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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|

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 [...]

2017-08-10T15:44:13-05:00June 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 [...]

2017-04-04T15:26:54-05:00June 12th, 2016|

Powerful piece on “Sixty Minutes” — the strongest argument yet for making aid-in-dying a fundamental human right

The famed and prestigious CBS Television newsmagazine "60 Minutes" featured an incredibly powerful piece, "Aid In Dying", on Sunday, March 13.  If you haven't seen it, click here to watch it, and if you have seen it, watch it again!  It's thirteen and half minutes, and one of the most strongest arguments ever made for [...]

2017-04-04T15:26:02-05:00March 14th, 2016|

Remembering Lynn Lawson

We mourn the death of Lynn Lawson, longtime supporter and activist for the right to aid-in-dying, on January 30.  Lynn was 90, and a very special person.  A resident of Evanston together with her husband Court, who died last year, Lynn was a pioneer in the area of "multiple chemical sensitivities", an author and a [...]

2017-04-04T15:25:22-05:00February 28th, 2016|

Hearings on aid-in-dying bill in Maryland

A great aid-in-dying bill went before a committee of the Maryland legislature today.  Best place to learn all about it -- the Compassion & Choices Twitter feed. Also see "Life is for the Dying," reviews of five new books in the New York Times last Sunday.  Best quote is from the review of "The Good [...]

2017-04-04T15:23:34-05:00February 19th, 2016|

Advocating for aid-in-dying on CBS TV station in Champaign-Urbana

Final Options Illinois president Ed Gogol appeared on Champaign-Urbana CBS TV station WCIA yesterday morning, advocating for the passage of an Oregon-style aid-in-dying law for Illinois. He made a strong case for aid-in-dying as a fundamental human right, a choice that must become available to every terminally ill, mentally competent adult.  Here's the full clip.  [...]

2017-04-04T15:22:04-05:00November 12th, 2015|

Working for aid-in-dying in New Mexico and New York

On Monday, October 27, Kathryn Tucker, executive director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, argued before the New Mexico supreme court that aid-in-dying is a fundamental human right under the New Mexico constitution.  We are hoping for a favorable ruling, similar to the 2012 ruling that established the right to aid-in-dying in Montana.  Ms. Tucker [...]

2017-04-04T15:21:20-05:00October 30th, 2015|

“Living With Cancer — Deciding About Dying” says it all

Susan Gubar, ill with ovarian cancer, published a powerful piece in the New York Times on October 22nd advocating for the right to aid-in-dying. Explaining that "suicide" is the wrong term, she writes, "Physician-assisted suicide suggests that death eventuates from a doctor's collusion in the willful decision of a patient to shorten her life.  Physician-assisted [...]

2017-04-04T15:20:34-05:00October 24th, 2015|
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