Greetings. We are advocates for enactment of Medical Aid in Dying legislation in North Carolina. We urge our legislature to join the five other states, the District of Columbia and four countries, which offer their citizens a choice of peacefully terminating their life when death has become an imminent and insufferable inevitability.  We seek as well to inform and educate on the range of end of life choices currently available in North Carolina.

For many, life will be worth the struggle, no matter the suffering and incapacity. For others, a wish to leave the mortal coils under a self-directed scenario, according to one’s planning and timing is a last act of autonomy and willfulness. We ask our legislature to not disallow our citizens the right to choose how they exit this life, when there is no longer any hope.

Medical Aid in Dying, also known as Death with Dignity, and formerly and incorrectly called Physician Assisted Suicide, allows a mentally competent adult individual who has been diagnosed by two independent medical doctors as suffering from a terminal, incurable illness with less than 6 months to live to receive a lethal prescription. Nothing obliges the individual to in fact ingest the medicine; nothing obliges the medical practitioner to participate in the process.

Ask yourself how you would want to die: under circumstances which you decide, including the when, where and how; or subject to the vagaries of an incurable, debilitating, humbling, painful disease with each day a little more dire than yesterday.


We are North Carolina’s largest citizen advocacy Not for Profit specifically seeking enactment of Medical Aid in Dying legislation and respect for every individual’s End of Life Decisions. We advocate for all individuals to consider Advance Directives, Medical Powers of Attorney, DNR orders, and completion of MOST forms to ensure that one’s End of Life choices are respected and honored.  We seek to make North Carolinians aware of their options to make sure their end of life choices represent their preferences and that their final exit is as painless and dignified as possible.


Choosing one’s exit

Thanksgiving is hardly the time to think of shaking off these mortal coils; it’s a time for celebrating family and friends over a copious meal punctuated by good conversation and memorable stories of the year past.  Yet of course, death and dying are not respectful of season or holiday or the conventions of polite society. …

Suicide: Desperate, Hostile, Tragic… but mostly a Bloody Mess

A recent WaPo article by the daughter of a suicide highlights inadvertently the vital differences between suicide and Medical Aid in Dying.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/suicide-is-desperate-it-is-hostile-it-is-tragic-but-mostly-it-is-a-bloody-mess/2018/06/08/ecf66aee-6b54-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html?utm_term=.286a650de4dc&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 Its detractors persist in defying logic and decency in using the hoary, rejected terminology of Physician Assisted Suicide to imply that what befell Roxeanne Robert’s father some 20 years ago is analogous …

Right to Try vs Right to Die

On May 30, 2018, President Trump whose newly-found pro-life bona fides can no longer be in doubt, signed the Right to Try Act of 2017, which amends Federal law to allow certain FDA-unapproved, still experimental drugs to be administered to terminally ill patients who have otherwise exhausted all approved treatment options.  Eligible drugs must nevertheless …



Dying Right NC is a 501(c)3 NC-incorporated Not-for-Profit advocacy group seeking enactment in North Carolina of Medical Aid-in-Dying legislation, modeled on the statutes in place in Oregon and 5 other US jurisdictions (Washington, Colorado, Vermont, California and perhaps Washington, DC).  Co-founded in 2016 by Lisa Roach, MBA and J.D. (NC, June 2017), and Edmund Tiryakian, M.B.A., J.D, Dying Right NC seeks to work proactively with NC’s legislature to fashion a law which addresses the growing demands of state residents from the Atlantic to the Appalachians. We also seek to ensure that there is the widest possible palette of End of Life choices for the State’s citizens and that those choices are respected and honored.