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Blog 2017-07-11T14:04:53+00:00


Mayor Bowser signs the DC aid in dying bill !!!!!

Dear supporters of the right to aid in dying, We're overjoyed to report that Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser signed Bill 2138, the Death With Dignity Act of 2016, on December 19th, completing final approval of the bill by the District of Columbia government.  There's a beautiful picture of Mayor Bowser in the Washington Post story which appeared on the 20th.  Mayor Bowser's action comes after the DC city council twice approved [...]

December 25th, 2016|

Aid in dying has become law in Colorado, passes in Washington DC, and moves forward in New Jersey

Our movement took two more huge steps forward this month. On November 8th, voters in Colorado passed Proposition 106, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, by an overwhelming 65% to 35% margin.  The law will go into effect in January.  Colorado thus becomes the sixth state to make aid in dying legal, joining California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Montana. And on November 15th, the Washington DC city council gave final approval [...]

November 26th, 2016|

Aid in Dying Movement Advances

Editorial in the New York Times, October 10, 2016, in which the Times makes clear its support for aid in dying. Responding to the statement by the New York Medical Society opposing aid in dying, the Times writes: "In fact, terminal patients in excruciating pain and their relatives contemplate these implications every day around the country. There is no compelling reason to deprive them of physician-assisted dying as one option alongside high-quality [...]

October 10th, 2016|

Desmond Tutu in the Washington Post:  “Dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth”

From the Washington Post, October 6, 2016.  An updated profound statement by Nobel laureate archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Highly recommended.  He writes, "Just as I have argued firmly for fairness and compassion in life, I believe that terminally ill people should be treated with the same compassion and fairness when it comes to the their deaths.  Dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth.  I believe [...]

October 6th, 2016|

Aid in dying is now legal throughout Canada

Friday, June 17, 2016 will be remembered as a momentous step forward for our movement to establish the right to aid-in-dying as a fundamental human right. On that date, the Canadian Senate passed bill C-14 put forward by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, which had previously been passed by the House of Commons.  This made aid-in-dying fully legal all across Canada, and established a country-wide legal framework for its implementation. There [...]

June 21st, 2016|

It’s here!! New aid in dying law starts up in California !!!!!!

This past Friday, June 9, 2016, was a truly momentous day:  the new, wonderful California aid-in-dying law took effect. Exactly like the laws in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont, the California law allows terminally ill people, mentally competent adults to obtain medication they may choose to take to hasten death.  In other words, to skip the final, often agonizing, stages of dying.  With this new law, medical aid-in-dying is now available to sixteen [...]

June 12th, 2016|
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