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DC aid in dying law goes into effect !

Friday, February 17, was the conclusion of the 30-day period during which the US Congress has the power to review and overturn legislation passed in the Washington DC city council.  And, although the resolution to overturn DC's wonderful new aid-in-dying law was passed out of a House committee, it was never brought to a floor vote in either the House or Senate. That means that as of Monday, February 20, 2017, the [...]

February 20th, 2017|

Fools in US Congress threaten DC’s wonderful new aid in dying law

We need to rescue Washington DC's wonderful new aid in dying law, from a horrifying act of overreach by some extremely foolish Congressmen. Washington's great new law was passed by the DC city council by an overwhelming 11 to 2 majority, in two separate votes, on November 1st and 15th of last year, and on December 19 Washington mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed it.  But the US Congress has the authority to [...]

January 18th, 2017|

The New York Times reports: “Physician Aid In Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.”

Columnist Paula Span, writing on January 16, notes that "the country has arrived at a remarkable moment:  Close to 20 percent of Americans live in jurisdictions where adults can legally end their lives if they are terminally ill and meet eligibility requirements." Describing the growing acceptance of aid in dying, Ms. Span quotes Donna Smith, legislative manager for the District of Columbia for Compassion & Choices, "I hear talk all the time [...]

January 17th, 2017|

from Good Housekeeping: “I’m Terminally Ill, and I Want to Choose When I Die”

We just came across this incredibly powerful article, published in "Good Housekeeping" magazine on November 1, 2016.  It's by Jenny Cooper, as told to Kate Storey.  Jenny died on December 1, after a long battle with breast cancer. Ms. Cooper described her situation:  "I'm only 34, but for years, I've been fighting breast cancer which has spread throughout my body.  Today, I'm in hospice care, which means I could take my last [...]

January 3rd, 2017|

Our January newsletter, featuring victories in Colorado and Washington DC.

With the news from Colorado, where aid in dying legislation was approved on Nov. 8 by nearly two-thirds of voters, and from Washington DC, where aid in dying was passed by the DC City Council by an eleven to two majority and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser on Dec 19.  Featuring a review of Diane Rehm's new book "On My Own", and flyers for upcoming showings of "How To Die In Oregon" [...]

January 2nd, 2017|

The C&C Year-End Video, a fascinating interview in Medscape with famed doctor Timothy Quill, and overwhelming public support for medical aid in dying in Australia

Compassion & Choices has produced a wonderful year-end video, highlighting our movement's successes in 2016.  Only six minutes long, highly recommended viewing, check it out here!  Also check out this fascinating piece by C&C's Barbara Coombs Lee and Kim Callinan, "Medical aid-in-dying: a hallmark of patient-centered care", published in TheHill.com on November 22. Highly recommended: medical ethicist Arthur Caplan's interview of Doctor Timothy Quill, from Medscape, on December 5.  The headline is [...]

December 27th, 2016|
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