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, Montana, Vermont, and Washington DC as U.S. jurisdictions with aid in dying. As Governor Murphy wrote when [...]
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 in an email to her representative in the DC City Council: "I have advanced ovarian cancer that [...]
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 of the book, "At Peace: Choosing A Good Death After A Long Life."
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 place. They've offered up what they think to be the best treatment, given the extent and intensity [...]
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. "Changing our position to engaged neutrality shows that our members can respectfully disagree about medical aid in [...]
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 Center. Points out the important fact, often not understood by either patients or doctors, that when a [...]