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Category Archive: Blogs

/ 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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/ May 31, 2017

In Memoria de Mi Hijo, Miguel

Mi nombre es Nilsa Centeno y soy la madre de Miguel Carrasquillo. Quiero darles las gracias por la hermosa tarjeta que firmaron para nuestra familia. Me llena de orgullo saber que muchos de ustedes conocen la historia de Miguel y de su lucha por que se autorice la ayuda médica para morir. Miguel fue diagnosticado […]

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El legado de Miguel Carrasquillo

Ha pasado casi un año desde que le dijimos adiós a nuestro amigo, Miguel Carrasquillo, y aprovecho esta oportunidad para contarles lo que su muerte ha significado para Compassion & Choices y nuestra misión. Miguel abrió la puerta al movimiento de opción de fin de vida en español, al convertirse en el primer defensor latino […]

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/ May 15, 2017

Supporters from Across the State Travel to Advocate for Medical Aid in Dying at Compassion & Choices New York Lobby Day

On May 9, Compassion & Choices New York was joined by over 100 supporters from across the state in calling on the New York State Legislature to do what the public wants and pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383). Legislators, advocates and people who have been personally affected by the death of a […]

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/ April 28, 2017

Dr. Thoman’s Blog: Respecting Physician and Patient Values at the End of Life`

Last month, a lawsuit addressing important questions about the intersection of patients’ legal rights and the religious freedom of physicians was heard by the U.S. District Court for the State of Vermont. The Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical & Dental Association challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s Patient Choice at the End […]

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