The Brittany Effect -Transforming the Death with Dignity Movement | Barbara Coombs Lee | TEDxMarin

05/10/2015 11:45:34

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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TheDogwatcher7

Why not turn to God instead?  What is wrong with choosing life? What is wrong with trust?

08/12/2015
Mary Moser

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
Tristan Arthurs

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
Wendy Wright

RIP Brittany xxx

05/10/2015
Martin Arias

This is bullshit, you are just committing suicide because you are not strong enough to confront your pain. #ProLife

05/10/2015
HarcosXP

those saliva sounds made me cringe :

05/10/2015
Sandrine Dloch

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.

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