No decision is more personal than the choice to end one’s life. For those with fatal and incurable diseases, seeking help to hasten death means navigating ethical questions as well as legal risks for those left behind, including family members. Currently, doctor-assisted suicide is legal in two states—Washington and Oregon. Across the country, the boundaries of what is culturally acceptable are broadening, and the lines between what is legal and illegal, merciful and cruel, and what seems right and wrong are blurred more than ever. In stunning portraits of individuals grappling with the end of life—along with the doctors, family members, activists and legal experts with stakes in their decisions—The Death Plan explores with clear-eyed intimacy America’s ambivalence about assisted suicide and its consequences.
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