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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ November 10, 2017

More National Groups Back Validity of Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices is pleased to have two additional influential authorities affirm our mission and message in the past month, joining a growing list of noble allies. On October 24, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) announced it supports laws giving terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying to peacefully end […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Martignetti

“I represent the two out of three people living with disabilities in Massachusetts who are in favor of death with dignity,” says Michael Martignetti of Lexington, who has been helping C&C by testifying at hearings and doing community outreach since preparations for his state’s 2012 referendum. Michael, whose mobility is increasingly limited by Friedreich’s ataxia […]

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Chicago Truth in Treatment Event Hits Capacity

The Illinois End-of-Life Options Coalition, comprised of Compassion & Choices, ACLU and Illinois Final Options, had every seat filled for a two-day event to explore facing illness and the end of life with confidence and control using Truth in Treatment as the means to take the reins when faced with a diagnosis. The event, led […]

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/ October 13, 2017

Supporters Come Out in Force for Massachusetts Hearing

It’s been another active legislative session so far, and our Massachusetts team continues to forge ahead with increasing strength. The​ ​state’s Joint​ ​Public​ ​Health​ ​Committee​ ​held​ ​a​ ​hearing​ ​on the End of Life Options Act September 26, and we succeeded in making a statement, rallying more than 150 advocates to attend and over 25 supporters […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Green

Janet Green of Upstate New York has made our issue her issue. Her first husband, Bob’s, injuries from an accident left him in a vegetative state for 12 years, seven of which she cared for him at home. But it was her partner, Harry’s, painful ordeal with bone cancer in 2016 on top of the […]

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The State That Started It All Celebrates 20 Years

On October 27, 1997, Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act — the first law in America of its kind — went into effect, allowing terminally ill adults to end their lives in a more gentle manner than their diseases might allow and setting the precedent for all laws of its kind that have followed. Compassion & […]

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/ 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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