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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2010
Watch this program online at http://video.pbs.org/video/1430431984/http://www.pbs.org/frontline/suicidet... Should we have the right to end our own lives? FRONTLINE explores this question and follows ALS sufferer Craig Ewert as he debates the morality—and confronts the reality—of choosing to die before his disease further ravages his body, in "The Suicide Tourist" airing Tuesday, March 2 at 9PM on PBS (check local listings).
Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late-stages of painful, terminal illness? The questions, debated for centuries, have only grown more pressing in recent years as medical technology has allowed us to live longer lives, and several U.S. states have legalized physician-assisted suicide. With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die since 1998, Academy award- winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at a couple facing the most difficult decision of their lives—and lets us see for ourselves as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life.