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New Jersey Becomes the Eighth State with Medical Aid In Dying !!!!!

We have big news to report.  New Jersey became the eighth state to legalize medical aid in dying on April 12, 2019, when Governor Phil Murphy signed the Medical Aid In Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.  The new law goes into effect on August 1.  New Jersey now joins California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, [...]

2019-04-15T15:44:24-05:00April 15th, 2019|

Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois

Here's a wonderful way to contribute to the good of humanity as well as eliminate the cost of burial or cremation.  Donate your body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois.  The only cost to your heirs is for an Illinois-licensed funeral director to have your body transported to their facility at 1540 South Ashland [...]

2019-04-07T11:31:21-05:00April 7th, 2019|

She fought cancer and Congress for D.C.’s new aid in dying law !!!

The fascinating story of Mary Klein, suffering with ovarian cancer, who worked ferociously for more than two years to pass Washington DC’s new aid in dying law, and became the first known person to use the new law. Providing a clear illustration that nobody chooses aid in dying for frivolous reasons, the article quotes Klein [...]

2018-12-28T16:02:04-05:00December 28th, 2018|

Choosing your own exit

Fascinating article from the Washington Post by Dr. Samuel Harrington on November 18, 2018.  He supports the right to medical aid in dying but worries that the requirement for self-administration forces some people to choose to die sooner than they might otherwise prefer. Read the full article at the Washington Post... He is the author [...]

2018-11-25T20:25:07-05:00November 25th, 2018|

“I Aim To Die Like A Dog” — by Kay Dub, in Daily Kos

The website Daily Kos has a great piece by Kay Dub, published on October 13. Here's the link: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/13/1804199/-I-aim-to-die-like-a-dog It's quite profound, describing the realities of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, of suffering from prostate cancer. He knows his doctors are good. "Now, I like my current doctors. Hearts seem to be in the right [...]

2018-10-24T00:18:16-05:00October 24th, 2018|

American Academy of Family Physicians adopts new position of “engaged neutrality” on medical aid-in-dying

Big and tremendously positive news:  The extremely influential American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has adopted a new position, called "engaged neutrality," on the question of medical aid in dying.  To make it clearer:  they have DROPPED their position opposing it, by a vote of more than two-thirds of the doctors in their governing body. [...]

2018-10-14T14:57:51-05:00October 14th, 2018|

What The Tests Don’t Show: about doctors and medical tests

An important piece in the Washington Post on October 5, 2018, subtitled "Doctors are surprisingly bad at reading lab results.  It's putting us all at risk,"  by Daniel Morgan, associate professor of epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of hospital epidemiology at the Baltimore VA Medical [...]

2018-10-09T07:57:59-05:00October 9th, 2018|

To Live and Die in Paris

A fascinating opinion piece by Pamela Druckerman in the New York Times on August 19, 2018.  It's about her Parisian friend Helene, in her 70's and terminally ill with metastatic cancer, who is planning to end her life -- to "disappear", as she puts it.  Helene is suffering ... she struggles to walk.  And she's [...]

2018-10-07T20:40:01-05:00October 7th, 2018|

Accepting Professional Accountability: A Call for Uniform National Data Collection on Medical Aid in Dying

A call for universal data collection on the practice of medical aid in dying, with a uniform national standard adopted by medical professionals, by Jean T. Abbott, Jacqueline J. Glover and Matthew K. Wynia, in the journal Health Affairs, published November 20, 2017. The authors recognize that medical aid in dying is now available for [...]

2018-10-07T17:36:59-05:00October 7th, 2018|
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