Diane Rehm on Charting Your Personal Journey from Life to Death




The political battle in states across our nation to authorize medical aid in dying as an end-of-life care option for terminally ill adults to peacefully end unbearable suffering has long been contentious. Research shows that when terminally ill people have access to this end-of-life care option, it greatly relieves their fear and anxiety — even if they never decide to use it. Yet, despite a majority of physicians and Americans supporting this medical practice, vocal opposition remains steadfast. As more states consider medical aid-in-dying laws (19 states in 2020 so far), one question remains central to the discussion: should terminally ill adults have the legal option to peacefully end intolerable suffering or not?

Join us for a thoughtful discussion with Diane Rehm, host of NPR’s “On My Mind” podcast. In the upcoming film and new book, When My Time Comes, she explores the issue of medical aid in dying through interviews with terminally ill patients and their families, as well as physicians, ethicists, and representatives of those who vigorously oppose the movement. The documentary is currently in post-production and will appear on public television next year.

We will also be joined by Kim Callinan, president and CEO of Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization that advocates for improving and expanding health care options for the end of life and offers free planning resources for individuals and families facing difficult decisions related to a terminal illness.

The Raben Group’s Elliot Williams will lead the discussion.