U.S. on track for fewest executions since 1991
With public support for the death penalty at its lowest point in more than four decades, the U.S. is on track for its fewest executions in a quarter century.
Most Americans believe in heaven … and hell
72% of Americans believe in heaven, while 58% believe in hell.
California legalizes assisted suicide amid growing support for such laws
Two-thirds of Americans say doctors should be allowed by law to assist patients who are terminally ill and living in severe pain to commit suicide.
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.
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.
5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues
From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.
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.
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.
To End Our Days
The Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of the End-of-Life Debate
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.