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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, December 15, 2014:
It may be one of the emotional issues of our time -- should terminally ill people legally be able to end their lives voluntarily with medication or with the assistance of a physician?
How supporters and opponents even refer to it the issue explains where they're coming from -- one side calls it death with dignity while the other describe it as assisted suicide.
The debate is not a new one but as often happens, high profile cases bring more attention.
The latest was Brittany Maynard who was terminally ill with brain cancer. She moved to Oregon -- a state that allows people to die with the help of a physician. She chose the date in which she would die and did so on November 1.
Before that here in Pennsylvania, Barbara Mancini was arrested after giving her terminally ill father a bottle of morphine when he asked. A judge dismissed the case.
The Death with Dignity Act, patterned after Oregon's law, has been proposed in Pennsylvania.
It is the subject of Monday's Smart Talk.
Pam Auer,Josey Byzek, Barbara Mancini, and Mitchell Sommers
Appearing on the program are Barbara Mancini, the woman who was accused of aiding her father's suicide, attorney Mitchell Sommers, and Josey Byzek and Pam Auer of the group Not Dead Yet.
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