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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ December 30, 2016

Access Campaign Launched for Colorado’s Newly Enacted Law

Compassion & Choices launched the statewide bilingual Colorado Access Campaign on December 7 to educate Coloradans about the benefits and requirements of the state’s new medical aid-in-dying bill that was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper nine days later. “The Colorado Access Campaign is built on our nineteen years of experience helping to implement medical aid-in-dying […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ray Perman

Environmentalist, internationalist and Californian by way of Germany, longtime Compassion & Choices supporter Ray Perman recently joined our storytelling program to share his experiences with terminal cancer and accessing California’s medical aid in dying law. Having been raised between Germany and the United States, Europeans’ more progressive attitudes around end-of-life care was part of Perman’s […]

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Amping Up Impact Through Collaboration

The patient-rights movement to ensure people have access to the full range of end-of-life care options has much in common with other groups working to improve human and civil rights. Because there’s strength in numbers, Compassion & Choices participates in various coalitions and other groups to enhance the progress of our shared humanitarian goals. In […]

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/ November 18, 2016

Colorado Law Wins by a Landslide!

After seven months of strategic planning and plain hard work by Compassion & Choices and the Compassion & Choices Action Network, Colorado voted on Election Day to become the sixth state to authorize medical aid in dying via ballot initiative. Compassion & Choices lent its policy know-how and deep understanding of aid-in-dying laws to help […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Lloyd

Jill Lloyd of Irvine, California, has been a hospice volunteer for 35 years and also works as a part-time funeral director and celebrant – a surprising path considering she essentially grew up without death. “I was raised in Christian Science, so people don’t ‘die,’ and you don’t go to doctors,” explains Jill. “My mom died […]

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Achieving Truth in Treatment

Far too often, without even realizing it, people’s medical decisions are made for them. The American healthcare system often puts patients on a conveyor belt that ignores their priorities and prescribes procedures that cause needless pain and suffering — even after these procedures no longer provide a path back to health or even extend life. […]

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/ October 31, 2016

“People who are terminally ill should have the option of dignified and compassionate assisted dying.”

Two years ago, the legendary Christian human rights leader and Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu authored an op-ed in The Guardian announcing the reversal of his lifelong opposition to assisted dying as an option for terminally ill adults to stop unbearable end-of-life suffering. But he was more ambiguous about whether he personally wanted the option: “I would say I […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Woods

For nearly two decades Susan Woods of Portland, Oregon, has supported Compassion & Choices as a donor and now a lifetime member. Retired from her career as a pediatric physical therapist working with children challenged by disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, she answered a call for volunteers in C&C’s Portland office in […]

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration to Honor C&C Advocates

To recognize Day of the Dead, on November 1 Compassion & Choices will honor the memory of deceased aid-in-dying supporters with a celebration in New York City including a candle lighting, procession and dance. “These brave advocates spent their last months of life advocating for laws to authorize medical aid in dying despite the horrors of […]

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/ September 23, 2016

D.C. Death With Dignity Act Advocates Push for Passage

Advocates for the D.C. Death with Dignity Act gathered in the nation’s capital September 22 to urge Councilmembers to support the bill in advance of an Oct. 5 vote on it by the Council’s Health and Human Service Committee. If the committee approves the bill, the full Council will vote on it before the end of the […]

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