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About Compassion & Choices and the End-of-Life Movement

Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life.

For more than 30 years, by using a comprehensive strategy including legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, media outreach and litigation, Compassion & Choices and our predecessor organizations have led most of the significant advances in the movement.

Compassion & Choices advocates for laws and policies to improve care for those with advanced illness and nearing the end of life. Our impact litigation is widely acknowledged to have brought much-needed attention to end-of-life care and to have established important principles in this arena, including a federal constitutional right to aggressive pain management. Guided by the Institute of Medicine’s 2014 report Dying in America, our 2016 Federal Policy Agenda challenges policymakers to improve end-of-life care through actions in five areas: