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Assisted Death: Maine's Death With Dignity Act & The Story of One Man's Choice to End His Life


Maine’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect in Sept. 2019. Since then, a small number of Mainers have chosen to end their lives with a physician’s assistance. We speak with the daughter of a Maine man who chose to have an assisted death, as well as the physician who prescribed the medication to him. We’ll learn about the difficult factors that families as well as health care providers weigh in end-of-life decisions — and why some object to these choices.


Esmé Deprez, investigative journalist; her father ended his life in accordance with Maine’s Death with Dignity law

Valerie Lovelace, executive director, Maine Death With Dignity

Dr. Steven Edwards, family practice physician

Dr. Frank Chessa, director of clinical ethics, Maine Medical Center


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.