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Interest in ‘medical-aid-in-dying’ law rising in Illinois

Besides Oregon, medical aid in dying, with similar rules and provisions, is available in D.C. and the states of California, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and, most recently, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey — three states that enacted laws this year. With interest and support growing for such a law in Illinois, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s medical humanities department has invited a retired family physician who used the Oregon law [...]

October 13th, 2019|

Barbara Coombs Lee – ISU/Bloomington Normal

Entire piece: Barbara Coombs Lee in Bloomington-Normal "Advocates for medically-assisted suicide are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to pass a "death with dignity" law. Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion and Choices, will be leading a discussion about end-of-life choices at Illinois State University's Alumni Center on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. She said anyone who is suffering a terminal illness should have the option to take their own life [...]

September 28th, 2019|

FINISHING STRONG End-of-life planning difficult but empowering, says national expert coming to B-N

Finish Strong - Advocates in Bloomington-Normal While end-of-life planning is the discussion that no one wants to have, the work is life-affirming. "It can be scary to think about our mortality," said Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, a nationwide nonprofit organization that works to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. "We don't want to admit that we won't live forever," said Jana Edge of Normal, [...]

September 28th, 2019|

Nation’s Largest LGBT Elders Group Endorses Medical Aid-in-Dying Laws

"Compassion & Choices today praised SAGE, the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders, for endorsing medical aid-in-dying laws. Medical aid-in-dying laws give mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication they can decide to take to peacefully end intolerable suffering, when no other palliative care treatment provides relief. “After facing a lifetime of stigma and discrimination, [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

Dan Diaz helping with the cause in Kentucky & Tennessee

"Tennessee's 'death with dignity' push came from larger than life, politician John Jay Hooker, who died of metastatic melanoma a year after Brittany. In a July 2015 interview with FOX 17 News, Hooker explains, “I'm like a melanoma tree. If you look on my legs and chest, my arms and my scalp, you'll see all these little melanomas.” Hooker filed suit to end his life at 85 and then-State Representative Craig Fitzhugh [...]

August 22nd, 2019|
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