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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ June 28, 2018

American Medical Association Rethinks Its Opposition Position

  At its annual  House of Delegates meeting, the AMA rejects a recommendation to maintain its opposition of medical aid in dying. In early June, the American Medical Association (AMA) decided not to reaffirm its position against medical aid in dying, which it has held since 1993. A recommendation by its Council on Ethical and […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Don Zimmerman

  A near-death experience compels the University of New Orleans professor to shift his career focus and steers him toward the end-of-life choice movement. Volunteer Don Zimmerman spent the first 20 years of his career as a policy researcher in D.C. working with Congress and executive agencies on a wide variety of national health policy […]

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California’s Law Back in Effect

Although Compassion & Choices succeeded in helping restoring access to the End of Life Option Act, it remains under attack. In an encouraging turn since our last newsletter, when we reported that California’s medical aid-in-dying law had been suspended, an appeals court granted emergency motions by the two terminally ill adults and a physician represented […]

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/ May 25, 2018

California Law in Peril

A Riverside County judge declared California’s landmark End of Life Option Act unconstitutional, rendering the law inaccessible. Compassion & Choices is working nonstop to restore it. Last Thursday, May 24, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia filed a judgment in the two-year-old lawsuit Ahn vs. Hestrin seeking to overturn the California End of […]

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Supporter Spotlight: Fred Cohen

As C&C transitions its former model of local chapters into regional Action Teams, we acknowledge Fred Cohen, a chapter founder and president, whose devotion helped pave the path to New Jersey’s unstoppable momentum. With enough votes necessary to move their medical aid-in-dying bill out of Assembly in the coming days, Compassion & Choices looks back […]

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C&C Plans Ahead … Ahead of Schedule

Rapid achievement of our prior goals necessitates an accelerated revamp of Compassion & Choices’ strategic plan. Given Compassion & Choices’ incredible success since adopting our last strategic plan in July 2013 — most notably passing and defending medical aid-in-dying laws in California, Colorado and Washington, D.C. — the board of directors felt developing a new […]

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/ April 23, 2018

Hawai‘i Makes Eight!

After 20 years of diligent campaigning by C&C and local advocates, Hawai‘i joins seven other U.S. jurisdictions to pass a medical aid-in-dying law. Compassion & Choices and hundreds of dedicated advocates achieved another momentous victory on April 5 when Governor David Ige signed HB 2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act, authorizing medical aid in […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Morin Green

Karen Morin Green, a Los Angeles nurse who has worked with AIDS patients, in oncology and in hospice, helped C&C pass California’s law and now coordinates End-of-Life Consultation volunteers. “Of course it’s sad sometimes, but it’s sadder when you hear about people who can’t get what they want, who are struggling, who are suffering in […]

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Compassion & Choices Takes on Broadway

Our New York team brought together C&C supporters, board members and staff, including CEO Kim Callinan, to join the creators and cast of Goodbye New York, a new musical about end-of-life issues, for a special preview event on April 10. There’s nothing like a full-blown theater production about your issue to let you know it’s […]

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/ March 23, 2018

C&C’s Legal Team Helps Woman Honor Unresponsive Husband’s Wishes

A Los Angeles Judge rules that 37-year-old Juan Fernando Romero’s wife, Ana, who was being sued by his family, has the authority to remove him from life support. Right before Christmas of 2016, C&C’s Legal Advocacy department received a desperate call from Ana Romero and her attorney in Los Angeles to discuss a case involving […]

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