonderful day! :05/10/2015
RIP Brittany xxx05/10/2015
This is bullshit, you are just committing suicide because you are not strong enough to confront your pain. #ProLife05/10/2015
those saliva sounds made me cringe :05/10/2015
Sí claro, esta chica lo hizo todo muy "tranquila" porque no tiene hijos que dependen de ella, ¿qué hubiera sucedido si los hubiera tenido? Seguro no se hubiera animado a irse cuando ella quería sino todo lo contrario, cuando Dios lo decidiera sobre todo para verlos el mayor tiempo posible, al menos yo así lo hubiera hecho yo.05/10/2015