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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ June 22, 2017

Delaware Bill Keeps Moving

Compassion & Choices and its Delaware supporters met with lawmakers at the state Capitol June 21 to urge them to pass the End of Life Options Act, which would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill residents. The bill, authored by Rep. Paul Baumbach, passed out of the House Health and Human Development Committee […]

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Remembering Lord Joel Joffe

This month, Compassion & Choices salutes a phenomenal advocate for end-of-life choice and a fearless icon of social justice across the globe, our friend Lord Joel Joffe, who died June 18 at age 85. He hailed from South Africa, and in the 1960s represented Nelson Mandela and eight others who were being persecuted for their […]

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First Anniversary of California Law

One year after the California End of Life Option Act took effect, data released by the California Department of Public Health and compiled by Compassion & Choices show the law is working very well. At least 500 terminally ill adults in California have received prescriptions for medical aid in dying based on inquiries to Compassion […]

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/ May 26, 2017

C&C Seeks Justice for Dying Woman’s Suffering

Sally Jordan of Wylie, Texas, had an explicit living will with a “do not resuscitate” order, and made sure her family and healthcare providers were aware. Yet she suffered exactly the kind of death she did not want. Jordan was found unconscious on May 4, 2015. Paramedics took her to the hospital, which led to […]

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Remembering Dustin Hankinson

A kind and generous ally and friend of C&C, Dustin Hankinson, died the morning of May 16 at his home in Lolo, Montana. He was 42. His warm spirit was reflected in his life’s work — fighting for justice for people living with disabilities. At age 11, Dustin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which […]

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The Will to Move Bills

Because, frustratingly, it isn’t always the case, seeing the will of the people reflected in legislative action feels encouraging, regardless of the near-term outcome. And every success helps move the movement forward. Aid-in-dying bills in both Nevada and Maine – states which boast 72 and 70 percent support among residents for the option respectively – […]

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/ April 13, 2017

Want the best care? Prepare!

Research shows that most people facing a grave illness would choose improved quality of life over quantity of days when weighing treatment options. But unfortunately, patients consistently overestimate benefits and underestimate harms of medical tests and procedures. And too often physicians neglect to give full information about the pros and cons of various choices. “American […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Stucker

Joan Stucker joined the fight for end-of-life options before the California legislative campaign picked up steam in 2014. She helped start a program called Friends of Compassion & Choices, which grew to include an email tree of over 600 people and accelerated volunteerism in the campaign. She and other Coachella Valley Action Team volunteers made […]

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Attempt to Undermine Colorado Law Thwarted

Because a single lawmaker did not agree with it – although a strong majority in his district voted in favor – Colorado’s recently passed medical aid-in-dying law was nearly rendered inaccessible to residents. Using the budget process, Senator Kevin Lundberg (Dist. 15) cut the funding required by the state to collect data for the Colorado […]

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/ March 8, 2017

C&C Helps Quash Montana’s “Doctor Death Penalty Act”

The Montana House reversed course March 1 and rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to execute doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for a terminally ill adult who requests it to peacefully end their suffering. The House failed to pass the bill, HB 536, it approved the previous day by […]

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