Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

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Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

After saying goodbye to friends and family, the 29-year-old with incurable cancer went through with a physician-assisted suicide on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

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I want to thank you for your incredible support. The outpouring of kindness that I have received since my story went public has been astounding. You’ve helped put the death-with-dignity movement in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. All across the country, lawmakers have reached out saying that they want to introduce legislation to authorize aid in dying. That is real progress towards change.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

Days after Maynard's Nov. 1 death at age 29, the Vatican's top bioethics official called her choice "reprehensible" and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned.

Maynard's mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican official's comments came as the family was grieving and were "more than a slap in the face."

Her response was made through Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group that Maynard worked with.

Maynard had brain cancer and used her story to speak out for the right of terminally ill people like herself to end their lives on their own terms. Some religious groups and social conservatives also have criticized her decision.

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