Right-to-die advocates screen documentary

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 13, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.



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CHICAGO (AP) — An advocacy group is holding a Chicago screening of an award-winning documentary that deals with whether terminally ill patients should be able to hasten their own deaths.

The documentary "How to Die in Oregon" will be shown Saturday with a discussion afterward.

The group Compassion & Choices organized the free screening. Oregon was the first state to allow terminally ill patients to die using lethal medications prescribed by a doctor.

The issue has gained attention because of the recent death of 29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who moved from California to Oregon to make use of the Oregon law. A media campaign by Maynard and Compassion & Choices is underway urging states to pass similar laws.

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