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/ November 14, 2017

Amherst Becomes 4th Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices praised the Amherst Town Meeting for voting tonight to endorse the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225). The approval vote makes Amherst the fourth jurisdiction to support medical aid in dying as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill Massachusetts adult residents with six months or less to live to end […]

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/ November 13, 2017

When Dying Becomes Unaffordable

This article originally appeared for Medscape. Although physician-assisted dying (PAD) remains a highly contentious and controversial topic, it is going on. It is now legal in six states in the United States. In these states, the law allows physicians to offer terminally ill adults the option of a lethal dose of an oral prescription medication, […]

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/ November 9, 2017

Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Reject House-approved Rider to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

Fifty-nine diverse faith leaders today delivered a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to “be merciful as your father in heaven is merciful” by rejecting current legislation to repeal D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law and opposing this end-of-life care option nationwide. The letter signers are from D.C. and 23 states and collectively represent 14 faiths: Baptist, Catholic, […]

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/ November 3, 2017

Northampton Becomes Third Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying

The Northampton City Council became the third jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass a resolution supporting medical aid in dying as a peaceful option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults to end unbearable suffering. The approved resolution urges state lawmakers to pass the End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225), which was introduced in […]

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Suicide Prevention Association Concludes Medical Aid in Dying is Not Suicide

Compassion & Choices praised a suicide prevention, medical research association for issuing a statement Thursday concluding medical aid in dying “is distinct from the behavior that has been traditionally and ordinarily described as ‘suicide.’” “In suicide, a life that could have continued indefinitely is cut short,” said Colleen Creighton, executive director of The American Association […]

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/ November 1, 2017

Compassion & Choices Lanza Consejos de Liderazgo Latino y Afroamericano

Para conmemorar el mes Nacional de Cuidados de Hospicio y Cuidados Paliativos, Compassion & Choices anunció hoy el lanzamiento de sus Consejos de Liderazgo Latino y Afroamericano como parte de su expansión de alcance para todos los estadounidenses a nivel nacional, sobre todas sus opciones de cuidado para fin de vida. Dichas opciones incluyen hospicio, […]

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Compassion & Choices Launches African-American, Latino Leadership Councils

To commemorate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Compassion & Choices today announced the launch of its African-American and Latino Leadership Councils as part of its expanding outreach to all Americans nationwide about their end-of-life care options. These options include hospice, palliative care and medical aid in dying. The councils are an extension of Compassion […]

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/ October 31, 2017

Physician-Assisted Suicide: Finding a Path Forward in a Changing Legal Environment

This article appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine, October 2017

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/ October 25, 2017

Terminally Ill Often Just Want Some Control

Regarding Emily Esfahani Smith’s review of Iddo Landau’s “Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World” (Bookshelf, Oct. 16): Contrary to the claims of psychiatrist William Breitbart and author Iddo Landau, there are multiple reasons terminally ill patients request medical aid in dying, not just one. Oregon Public Health Division statistics show terminally ill people who have utilized our […]

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/ October 18, 2017

IU Northwest observes World Bioethics Day Oct. 19 with debate about medical aid in dying

This post originally appeared on http://www.nwitimes.com/. GARY — In observance of World Bioethics Day on Thursday, Indiana University Northwest invites the campus and community to a debate about the legalization of medical aid in dying. Moderated by Susan Zinner, professor of public and environmental affairs, the debate is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bruce […]

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