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Category Archive: News

/ July 17, 2017

Terminally Ill Hawai`i Man Plans to Appeal Dismissal of Medical Aid-in-Dying Case Cites Overwhelming Support for End-of-Life Care Option by Hawai`i Voters

A terminally ill Hawai`i man plans to appeal a ruling last night by a state court judge who dismissed his lawsuit that asserts the state constitution and existing state statutes allow doctors to practice medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication […]

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/ July 13, 2017

Compassion & Choices Slams House Appropriations Committee Amendment to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

Supporters of D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law urged lawmakers in six states with such laws to oppose an amendment to the annual federal government funding bill that would block funding to implement the D.C. law and repeal it. The House Appropriations Committee voted late Thursday night to approve the amendment by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.) in a […]

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/ July 10, 2017

Congressional Threats to Block D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law Could Lead to Nationwide Ban of Such Laws

Power Grab Would Violate D.C. Autonomy, Alienate Supporters of Medical Aid in Dying Supporters of D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law warned that if Congress uses its appropriations power to block funding to implement the law, it could spur opponents to seek a nationwide ban of such laws. Medical aid-in-dying laws give mentally capable, terminally ill adults with […]

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/ June 27, 2017

California State Data on End of Life Option Act Confirms It is Working Well

(Sacramento, Calif. – June 27, 2017) The California Department of Public Health today released its first report detailing usage information during the first half-year of the End of Life Option Act’s implementation. The law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live the option to request a doctor’s prescription for […]

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/ June 21, 2017

End-of-Life Option Advocacy Group Appoints Texas Leader

(Austin, Tex. — June 15, 2017) Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to increasing options and improving care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying, has appointed Dr. Janet Strickland as its Action Team Leader in Texas. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with […]

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Delaware Residents Urge State Legislators to Pass End of Life Options Act

Compassion & Choices and its Delaware supporters today met with Delaware legislators at the state Capitol today to urge them to authorize the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to request, […]

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/ June 5, 2017

Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Suit to Authorize Medical Aid in Dying in Mass.

(Boston, Mass. – June 6, 2017) A Massachusetts judge rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit asserting the state constitution protects, and existing state law does not bar, doctors in Massachusetts who provide medical aid in dying for mentally capable, terminally ill adults. Compassion & Choices filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Barnstable County […]

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New Miguel Carrasquillo Bilingual Videos Promoting Medical Aid in Dying Show Impact of Latino Advocate’s Message

Compassion & Choices today released new bilingual videos featuring deceased Latino advocate Miguel Carrasquillo, his mother and Mexican actor  Mauricio Ochmann. The videos commemorate the first anniversary of Miguel’s horrific death to brain cancer and demonstrate the need for medical aid in dying. A native Puerto Rican, Miguel was realizing his dream as a chef […]

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Videos Bilingües Nuevos de Miguel Carrasquillo Promoviendo la Ayuda Médica Para Morir Muestran Impacto del Mensaje De Defensor Latino

Compassion & Choices lanzó hoy videos bilingües nuevos mostrando al fallecido defensor latino, Miguel Carrasquillo, a su madre, y al actor mexicano Mauricio Ochmann, promoviendo la ayuda médica para morir al conmemorarse el primer aniversario de la muerte horrible de Miguel por cáncer cerebral. Miguel, originario de Puerto Rico, estaba realizando sueño como chef en […]

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/ June 2, 2017

One Year Without My Son, Miguel

The original editorial was published in  Diario NY, (New York) La Opinión,(Los Angeles)  La Raza (Chicago). I feel lost, numb. Not only did I lose my only son, I feel as if I failed the sacred duty to protect my child. But fulfilling the last promise I made to Miguel before his painful death to […]

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