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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ August 29, 2017

C&C Connects at National Medical Association Annual Convention

The variabilities in healthcare between African-American and white patients are well documented, but the disparities in care between these groups specifically at the end of life are less so. In an effort to raise awareness around this issue, representatives from Compassion & Choices attended the 115th Annual National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly. The […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Folsom

Carol Folsom has discussed end-of-life options in countless settings — at farmer’s markets, libraries, club meetings, outside local businesses, and even at a funeral at the request of the bereaved family. Last year, her goal was to get Colorado citizens to sign a petition to get the Colorado End of Life Options Act on the […]

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Groundswell of Support Grows Around D.C. Law

As our battle to stop Congress from repealing D.C’s Death with Dignity Act continues, voices from all corners of the nation are getting louder. Compassion & Choices’ Week of Action around the matter resulted in an enormous response, and high-profile media outlets are speaking out as well. We started the Week of Action — an […]

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/ July 27, 2017

Medical Societies Change Stance

Changing established institutions can be a slow and difficult undertaking, but it’s necessary for real progress. The American healthcare system is one of these institutions, and Compassion & Choices has been working with physicians strategically for years to move it toward a more person-centered model — a hallmark of which is medical aid in dying. […]

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D.C. Law Threatened

Washington, D.C., residents can finally access the medical aid-in-dying option they voted in support of by a 2-1 margin in November … for now. Representative Andy Harris (R-Md.) introduced a measure to repeal the law, and the House Appropriations Committee has advanced it. The measure must still be approved by the full House and Senate, […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: SueAnn Fitch

The successful passage of the Colorado End of Life Options Act in November 2016 was due in part to passionate and dedicated volunteers like SueAnn Fitch, an attorney from Denver. Just days after her daughter-in-law finished treatment for breast cancer, SueAnn saw the ballot initiative in the newspaper and called C&C looking to volunteer. “Then […]

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/ 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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