Final Options Illinois
Dedicated to establishing the basic
human right to aid in dying (death with dignity) -- here in
updated January 12, 2017
Compassion and Choices
Death With Dignity National Center
Final Exit Network
ERGO -- website of Hemlock Society
founder Derek Humphry
Dying With Dignity Canada
Announcing the Illinois End of Life Options Coalition: Our new coalition is a joint effort of Compassion & Choices, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, and Final Options Illinois, to work for the passage of an aid-in-dying law for Illinois. Please visit the coalition's webpage, and "like" the new Facebook page for the coalition!
Aid in dying becomes law in Colorado and passes in Washington DC: our fervent gratitude goes out to the voters of Colorado, who on November 8 passed Proposition 106, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, by a nearly two to one margin. The new law starts up in January. Thank you's also to the members of the Washington DC city council, who approved a strong aid-in-dying bill on November 15, by an overwhelming 11 to 2 majority, and to Washington mayor Muriel Bowser, who signed it on December 20. The DC law could yet be overturned by the US Congress, however.
Aid in dying goes live in California: on June 9, 2016, the wonderful new California aid-in-dying law, working exactly like the wildly successful Oregon, Washington and Vermont laws, went live. To the far-sighted legislators of California, and to Governor Brown who signed the law, we say thank you, this is your proudest achievement.
Aid in dying goes live all across Canada: On June 17, 2016, the Canadian parliament passed a powerful new aid-in-dying law for the entire country. This follows the Canadian Supreme Court's historic 2015 decision establishing aid-in-dying as a fundamental human right. Read more on our blog.
We need an aid-in-dying law here in Illinois! It's not just an abstract concept. There are real people right here in Illinois, terminally ill and suffering, who need the CHOICE that an aid-in-dying law will provide. And there are real people whose loved ones died in agony because Illinois doesn't have such a law. Our YouTube channel has some of their stories.
Final Options Illinois is part of the worldwide movement for aid in dying, also called death with dignity. We're part of a broad movement that recognizes that there's way too much suffering at end of life, and there's much we can do to minimize that suffering -- for example, hospice and palliative care.
But suffering at life's end is sometimes extreme, even with the best palliative care. We believe that mentally competent, terminally-ill adults have a basic human right to choose to hasten their death. And we need legal change to establish that right. Suffering people must be able to obtain the means to a peaceful, dignified, humane and pain-free death. And their doctors and loved ones must be able to assist them. Nobody must ever be coerced or encouraged to hasten their death -- but the CHOICE to do so must become a basic human right.
The movement to establish the legal right to control the manner of one's dying is truly worldwide, with work ongoing in many states and countries. Here in Illinois, we have drafted an Oregon-style bill, the Illinois Patient Choices at End of Life Act. Here's a one-page summary of our proposed law, a seven-page briefing paper, and the draft law's full text.
Our movement is making great strides around the U.S. and around the world. If you support this cause -- if this is something you want for yourself and your loved ones -- then please join us. It's the ultimate human right -- and ours is the human rights cause of the 21st century.