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Category Archive: Press Release

/ July 18, 2017

Compassion & Choices Launches Bilingual Access Campaign to Educate D.C. Residents about Death With Dignity Act

Compassion & Choices today launched a bilingual campaign to educate terminally ill D.C. residents, their families and medical providers about the benefits and requirements of D.C.’s new medical aid-in-dying law that took effect yesterday (Monday, July 17). The mayor’s announcement came four days after the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would invalidate the D.C. law […]

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/ July 13, 2017

Compassion & Choices Slams House Appropriations Committee Amendment to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

Supporters of D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law urged lawmakers in six states with such laws to oppose an amendment to the annual federal government funding bill that would block funding to implement the D.C. law and repeal it. The House Appropriations Committee voted late Thursday night to approve the amendment by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.) in a […]

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/ July 10, 2017

Congressional Threats to Block D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law Could Lead to Nationwide Ban of Such Laws

Power Grab Would Violate D.C. Autonomy, Alienate Supporters of Medical Aid in Dying Supporters of D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law warned that if Congress uses its appropriations power to block funding to implement the law, it could spur opponents to seek a nationwide ban of such laws. Medical aid-in-dying laws give mentally capable, terminally ill adults with […]

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Compassion & Choices New York Applauds New York State Academy of Family Physicians for Voting to Support Medical Aid in Dying Act

Compassion & Choices New York campaign director Corinne Carey today applauded the New York State Academy of Family Physicians and its Congress of Delegates for voting overwhelmingly to support the New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (S3151/A2383), sponsored by Senator Diane Savino (IDC-Staten Island) and Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Westchester). Prior to this vote, the NYSAFP […]

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/ June 27, 2017

California State Data on End of Life Option Act Confirms It is Working Well

(Sacramento, Calif. – June 27, 2017) The California Department of Public Health today released its first report detailing usage information during the first half-year of the End of Life Option Act’s implementation. The law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live the option to request a doctor’s prescription for […]

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/ June 21, 2017

End-of-Life Option Advocacy Group Appoints Texas Leader

(Austin, Tex. — June 15, 2017) Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to increasing options and improving care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying, has appointed Dr. Janet Strickland as its Action Team Leader in Texas. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with […]

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Delaware Residents Urge State Legislators to Pass End of Life Options Act

Compassion & Choices and its Delaware supporters today met with Delaware legislators at the state Capitol today to urge them to authorize the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to request, […]

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/ June 19, 2017

Corte de California permite que Demanda para Revocar Ley de Ayuda Médica para Morir vaya a Juicio

Una corte superior de California dictaminó hoy que una demanda para revocar la ley de California, ‘Opción de Fin de Vida’ sea llevada a juicio para determinar los méritos del caso (véase Ahn vs. Hestrin – Caso RIC1607135). Por ahora, la ley de un año ‘Opción de Fin de Vida’, sigue vigente porque el tribunal […]

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/ June 16, 2017

California Court Allows Suit to Overturn Medical Aid-in-Dying Law to Go to Trial

A California superior court today ruled that a lawsuit to overturn the California End of Life Option Act will proceed to trial to determine the merits of the case (see Ahn vs. Hestrin — Case RIC1607135). For now, the one-year-old End of Life Option Act remains in effect because the court previously rejected the plaintiffs’ […]

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/ June 5, 2017

Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Suit to Authorize Medical Aid in Dying in Mass.

(Boston, Mass. – June 6, 2017) A Massachusetts judge rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit asserting the state constitution protects, and existing state law does not bar, doctors in Massachusetts who provide medical aid in dying for mentally capable, terminally ill adults. Compassion & Choices filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Barnstable County […]

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