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A 2014 poll of American doctors showed the majority of them support medical aid in dying for patients with a terminal and incurable disease. The more doctors who speak out, the more terminally ill patients will actually have that option. That’s why we need your help to recruit your doctors as supporters of medical aid in dying!

Please ask your doctor where they stand on expanding end-of-life options, and ask them to join our campaign to pass legislation authorizing medical aid in dying in your state.

How you can help

1. Schedule your next appointment or checkup with your family doctor or a specialist
you see regularly.

2. During the appointment, tell your doctor why you believe aid in dying should be a compassionate option for certain eligible adults facing a terminal prognosis.

3. Ask your doctor if she or he agrees. If she or he agrees, please let us know by entering their information to the right. A representative of Compassion & Choices will follow up with your doctor.

Five good reasons for your doctor to support aid in dying

1. Major, national professional healthcare organizations endorse medical aid in dying as an end-of-life option, including: The American Public Health Association, The American Medical Women’s Association, the American Medical Students Association.

2. Aid in dying has been practiced for a combined 30 years in four states without a single documented case or abuse or coercion, or any criminal or disciplinary charges filed. The legislation pending in New York has all the protections needed for safe implementation.

3. In states where aid in dying is authorized, studies show that end-of-life care gets better for all patients and their families. Hospice and palliative care systems get stronger.

4. Aid in dying is patient-centered care. It empowers patients facing a devastating prognosis. It gives them peace of mind that lets them purposively live out their final weeks or months.

5. Aid in dying is entirely optional for both doctors and patients. No doctor will ever be required to provide it, and eligible patients who secure the prescription medication can decline to ever use it.

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