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Hawaii State Senate passes aid in dying bill by overwhelming 22 to 3 majority

Astoundingly wonderful news!  On March 7th, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB 1129, an Oregon-style aid in dying bill, by an vote of 22 to 3.  The bill now goes to the Hawaii House of Representatives.  This overwhelming majority gives hope that Hawaii will soon become the seventh US state to make aid in dying [...]

2017-04-04T15:34:01-05:00March 9th, 2017|

Unitarian policies on aid in dying — important reading

The official policy of the Unitarian Universalist Association, "The Right To Die With Dignity", adopted in 1988, is fascinating and important reading. It opens with the following profound statement:  "Guided by our belief as Unitarian Universalists that human life has inherent dignity, which may be compromised, when life is extended beyond the will or ability [...]

2017-04-04T15:33:19-05:00March 5th, 2017|

DC aid in dying law goes into effect !

Friday, February 17, was the conclusion of the 30-day period during which the US Congress has the power to review and overturn legislation passed in the Washington DC city council.  And, although the resolution to overturn DC's wonderful new aid-in-dying law was passed out of a House committee, it was never brought to a floor [...]

2017-04-04T15:32:45-05:00February 20th, 2017|

Fools in US Congress threaten DC’s wonderful new aid in dying law

We need to rescue Washington DC's wonderful new aid in dying law, from a horrifying act of overreach by some extremely foolish Congressmen. Washington's great new law was passed by the DC city council by an overwhelming 11 to 2 majority, in two separate votes, on November 1st and 15th of last year, and on [...]

2017-04-04T15:32:11-05:00January 18th, 2017|

The New York Times reports: “Physician Aid In Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.”

Columnist Paula Span, writing on January 16, notes that "the country has arrived at a remarkable moment:  Close to 20 percent of Americans live in jurisdictions where adults can legally end their lives if they are terminally ill and meet eligibility requirements." Describing the growing acceptance of aid in dying, Ms. Span quotes Donna Smith, [...]

2017-04-04T15:31:20-05:00January 17th, 2017|

from Good Housekeeping: “I’m Terminally Ill, and I Want to Choose When I Die”

We just came across this incredibly powerful article, published in "Good Housekeeping" magazine on November 1, 2016.  It's by Jenny Cooper, as told to Kate Storey.  Jenny died on December 1, after a long battle with breast cancer. Ms. Cooper described her situation:  "I'm only 34, but for years, I've been fighting breast cancer which [...]

2017-04-04T15:30:47-05:00January 3rd, 2017|

Our January newsletter, featuring victories in Colorado and Washington DC.

With the news from Colorado, where aid in dying legislation was approved on Nov. 8 by nearly two-thirds of voters, and from Washington DC, where aid in dying was passed by the DC City Council by an eleven to two majority and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser on Dec 19.  Featuring a review of Diane [...]

2017-04-04T15:30:08-05:00January 2nd, 2017|

The C&C Year-End Video, a fascinating interview in Medscape with famed doctor Timothy Quill, and overwhelming public support for medical aid in dying in Australia

Compassion & Choices has produced a wonderful year-end video, highlighting our movement's successes in 2016.  Only six minutes long, highly recommended viewing, check it out here!  Also check out this fascinating piece by C&C's Barbara Coombs Lee and Kim Callinan, "Medical aid-in-dying: a hallmark of patient-centered care", published in TheHill.com on November 22. Highly recommended: [...]

2017-04-04T15:29:26-05:00December 27th, 2016|

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 [...]

2017-04-04T15:28:46-05:00December 25th, 2016|
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