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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|

Annual Medical Aid in Dying Requests Consistent in Oregon, Washington

"In a new study of 3368 MAID prescriptions accumulated from 1998-2017, investigators from Oregon and Washington reported the annual rate of patients to receive a self-ingesting MAID medication prescription has increased in Washington, while remaining almost perfectly stagnant in Oregon. That said, the presence of deaths due to MAID per 1000 total deaths has increased over time in both states. Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, which permits terminally ill state residents aged [...]

August 13th, 2019|

“Alternate Endings” Documentary on HBO 8/14/19

"Alternate Endings" on HBO The coming revolution in death — and Dick Shannon’s story — is laid out with uncommon wisdom in a powerful, new HBO documentary, “Alternate Endings,” which debuts Aug. 14. Only eight states and the District of Columbia have death-with-dignity laws, but three of those states — Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey — have put their statutes on the books within the past year. And 18 other states considered such [...]

August 13th, 2019|
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