Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How does one choose end-of-life care?

Activist Kathryn Tucker to discuss Idaho’s policies

Express Staff Writer

Issues and policies surrounding end-of-life care are an important topic in America's changing health-care environment. Kathryn Tucker, a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and director of legal affairs for Compassion & Choices, will discuss end-of-life care in Idaho and the ability to access care.

Tucker will give a lecture titled "The Road Traveled Once: Law, Medicine, Planning and Creative Exploration" at The Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Compassion & Choices is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving end-of-life care and expanding and protecting the rights of the terminally ill. Tucker's work at Compassion & Choices also focuses on the right to choose assisted suicide.

Tucker said there is no state law that either prohibits or permits assisted suicide.

"The tragedy is that patients feel trapped in the dying process," she said. "This is unbearable and patients would like to have a peaceful death. Tragedy can be avoided."

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