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Category Archive: Blogs

/ March 13, 2018

Remembering Heather Block, Tireless Patient Advocate and Friend of Compassion & Choices

Heather Block of Lewes, Delaware, passed away this month at the age of 54. Block spent her career running elections and anti corruption programs abroad before she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer five years ago. Her diagnosis led her to advocate for numerous issues in her home state of Delaware including medicare insurance reform […]

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/ March 9, 2018

Make your voice heard: Say no to HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Rules

The new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights, marks one of the greatest threats we’re facing to the future of the end-of-life choice movement and patient-centered care. Under the HHS proposed rules, providers who object to various procedures could impose their own […]

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/ March 5, 2018

Compassion & Choices’ African American Leadership Council Meets in Washington, D.C.

This February, the newly formed African-American Leadership Council met in person for the first time in Washington, D.C,. to continue their work to improve end-of-life care for African-Americans. The council represents diverse backgrounds including faith leaders, physicians, nurses, social workers and other community leaders from around the country who bring a wide array of perspectives […]

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Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Health Network Join Compassion & Choices’ Campaign to Pass Medical Aid in Dying

The Latino Commision on AIDS (LCOA) and the Hispanic Health Network (HHN) joined Compassion & Choices to announce their support for the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act. LCOA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community, and HHN works to eradicate health disparities in Latino communities. […]

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/ February 21, 2018

Remembering Dr. Glenn Gordon, Medical Aid-in-Dying Advocate and Friend of Compassion & Choices

Dr. Glenn Gordon, a tireless advocate for end-of-life options and longtime friend of C&C, passed away on February 11, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. Glenn worked to protect and advance medical aid in dying since his state voted for the Death with Dignity Act for a second time in 1997. In an interview for a C&C […]

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/ January 24, 2018

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Study Shows California End of Life Option Act Working Well

The California End of Life Option Act (CA EOLOA) took effect in June 2016, allowing terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to pursue medical aid in dying as an end-of-life care option. California became the most populous and diverse state to pass a medical aid-in-dying law, and many wondered how access […]

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/ December 12, 2017

Massachusetts Medical Society Drops Opposition to Medical Aid in Dying

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) dropped its longtime opposition to legislation that would authorize medical aid in dying in the state. The decision followed a year-long process of debate and deliberation by the society, including a survey of its membership, which found that 62 percent of respondents supported current aid-in-dying legislation, the […]

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/ September 27, 2017

C&C Urges Congressional Black Caucus to Protect D.C. Death With Dignity Act

Last Thursday, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton hosted an event at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th annual legislative conference to detail how Congress is usurping the District of Columbia’s autonomy to make its own laws. She introduced Compassion & Choices National Constituency Director Brandi Alexander to speak about the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent […]

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/ September 26, 2017

Vox: I’m a doctor. Here’s what it’s like helping terminally ill patients end their lives.

This article originally appeared on www.vox.com As usual, I held the door handle and took a deep breath so I could enter the room fully present. This time, a person wringing his hands locked his eyes on mine anxiously. “I am hoping you can help me,” he puffed. “My other doctor just left me out […]

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/ September 21, 2017

Disappointing News from American College of Physicians

On September 19, the American College of Physicians (ACP) Board of Regents reaffirmed the organization’s longstanding opposition to “assisted suicide,” despite the fact that medical aid in dying has been practiced by hundreds of physicians in six states for more than 30 cumulative years. Read the Paper. In contrast to the ACP, a growing number […]

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