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Nov 3, 2014 6:00 PM

Assisted suicide death sparks national and local debate in NH


Her Youtube video went viral, and in doing so reignited the national and local debate on whether terminally ill patients should have the right to end their lives.

The 29 year old Brittany Maynard had an aggressive form of brain cancer. in January doctors gave her six months to live.

In a video posted on Youtube on October 6, 2014, Maynard said, "We went away to the wine country for a New Year's Eve celebration. By January 1st, the following day, I was diagnosed with cancer and told I was terminally ill."

On Saturday Maynard ended her life reportedly with a lethal dose of a doctor prescribed sedative.

She had moved her family from California to Oregon to take advantage of Oregon's assisted suicide - legal there since 1998.

Maynard died just as she had wanted. In her Youtube video she said, "I will die upstairs in my bedroom that I share with my husband with my mother and my husband by my side, and I will pass peacefully with music that I like playing in the background."

The video, receiving more than 10-million hits, put a face on the right-to-die movement.

Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont have voted in assisted suicide laws.

When Peter Chase of Danville was asked if he would like to see a similar law passed in New Hampshire he said, "I wouldn't oppose it. I think it would be a good thing."

Malia Ebel of Concord said, "I think that's the ultimate individual right and as New Hampshire that is a state that stands up for individual rights, I think it's really a shame that we don't have a law like that."

In New Hampshire it's "Live free or die" not, "Live free or right to die."

The Granite State has tried to pass an assisted suicide law six times. It was defeated as recently as March of this year, and it was voted down five other times dating back to 1996.


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