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/ May 18, 2018

New Jersey’s Push Intensifies for the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act

Compassion & Choices New Jersey and our dedicated team of volunteers are on the ground working hard to ensure that the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passes in 2018. The bill was introduced in January 2018, and just a month later dozens of supporters presented over 500 petitions in support of the […]

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/ May 15, 2018

URGENT — Court nullifies California law

Just this morning, a Riverside County Superior Court judge granted a motion by opponents of the California End of Life Option Act to invalidate the law on a procedural technicality. Unless the state successfully appeals the ruling in the next five days, eligible California residents will be prevented from utilizing medical aid in dying to […]

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/ April 25, 2018

Offering Condolences—There is a better way

Who among us has not felt awkward trying to express our condolences to someone who has lost a loved one? And who among us, having experienced such a loss, has not felt awkward trying to figure out how to respond when people express their sympathies? Offering condolences can be an unfulfilling ritual conversation for both […]

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/ March 26, 2018

Celebrating Women’s History Month — California Assemblywoman Eggman Fights for End-of-Life Options for all Californians

Women in state legislatures across the country are leading the fight for end-of-life options for terminally ill adults. They author bills, testify at hearings, serve on committees and introduce aid-in-dying legislation year after year despite persistent opposition. One such powerhouse legislator is Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman. Eggman was a combat medic in the U.S. Army […]

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/ March 23, 2018

The Role of the Doctor in Transforming End-of-Life Choice and Care

Today marks the 20th anniversary of a doctor writing the first prescription medication under Oregon’s medical aid in dying law. That courageous doctor was Pete Reagan. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Pete and his wife, Bonnie, in their beautiful Portland home. Several weeks after visiting with Pete and Bonnie, I met with […]

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/ 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 55. 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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