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Category Archive: Press Release

/ February 24, 2017

Opponents of Bill to Make Doctors Liable for Homicide for Providing Aid in Dying Slam Testimony Limit

(Helena, Mont. – Feb. 24, 2017) Opponents of a bill that would make Montana doctors liable for homicide if they provide medical aid in dying to terminally ill adults slammed the House Judiciary Committee for shutting down debate on the legislation by limiting hearing testimony to only 15 minutes for each side. Rep. Ellie Hill […]

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/ February 23, 2017

Mother of Son Who Utilized Medical Aid in Dying to Testify Against Bill to Make Doctors Who Offer It Liable for Homicide

(HELENA, MONTANA — Feb. 23, 2017) A woman whose father, Bob Baxter, led the successful legal fight to authorize medical aid in dying as a peaceful option to end unbearable suffering for terminally ill adults in Montana, will testify tomorrow against a bill to ban the medical practice in the state. Baxter’s daughter, Leslie Mutchler, […]

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/ February 21, 2017

Colorado Supporters of New End-of-Life Options Act Ask State Legislators To Protect It

DENVER, CO (Feb. 21, 2017) — Coloradans today met with their state legislators to emphasize the importance of protecting the End-of-Life Options Act, reminding them that voters passed the new law by an overwhelming 30-point margin (65% vs. 35%) in November. The End-of-Life Options Act allows mentally capable adults in Colorado who are in the […]

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/ February 17, 2017

District of Columbia Becomes 7th Jurisdiction to Authorize Medical Aid in Dying

The District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the D.C. Death with Dignity Act, will take effect tomorrow, Sat., Feb. 18, because 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. […]

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/ February 16, 2017

Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee Advances Hawai‘i Death with Dignity Act

(HONOLULU – February 15, 2017) Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i today praised the Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee for its vote (six ayes one excused) to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 1129) out of committee following a public hearing on the bill. Supporters crowded the room at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to […]

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/ February 14, 2017

Religious Leaders of Different Faiths Join Compassion & Choices NY for First-Ever Faith Gathering to Urge Passage of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act

Religious leaders from several faith traditions gathered today at the Capitol to hold a first-ever New York faith gathering to urge passage of the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383), which would provide terminally ill, mentally competent adult New Yorkers with the legal right to request a prescription to bring about a peaceful death. The […]

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/ February 13, 2017

House Committee Vote to Overturn Death with Dignity Act is Affront to Will of D.C. Residents

Compassion & Choices blasted the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee tonight for voting 22-14 to advance a disapproval resolution, H.J. Res. 27, to overturn the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. The resolution will face a vote by the full House of Representatives this week. “We will work with our partners, advocates and D.C. […]

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/ February 9, 2017

Compassion & Choices Launches PSA with Mexican Actor Mauricio Ochmann

Compassion & Choices today released a public service announcement in Spanish featuring Mexican actor Mauricio Ochmann urging Latinos to support the bipartisan Medical Aid in Dying Act  that was reintroduced last month at the state Capitol. Ochmann, known as “Chema Venegas” in the popular Telemundo telenovelas El Chema and El Señor de los Cielos, recorded […]

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/ February 8, 2017

Compassion & Choices Joins DC Vote, National, Regional and Local Organizations to Stop Congressional Attack on D.C. Death with Dignity Act

Today Compassion & Choices joined forces with DC Votes and 26 other national, regional and local groups in delivering a letter to the U.S.House of Representatives calling on Congress to respect the local autonomy of Washington DC and end the attacks on self-determination in governance. The letter is timely because House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason […]

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/ February 1, 2017

Gorsuch is Threat to Patient-Centered Healthcare for Millions of Americans, Group Warns

The nation’s leading end-of-life choice advocacy organization, Compassion & Choices, warned that Senate confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, could seriously weaken the right of individuals to make their own personal healthcare decisions. Judge Gorsuch opposes medical aid in dying as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill […]

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