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Category Archive: Magazine

/ October 6, 2017

Modern Medicine Comes Around

Changing established institutions can be a slow and difficult undertaking, but it’s necessary for real progress. The American healthcare system is one of these institutions, and Compassion & Choices has been working with physicians strategically for years to move it toward a more person-centered model — a hallmark of which is medical aid in dying. […]

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Defending and Protecting End-of-Life Options in the Courts

Ahn v. Hestrin, California On June 16, a superior court ruled that a lawsuit to overturn the California End of Life Option Act will proceed to trial to determine the case’s merits. Last year, the court accepted a friend-of-the-court brief filed on behalf of Compassion & Choices urging it to deny the plaintiffs’ motion for […]

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The Power of an Anchorman Known as Jorge

In 2016, as my friend Miguel Carrasquillo lived his last days, I reached out to Univision anchor and Emmy Award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos. Miguel, a 35-year-old former chef who had lived in New York and Chicago, was dying of brain cancer. Miguel had recently recorded bilingual interviews to urge fellow Latinos to support medical aid […]

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/ April 24, 2017

Five Questions for Peter Yarrow

One-third of the iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow sings as a form of activism, ever striving to create a more beautiful world. Q: After more than half a century, you’re still making memorable music. When did it become a serious pursuit for you?  A: I went to the High School of Music and […]

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Living AND Dying on My Terms

Martha Mabey is an energetic woman with a passion for writing and spending time with her family and friends. When confronted with a life-threatening condition, she had only a brief moment to choose how she wanted to spend her remaining days. In making her decision, she challenged a healthcare system that too often overlooks the […]

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Amplifying Our Voice

In 2016, Miguel Carrasquillo died in Puerto Rico from an aggressive brain tumor. His voice lives on through Compassion & Choices’ educational outreach to Hispanics, Latinos, medical professionals and healthcare organizations. Medical aid in dying has been catching the attention of Latinos nationwide because of the advocacy of Miguel Carrasquillo, a native Puerto Rican who […]

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Victory Is Just the Start …

In December 2016, the End of Life Options Act went into effect after Colorado voters passed it by a 2-to-1 margin — the largest medical aid-in-dying ballot victory to date. But that history-making win is just one step in expanding and protecting the end-of-life choice movement. On November 8, 2016, the Colorado End of Life […]

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Book Excerpt: “Modern Death”

Several hours into our meeting, Rafael started to read the piece aloud. I was handed a Xeroxed copy of a single-page essay from the Journal of the American Medical Association, published in 1988. A poet and physician, Rafael Campo, had invited myself and several other medical residents to his home for a writing workshop. We […]

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/ November 16, 2016

Different States, Different Strategies for Authorizing Aid in Dying as a Compassionate Option

From Maryland to New Mexico, Compassion & Choices staff and volunteers are gearing up for new legislative sessions, many of which begin in January. Compassion & Choices’ (C&C’s) political and policy experts travel the country, visiting with lawmakers in any state who want to advance aid-in-dying legislation, and providing technical assistance and activating C&C supporters […]

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Words to Live (and Die) By: How to Get the Right Hospice

There are many questions to ask potential hospice providers including whether in addition to care at home, which is the norm, care might be available in a facility, and whether they provide respite for family caregivers in the home setting. For ensuring that your own end-of-life priorities will be honored and respected in hospice, here […]

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