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/ September 14, 2018

New Jersey Voters, Newspapers Urge Legislature to Pass Medical Aid-in-Dying Law Now!

Starting Sept. 27, when the New Jersey Assembly returns to Trenton for it’s first of 3 voting days before the end of the year, supporters of the “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” (A1504/S1072) will gather in Trenton to demand that lawmakers bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The Assembly’s […]

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/ August 31, 2018

This is How a Hero Dies

Over John McCain’s long life of extraordinary service, he gave us many lessons in courage and character. He forged his reputation as a hero in the crucible of imprisonment and torture in North Vietnam and he carried the blessings and burdens of the label “hero” the remainder of his life. Ideological debates and political battles, […]

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Compassion & Choices Sponsors PSAs to Alert D.C. Residents about their End-of-Life Care Options

Dying patients and their families often are unaware of their various options for end-of-life care, as well as the benefits and burdens of each option. For example, hospice and palliative comfort care often extend both the quality and quantity of life, in contrast to agonizing, futile “curative” treatments that cause needless suffering. Unfortunately, while hospice […]

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/ July 24, 2018

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Release Medical Aid-in-Dying Workshop Proceedings

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released their findings from a February workshop on medical aid in dying called “Physician Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape.” Participants included bioethicists, physicians, academics and advocates on both sides of the issue. The workshop focused on answering questions about patient access to medical aid in dying, the […]

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/ June 29, 2018

“I was raised to live life to the fullest”

My name is Isaiah Wilson and I testified before the D.C. city council in 2015 in support of the Death with Dignity Act. As a proud Black gay man who happens to also work professionally as an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, with a special focus on the LGBTQ […]

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/ June 26, 2018

New Report Shows Implementation of California End of Life Option Act Improving

The 2017 data from the California Department of Public Health about the End of Life Option Act clearly demonstrates Compassion & Choices’ increasing success in educating both healthcare providers and the public about the law since the department’s 2016 report. Terminally ill Californians utilized the law about twice as much in 2017 as they did […]

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Actor Mauricio Ochmann Visits a Terminally Ill Californian

In 2014, actor Mauricio Ochmann became the first Hollywood celebrity to publicly endorse Compassion & Choices’ campaign to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation in California, at a time when many Latinos were reluctant to discuss end-of-life care issues. He was joined by civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and civil rights activist, actor and director Edward James […]

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/ June 22, 2018

Pride 2018: “The AIDS crisis is how medical aid in dying first appeared on my radar.”

It was early 1980; our friend Michael had just died of a mysterious disease in NYC. Next, Danny died, again of a mysterious disease. And so it continued. Within a couple of years it became clear that an unknown disease was attacking the gay community. Soon they began calling it “The Gay Cancer”! We thought […]

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/ June 15, 2018

Californians, State Papers Voice Their Support for the End of Life Option Act

Since a California court granted a motion on May 15 to invalidate the End of Life Option Act and subsequently suspended the law on May 24, numerous state newspapers have published columns, editorials and op-eds in support of the law and opposing this unjustified ruling. These opinion pieces reflect the fact that polling shows more […]

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/ June 13, 2018

Pride 2018: “I keep returning to my first loves: hospice and palliative care”

In 1988, I began volunteering with a community-based organization providing care to AIDS patients. I am not even sure to this day why I chose that path, but I wanted to make a direct difference in the lives of people at their most vulnerable. This was a grassroots organization with no government funding; just a […]

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