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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ April 13, 2017

Want the best care? Prepare!

Research shows that most people facing a grave illness would choose improved quality of life over quantity of days when weighing treatment options. But unfortunately, patients consistently overestimate benefits and underestimate harms of medical tests and procedures. And too often physicians neglect to give full information about the pros and cons of various choices. “American […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Stucker

Joan Stucker joined the fight for end-of-life options before the California legislative campaign picked up steam in 2014. She helped start a program called Friends of Compassion & Choices, which grew to include an email tree of over 600 people and accelerated volunteerism in the campaign. She and other Coachella Valley Action Team volunteers made […]

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Attempt to Undermine Colorado Law Thwarted

Because a single lawmaker did not agree with it – although a strong majority in his district voted in favor – Colorado’s recently passed medical aid-in-dying law was nearly rendered inaccessible to residents. Using the budget process, Senator Kevin Lundberg (Dist. 15) cut the funding required by the state to collect data for the Colorado […]

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/ March 8, 2017

C&C Helps Quash Montana’s “Doctor Death Penalty Act”

The Montana House reversed course March 1 and rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to execute doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for a terminally ill adult who requests it to peacefully end their suffering. The House failed to pass the bill, HB 536, it approved the previous day by […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kamer Davis

Volunteering for Compassion & Choices in the nation’s capital comes with a unique set of responsibilities. Just ask Kamer Davis, a volunteer with the Federal Affairs program in Washington, D.C. A chance encounter with a C&C employee brought her onto the team, where she’s managed multiple projects on a communications and logistical level. Kamer has […]

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Washington, D.C., Death With Dignity Act Takes Effect

The District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the D.C. Death with Dignity Act, took effect Feb. 18 when opponents failed to get the support necessary in Congress to stop the bill from becoming law. The Death with Dignity Act was transmitted by the D.C. Council to the House and Senate on Jan. 6 for a […]

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/ 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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