Legislation Would Let Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives

February 17, 2015 2:51 AM

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Legislation Would Let Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives

Janet Colbert of Lakewood, N.J., worked as an oncology nurse for more than 20 years, and she said some of her terminally ill patients begged her to help them die. Now Ms. Colbert has liver cancer, and she also wants the option to end her life on her own terms.

“I don’t want to have a painful, lingering death,” said Ms. Colbert, 69 years old. “It just shouldn’t have to be that way.”

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