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One Woman Ends Her Life

Patricia Sullivan

An unusual article this morning, from the Oregionian in Portland.

Lovelle Svart, who had lung cancer for nearly five years, ended her life under the state's assisted suicide law. She wanted people to think about end-of-life issues so she and her former employer, the Oregonian, posted a video blog about her last days. The paper's editors thought long and hard about the decision.

Some will find the videoblog and stories moving; others will consider it far too intimate for public consumption. What do you think?

By Patricia Sullivan |  October 2, 2007; 11:18 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , Suicide
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Thanks for referring me to this site. It's moving journalism, and of a kind not possible until 10 or so years ago. I like that it pushes boundaries, not only of journalism, but of what people ought to see on the Internet. Note that a number of viewers were troubled by what they thought ought to be private. I am not one of them. There was nothing undignified in Ms. Svart's v-blog. What she had to say reminded me of the video-taped suicide note offered up Javier Bardem playing Ramon Sampedro in the film, "The Sea Inside."

Posted by: Michael Downs | October 18, 2007 5:37 PM

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