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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ February 3, 2017

The Powerful Impact of Informed Doctors

Having witnessed tremendous suffering at the end of life, the voice and perspective of physicians makes them critical partners in changing the end-of-life options landscape. So in September of 2014, Compassion & Choices launched Doctors for Dignity. This coalition of physicians supports patient autonomy and advocates for the right to choose from a full range […]

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/ January 31, 2017

Persistence Brings Progress in State Campaigns

January was an energized month for the end-of-life choice movement, with meaningful action in a number of states where year after year we’re continuing to push for change. New Mexico Five years ago, two Albuquerque oncologists and a cancer patient from Santa Fe served as plaintiffs in a landmark court ruling that stated terminally ill […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara Roberts

For more than 20 years, former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts has advocated for choice at the end of life. Her husband, late State Senator Frank Roberts, introduced the Oregon Death with Dignity Act three times in the state Legislature before cancer claimed his life in 1993. A year later citizens passed the law by ballot initiative […]

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/ 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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