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Category Archive: Blogs

/ 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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/ August 25, 2017

Medical Aid in Dying Is Improving End-of-Life Care in California

A Los Angeles Times article this week highlights a fact that’s been echoed by medical aid-in-dying advocates for years — that medical aid in dying enhances care for every terminally ill adult where it is authorized — not just for the relatively few people who seek this option. A year after the California End of […]

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/ August 15, 2017

Newspapers Across the Country Recognize the Importance of Protecting D.C.’s Death With Dignity Act From Federal Interference

In today’s unprecedentedly crowded news cycle, when breaking stories seem to arrive by the hour, medical aid in dying remains a hot topic newspapers want to cover. In the past few weeks since the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) to repeal the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying law, […]

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/ August 2, 2017

A Federal Attack on D.C.’s Medical Aid-in-Dying Law Threatens All Such Laws

For nearly two years, the elected officials and residents of the District of Columbia debated the D.C. Death with Dignity Act as an option for terminally ill adults to peacefully end unbearable suffering at the end of life. They held or participated in hearings, rallies, protests and town halls, and wrote to their local papers […]

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/ July 19, 2017

Support for Medical Aid in Dying Rising Among Doctors

Physician support is a vital component of passing and implementing medical aid-in-dying laws, and according to two recent online surveys by Medscape, it’s only been growing in recent years. Medscape’s latest online survey found that 58 percent of 300 doctors in states without medical aid-in-dying laws said they had been in a situation in which […]

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/ June 21, 2017

A Tribute to U.K. Medical Aid-in-Dying Pioneer, Lord Joel Joffe

Compassion & Choices is mourning the loss of Joel Joffe, one of the heroes of our worldwide movement and a giant of social justice. One of the greatest honors of my life is that this man — brilliant, kind and courageous in the defense of human rights — became my friend. We understood each other, […]

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/ June 7, 2017

A Call To The Palliative Care Community For A Patient-Centered Response To Medical Aid In Dying

This piece originally appeared on the March 15, 2017 Health Affairs Blog During the past 20 years, the end-of-life care community has devoted its energy, resources, and time into developing the medical sub-specialty of palliative medicine and promoting integration of palliative modalities into treatment of advanced illness. Progress continues toward twin goals of providing relief from […]

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