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Hawaii becomes the seventh state with aid in dying !

Some really big news.  On April 5, 2018, Hawaii governor David Ige signed the "Our Care, Our Choice Act", making Hawaii the seventh state with medical aid in dying, joining California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, and Vermont.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2019. It was a long time coming.  The first aid in dying bill was introduced in Hawaii in 1998.  But this long process resulted in a tremendous depth of knowledge and support for [...]

April 29th, 2018|

From the Columbus Dispatch — aid in dying bill introduced in Ohio !!!

It's not going anywhere in Ohio's very conservative legislature, but it's an important milestone nevertheless:  an Oregon-style aid in dying bill has been introduced by courageous state senator Charleta B. Tavares, a Democrat representing the Columbus area. Aid in dying in Ohio is being promoted by our sister organization Ohio End of Life Options, led by Lisa Vigil Schattinger, a nurse, and the daughter of Oregon physician Dr. Jack Rowe, who, dying [...]

February 11th, 2018|

Powerful new video about Grant McGuire shows the importance of medical aid in dying

"Powerful, profound, moving and vitally important" are just a few of the words that are descriptive of this incredible eight-minute video by Final Options Illinois member Amanda Breeden, about her grandfather Grant McGuire, who took advantage of Oregon's aid in dying law to escape an agonizing end from pancreatic cancer.  Don't miss! Click here to watch it on FOI's YouTube channel, and click here to read the full text.  

January 23rd, 2018|

Massachusetts Medical Society drops opposition to aid in dying !!!!

In a major step forward for the aid in dying cause, the Massachusetts Medical Society has voted to adopt a neutral position on proposed aid in dying legislation for Massachusetts.  The vote was by a massive 152 to 56 majority.  In announcing its decision, the Society said that its neutral position would allow the organization to serve as a medical and scientific resource as part of legislative efforts that will support "shared [...]

December 5th, 2017|

Australian state of Victoria poised to legalize aid in dying !!!!

Great news from Australia!  On November 22, the upper chamber of the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria passed a groundbreaking assisted dying bill, similar to the one previously passed by the lower chamber.   The historic bill passed by a vote of 22 to 18 after a long night of debate.  The British newspaper "The Guardian" reported that supportive members of the Victorian parliament wept with relief and joy when it [...]

December 3rd, 2017|

Canadian law a huge success — Secobarbital now available in Canada

The news from Canada about their new aid in dying law is out, and it's official: the law is a huge, unqualified success. Health Canada reports that in the laws first year of operation, from June 2016 to June 2017, a total of 1,982 individuals received an assisted death. Nearly 2,000 people able to spare themselves from their final agonies !!!!! It's all about being compassionate towards ourselves. How wonderful. Canada's law [...]

December 3rd, 2017|
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