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Category Archive: Press Release

/ May 23, 2017

Maine House of Representatives Defies Voters, Fails to Pass End-of-Life Options Legislation

The Maine House of Representatives voted against LD 347, an Act Supporting Death with Dignity, also known as medical aid in dying, today by a vote of 61 to 85. The Senate advanced the legislation last Thursday by a vote of 16 to 15. Medical aid in dying is an end-of-life medical practice in which […]

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/ May 18, 2017

Maine Senate Advances End-of-Life Options Legislation

The Maine Senate advanced  LD 347, an Act Supporting Death with Dignity, also known as medical aid in dying, today by a vote of 16 to 15. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it as soon as Friday. In 2015, end-of-life options legislation lost by […]

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/ May 17, 2017

New York Prohibition on Medical Aid in Dying in New York Is Unconstitutional, Advocacy Group Says

Compassion & Choices has filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit asserting that New York laws against aiding or causing someone else’s death do not apply to physicians who provide medical aid in dying to suffering terminally ill adults who request it. The New York State Court of Appeals is considering hearing the case, Myers […]

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/ May 15, 2017

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Advances Nevada Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 261) in a Work Session today by a vote of 3 to 2.  The bill, introduced by Sen. David Parks (D-Las Vegas) and co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno), will now proceed to the Senate floor. It received a work session after a […]

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Healthcare Providers Sued for Violating Patient’s Do Not Resuscitate Order

Children of a deceased woman are suing her healthcare providers for causing her to needlessly suffer “over 10 days of anguish, agony, and torment.” The suit alleges the healthcare providers ignored the dying woman’s explicit wishes to be allowed to die comfortably without painful, unwanted medical treatment, as stipulated in her advance directive they had […]

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/ May 11, 2017

Nevada Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill Receives Senate Hearing

Medical aid-in-dying legislation, SB 261, was heard today by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Sen. David Parks (D-Las Vegas) introduced the bill. Medical aid in dying is an end-of-life medical practice in which a terminally ill, mentally capable individual who has a prognosis of six months or less to live requests, obtains and—if […]

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/ May 9, 2017

Time for New York to Pass Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices called on the New York State Legislature to do what the public wants and pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act (S.3151/A.2383). Legislators and advocates supporting medical aid in dying were joined at a Capitol news conference today by several people from across the state who have been deeply and personally affected […]

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/ May 8, 2017

Compassion & Choices and Terminally Ill D.C. Residents Advocate for Right to Access Death with Dignity Act at D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health

Compassion & Choices staff and D.C. residents testified at the D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health to urge swift action to ensure that all steps necessary to ensure residents the option of medical aid in dying is completed. “Our organization, healthcare providers and most importantly the patients who desperately need this option recognize that […]

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/ April 25, 2017

Jay Kallio – 9/11 First Responder & Hospice Volunteer – Victim of Lung Cancer, Died in Pain, Unable to Access Medical Aid in Dying in New York

Compassion & Choices New York today released a video featuring Jay Kallio, a 9/11 first responder who passed away on September 30, 2016 from lung cancer without being able to access medical aid in dying, legislation he passionately advocated for even prior to his own diagnosis. The poignant video tells the story of 60-year-old Jay, […]

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/ April 24, 2017

Compassion & Choices Lauds Medical Society of the State of New York for Voting to Survey Physicians on Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices New York campaign director Corinne Carey today lauded the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) House of Delegates decision to authorize a survey of physicians, medical residents and medical students. “On behalf of the millions of New Yorkers who support making medical aid in dying in New York legal, […]

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