Fact Tank May. 6, 2014

Proposed law would clarify who gets access to a deceased person’s digital accounts

The Uniform Law Commission, a body of lawyers who produce uniform legislation for states to adopt, recently drafted the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (FADA),” which would grant fiduciaries broad authority to access and control digital assets and accounts.

Fact Tank Apr. 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: How Americans die, by the numbers

Americans aren’t dying like they used to. They’re living longer, and more are dying of natural causes. In 2010, nearly one-third of all deaths (31%) came from people ages 85 and older – a big improvement from 1968, when the 85+ age cohort made up just 12.6% of all deaths.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2014

5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues

From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.

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Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Timeline: Key Dates in the End-of-Life Debate

Issues surrounding the end of life have been debated since long before New York became the first state to explicitly outlaw assisted suicide in 1828. This timeline looks at major events on the topic in the U.S. since the 1960s.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues

In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

To End Our Days

The Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of the End-of-Life Debate

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments

Most Americans say there are circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die, but a growing minority says medical professionals always should do everything possible to save a patient’s life.

Aug. 20, 2009

Coping With End-of-Life Decisions

While most Americans approve of laws that say treatment can be stopped if that’s what a terminally ill patient desires, they are split on what they would do personally in that situation. Only 27% have put into writing their own wishes regarding end-of-life care.

Religion Oct. 10, 2007

The Right-to-Die Debate and the Tenth Anniversary of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act

Similar measures considered in several other states have failed in the state legislature or at the ballot box, while polls show the country still divided on the issue.

Religion Jan. 31, 2006

Supreme Court’s Decision in Gonzales v. Oregon

The Pew Forum analyzes the Supreme Court’s January 17 decision that the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not give the U.S. attorney general the authority to prohibit Oregon doctors from prescribing lethal doses of drugs to certain terminally ill patients who want to end their own lives.