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FRONTLINE: The Suicide Tourist

Airs Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Craig and Mary Ewert in Zurich, Switzerland, where Craig arranged a physician-assisted suicide to end his struggle with ALS.

Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late stages of painful, terminal illness? The questions, debated for centuries, have only grown more pressing in recent years as medical technology has allowed us to live longer lives, and several U.S. states have legalized physician-assisted suicide. With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die since 1998, Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at a couple facing the most difficult decision of their lives -- and lets us see for ourselves as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life.

Watch an excerpt from the film below and view the full program on the FRONTLINE website.

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Video Excerpt: The Suicide Tourist

Above: In this clip from "The Suicide Tourist," ALS sufferer Craig Ewert explains his decision to end his own life and discusses the argument that committing suicide is the equivalent of "playing God."

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