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Category Archive: State News

/ November 14, 2017

Amherst Becomes 4th Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices praised the Amherst Town Meeting for voting tonight to endorse the Massachusetts End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225). The approval vote makes Amherst the fourth jurisdiction to support medical aid in dying as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill Massachusetts adult residents with six months or less to live to end […]

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/ November 3, 2017

Northampton Becomes Third Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying

The Northampton City Council became the third jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass a resolution supporting medical aid in dying as a peaceful option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults to end unbearable suffering. The approved resolution urges state lawmakers to pass the End of Life Options Act (H.1194/S.1225), which was introduced in […]

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/ 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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/ July 17, 2017

Terminally Ill Hawai`i Man Plans to Appeal Dismissal of Medical Aid-in-Dying Case Cites Overwhelming Support for End-of-Life Care Option by Hawai`i Voters

A terminally ill Hawai`i man plans to appeal a ruling last night by a state court judge who dismissed his lawsuit that asserts the state constitution and existing state statutes allow doctors to practice medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication […]

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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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/ June 21, 2017

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 10, 2017

Celebrating one year of the California End of Life Option Act

Today marks one year since the End of Life Option Act took effect and medical aid in dying became available in California. Compassion & Choices has been tracking the progress and we’re happy to report that implementation of the law has been a huge success. Thanks to a monumental effort by the C&C California Access […]

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/ 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 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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