More states and more court systems are revisiting the issue of allowing the terminally ill to end their lives in a compassionate way. Though the movement to allow assisted suicides has often been condemned as immoral, it is now legal to some extent in five states and others are examining the issue. Polling suggests a shift in public sentiment. Respondents to a recent Gallup Poll shows 70 percent favored allowing physicians to end a life by painless means when both the competent patient and the family desired it.

Read more about the Aid in Dying Movement in The New York Times