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Category Archive: Press Release

/ April 16, 2018

Organizations Supporting Medical Aid in Dying Join Forces, Creating a New Alliance to Push for Passage of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act

Compassion & Choices New York, Death with Dignity-Albany, Death with Dignity National Center, and End of Life Choices New York announced that together they have formed the New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying at a Capitol news conference held today. These national and local organizations, which have all been long, strong, consistent supporters […]

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/ April 12, 2018

California Senate Committee Rejects Bill that Threatened Terminally Ill Californians’ Access to Medical Aid in Dying

The California Senate Health Committee rejected legislation by State Senator Mike Morrell today that would make it harder for terminally ill Californians to access medical aid in dying under the End of Life Option Act. The bill, SB 1336, would have added invasive and unnecessary reporting requirements to the End of Life Option Act. Committee […]

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/ April 5, 2018

Gobernador de Hawái pone Fin a Batalla Legislativa de 20 años al Firmar Ley de Ayuda Médica para Morir

Compassión & Choices Hawái agradeció hoy al gobernador David Ige por firmar la HB 2739, la Ley Our Care, Our Choice,  Nuestro Cuidado, Nuestra Decisión) que brindará a los residentes que sufren de una enfermedad terminal pero mentalmente capaz, la opción de ayuda médica para morir y así terminar pacíficamente con un sufrimiento insoportable. Los […]

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Hawai‘i Governor Ends 20-Year Legislative Battle by Signing Medical Aid-in-Dying Act

Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i thanked Governor David Ige today for signing HB 2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act, that will give mentally capable, terminally ill adult state residents the option of medical aid in dying to peacefully end unbearable suffering. Advocates for medical aid in dying had tried to pass legislation authorizing it in […]

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Rhode Island House Health Committee Holds Hearing on Medical Aid-in-Dying Legislation

Compassion & Choices and Rhode Island supporter advocates urged the Rhode Island House Health, Education and Welfare Committee to pass the Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act (H 7297). The bill would authorize medical aid in dying, which gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with a prognosis of six months or less to live the […]

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Terminally Ill D.C. Woman Asks D.C. Health Dept., Physicians to Help Her Access D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

The law allows mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live the option to request their doctor write a prescription for medication that they can decide to take to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering becomes unbearable. Compassion & Choices’ free end-of-life consultation service (800.247.7421) has received 11 requests […]

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/ March 30, 2018

Gran Logro en Hawái: Legislatura Aprueba Medida de Ayuda Médica Para Morir Apoyada por el Gobernador

Compassion & Choices de Hawái aplaudió hoy al Senado Estatal por su voto de 23 a 2 para aprobar la HB 2739, la medida “Our Care, Our Choice”. Se espera que el gobernador David Y. Ige firme el proyecto de ley que aprobó la Cámara de Representantes por una mayoría de 39-12, que autorizaría la […]

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/ March 29, 2018

Milestone in Hawai‘i: Legislature Approves Medical Aid-in-Dying Legislation Endorsed by Governor

Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i today applauded the State Senate for its 23-to-2 vote to pass HB 2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act. Gov. Ige is expected to sign the bill, which the House passed 39-12, that would authorize medical aid in dying in Hawai‘i since he already endorsed the legislation. Medical aid in dying is […]

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/ March 27, 2018

Grupo Advierte Que Nueva División de Salud “Libertad de Religión y Conciencia” Establece Precedente Peligroso Para los Pacientes

La recién creada “División de Libertad Religiosa y Conciencia” de la Oficina de Derechos Civiles del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos establece un precedente peligroso para el acceso del paciente a servicios vitales de atención de salud, según una organización de defensa destacada. La organización Compassion & Choices presentó hoy los […]

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Group Warns New Health “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” Sets Dangerous Precedent for Patients

The recently created “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights sets a dangerous precedent for patient access to vital healthcare services, according to a leading advocacy organization. Compassion & Choices submitted the comments to the Federal Register today, the last day of the March […]

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