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Category Archive: Newsletter

/ September 25, 2018

Santa Fe City Council Passes Medical Aid-in-Dying Resolution

The city will formally support a bill authorizing the practice when it comes before the New Mexico Legislature next year. The Santa Fe City Council passed a bipartisan resolution in support of medical aid-in-dying legislation in New Mexico six votes to two on September 12. This makes Santa Fe the second jurisdiction in New Mexico […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Yasuyo Tanii

“Since I was a child I always believed, naively, that when to finish your life would be entirely your choice. But as I got older, I realized that’s not true,” says Compassion & Choices volunteer Yasuyo Tanii. “You can be forced to live with excruciating pain. I think it seems so wrong, illogical and cruel.” […]

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California Court Issues Tentative Ruling in Our Favor

The court of appeals suggests that opponents had no standing to bring the case Ahn v. Hestrin, which aims to invalidate the End of Life Option Act. The California Court of Appeals has released an encouraging tentative ruling in the Ahn v. Hestrin lawsuit to overturn the End of Life Option Act. At the moment, […]

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/ August 15, 2018

Compassion & Choices Helps Move Senate to Reject Harmful Policy

Following our persistent pleas, the D.C Death with Dignity Act remains intact after yet another attempt at repeal. Compassion & Choices and Washington, D.C., residents felt relieved and gratified August 1 when the full Senate rejected a policy rider that would have repealed the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. It was attached to a government […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Malachy Grange

Retired nurse Malachy Grange spent much of his career comforting people at the end of life before helping pass Hawai’i’s law. Malachy Grange worked as a registered nurse for for 36 years in Maine, Oregon and Hawai’i; the bulk of it in Oregon. “Community health was what I mostly did in Oregon, and in that […]

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Constituency Work Grows in Prominence

C&C’s recent African-American and faith-based outreach efforts bring meaningful connections and an esteemed addition to our board of directors. “I have devoted my life to teaching people that our creator is a loving God who does not want people to suffer,” says Reverend Madison T. Shockley, pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in […]

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/ June 28, 2018

American Medical Association Rethinks Its Opposition Position

  At its annual  House of Delegates meeting, the AMA rejects a recommendation to maintain its opposition of medical aid in dying. In early June, the American Medical Association (AMA) decided not to reaffirm its position against medical aid in dying, which it has held since 1993. A recommendation by its Council on Ethical and […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Don Zimmerman

  A near-death experience compels the University of New Orleans professor to shift his career focus and steers him toward the end-of-life choice movement. Volunteer Don Zimmerman spent the first 20 years of his career as a policy researcher in D.C. working with Congress and executive agencies on a wide variety of national health policy […]

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California’s Law Back in Effect

Although Compassion & Choices succeeded in helping restoring access to the End of Life Option Act, it remains under attack. In an encouraging turn since our last newsletter, when we reported that California’s medical aid-in-dying law had been suspended, an appeals court granted emergency motions by the two terminally ill adults and a physician represented […]

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/ May 25, 2018

California Law in Peril

A Riverside County judge declared California’s landmark End of Life Option Act unconstitutional, rendering the law inaccessible. Compassion & Choices is working nonstop to restore it. Last Thursday, May 24, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia filed a judgment in the two-year-old lawsuit Ahn vs. Hestrin seeking to overturn the California End of […]

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