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Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (left) celebrates Mass on his 85th birthday at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 7. Tutu has called for the right to assisted death, which is currently illegal in his country. Schalk van Zuydam/AP hide caption

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Desmond Tutu Joins Advocates To Call For Right To Assisted Death

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Colorado state Rep. Lois Court consoles Carol Stork after her 2015 testimony about the death of her terminally ill husband, during a legislative hearing on a proposal to offer life-ending medication to such patients. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Frank Van Den Bleeken, seen here at a court hearing last fall, will be sent to a psychiatric center instead of being allowed to die from euthanasia. He had been scheduled to die on Sunday. VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Inmate Frank Van Den Bleeken, seen here in court last autumn, says he wants to die because he sees no progress in the mental problems that were linked to his crimes of murder and rape. Herman Ricour/AP hide caption

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Stefan Daniel is a 51-year-old German clinical psychologist with multiple sclerosis. He has decided that he will end his life, by taking a barbiturate while sitting in his own living room, when he can no longer see or speak. Esme Nicholson for NPR hide caption

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When And How To Die: Germany Debates Whose Choice It Is

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Protesters in Brussels, Belgium, march on Feb. 2 against a proposed law that would allow terminally ill kids to choose euthanasia. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

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Tony Nicklinson's wife, Jane, wipes his tears as he learns that a court has denied him the right to medically assisted suicide on Aug. 16, 2012. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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