Right To Die

Christie White was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma seven years ago and then with leukemia in 2012.  She is now in partial remission after a bone marrow transplant, radiation and chemotherapy, but she says her body could not withstand such treatment in the future if the illness returns, which seems likely.  To that end, Christie is the main plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court arguing that California’s law making it a felony to encourage or aid in a suicide, enacted in 1874, doesn’t apply to doctors of terminally ill patients whose deaths are an inevitable result of their illness.  “When and if the time comes, I want to be able to gather my loved ones and meet my death with some dignity and peace of mind,” White said.