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The Late Brittany Maynard has Left the Stage

The late Brittany Maynard’s fifteen minutes of fame has expired:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP [1]) — Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.

The woman with brain cancer who revived a national debate about physician-assisted suicide ended her life Saturday by swallowing lethal drugs made available under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She would have been 30 on Nov. 19.

Maynard had been in the spotlight for about a month since publicizing that she and her husband, Dan Diaz, moved to Portland from Northern California so that she could take advantage of the Oregon law. She told journalists she planned to die Nov. 1, shortly after her husband’s birthday, but reserved the right to move the date forward or push it back.

it was Maynard’s right to end her life in a time and manner of her choosing. Sadly it was her choice to make her private medical issues into political theater.