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Category Archive: Press Release

/ September 21, 2017

Medical Aid-in-Dying Supporters Highlight Protections for Vulnerable Populations in End of Life Options Act

In response to a legislative briefing held today at noon by opponents of the End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225), bill supporters highlighted the safeguards in the legislation designed to protect vulnerable populations. The Joint Public Health Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation this Tuesday, September 26. The bill would authorize medical aid […]

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/ September 14, 2017

Advocates Slam House for Passing Spending Bill with Rider to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

(Washington, D.C. – Sept. 14, 2017) Supporters of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act criticized the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill with a rider to repeal the District’s medical-aid-in-dying law. Similar to laws in six states, the D.C. Death with Dignity Act gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with […]

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/ September 7, 2017

NY Court’s Rejection of Medical Aid in Dying Case Puts Onus on NY Legislature to Enact Law

(Albany, NY – Aug. 7, 2017) The New York Court of Appeals’ rejection of a lawsuit asserting that terminally ill adults have a constitutional right to medical aid in dying puts the onus on the state legislature to enact a law to authorize this popular option to end unbearable suffering. “While we were supportive of […]

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/ July 27, 2017

Sponsor of Bill to Repeal D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Law Fails Fact Check Test

(Washington, D.C. – July 27, 2017) Supporters of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act released a fact check video showing the sponsor of an amendment the House Appropriations Committee recently approved to repeal the D.C. law made numerous false claims about the law. The House Appropriations Committee voted 28-24 on July 13 to approve the amendment […]

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/ 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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