“The Brittany Effect” – How One Woman Transformed the “Death with Dignity” Movement.
In October 2014, 29 year old Brittany Maynard told the world she planned to die gently before brain cancer completely destroyed her body and mind. Her messages energized a larger movement to transform how Americans approach dying. Barbara Coombs Lee is keeping her promise to Brittany to keep fighting for end-of-life choices.
American Activist and President of Compassion & Choices
Barbara practiced as a nurse and physician assistant for 25 years before beginning a career in law and health policy. Since then she has devoted her professional life to individual choice and empowerment in health care. Barbara’s professional experience includes work as a private attorney, counsel to the Oregon State Senate, a managed care executive, and President of Compassion In Dying from 1996-2004. Barbara was Chief Petitioner for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. She is a champion for enabling individuals with the freedom to consider a complete range of choices and be full participants in their health care decisions. As President of Compassion & Choices, Barbara oversees advocacy, development, legislative and client support.