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July 12, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A "death with dignity" bill died quietly in the California Legislature on Monday, with proponents still struggling against steady religious and cultural currents. Although popular opinion in the state is said to favor the sanctioning of doctor-assisted suicide, two Democratic lawmakers announced that they would -- for this year -- abandon their efforts to push through a law. "A lot of people understand the issue; a lot of people don't," said Assembly member Patty Berg of Eureka.
April 17, 2005 | John Thor-Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
For the final two weeks of Terri Schiavo's life, Jon B. Eisenberg was part of her husband's legal team. But he knew he wouldn't walk away with a fee. Instead, the California lawyer said, he spent $2,800 of his own money to travel to Washington when it looked as if the Supreme Court might agree to hear the case. "Flight, hotels, food, cab, Alka-Seltzer, coffee -- it all came from my pocket," said Eisenberg, an appellate attorney from Oakland.
April 13, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A bill to allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with lethal prescriptions cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, amid controversy over privacy issues and potential abuse. The 5-4 vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee puts California a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after Oregon, to allow doctor-assisted suicide Much testimony in the hearing centered on Oregon's seven years of experience with helping the terminally ill kill themselves.
April 7, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
A week after the battle over Terri Schiavo's life ended in her death, the Republican push in Congress to legislate on end-of-life issues appears to have stalled, at least temporarily. At the height of the controversy, two congressional committees scheduled hearings and, dramatically, called as a witness the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed by court order.
April 4, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
Pope John Paul II died the way he wanted. He spent his final hours in his Vatican apartment, surrounded by nine members of his mainly Polish inner circle. Three doctors were present, but no elaborate hospital technology to help prolong his life. Just before the end, the pope's longtime secretary celebrated Mass and began to anoint the pope's hands with oil, according to one account.
April 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
The medical examiner completed the autopsy of Terri Schiavo on Friday, clearing the way for the release of the body to her husband, who plans to cremate her remains and bury the ashes without telling his in-laws when or where. Results of the autopsy might not be released for several weeks, the medical examiner's office said. Michael Schiavo hopes the autopsy will settle questions about her medical condition, but experts differ on whether that will happen.
April 2, 2005 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
The husband and father failed to rally after last-ditch cancer surgery. His despairing family gathered at City of Hope National Medical Center to contemplate the ventilator that kept him alive. He left no living will, no written directives on whether to artificially extend his life. But he and his wife had followed media reports on the Terri Schiavo case.
April 1, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Conservative lawmakers' denunciations of the courts on Thursday signaled that Terri Schiavo's death was likely to escalate the war between the parties over President Bush's judicial nominations. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- two leading advocates of congressional intervention in the case -- criticized the state and federal courts involved following the death of the Florida woman.
April 1, 2005 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The brain-damaged woman whose personal tragedy led to a very public, emotional debate over a patient's right to die remains a mystery to most Americans. Who was Terri Schiavo -- what sort of life did she lead -- before her collapse at home in 1990? According to family and longtime friends, Schiavo, 41, was a person who shunned the spotlight.
April 1, 2005 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who became the focus of a family feud that mushroomed into a national right-to-die debate, died Thursday, 15 years after slipping into what doctors said was a persistent vegetative state and 13 days after a Florida judge ordered her feeding tube removed. She was 41. About 9 a.m., cradled by her husband, Michael, and holding a stuffed tabby cat under one arm, Schiavo "died a calm, peaceful and gentle death," said George J. Felos, Michael Schiavo's lawyer.
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