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/ February 1, 2018

Compassion & Choices Promotes Chief Program Officer Kim Callinan to CEO

Compassion & Choices today announced the promotion of its chief program officer, Kim Callinan, to chief executive officer (CEO). Barbara Coombs Lee, who co-authored the nation’s first medical aid-in-dying law in Oregon in 1994 and served as CEO and president of the end-of-life care advocacy organization for the last 13 years, will remain president of […]

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/ August 21, 2017

The Scientist: Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid-in-Dying

This article originally appeared on August 17, 2017 for http://www.the-scientist.com/  In early 2015, the price of the insomnia drug Seconal doubled overnight to around $30 per 100 mg capsule. The drug’s active ingredient, a barbiturate called secobarbital, was widely prescribed in the mid-20th century as a sleeping pill, before falling out of favor due to […]

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/ July 27, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: SueAnn Fitch

The successful passage of the Colorado End of Life Options Act in November 2016 was due in part to passionate and dedicated volunteers like SueAnn Fitch, an attorney from Denver. Just days after her daughter-in-law finished treatment for breast cancer, SueAnn saw the ballot initiative in the newspaper and called C&C looking to volunteer. “Then […]

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/ December 30, 2016

Amping Up Impact Through Collaboration

The patient-rights movement to ensure people have access to the full range of end-of-life care options has much in common with other groups working to improve human and civil rights. Because there’s strength in numbers, Compassion & Choices participates in various coalitions and other groups to enhance the progress of our shared humanitarian goals. In […]

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/ December 16, 2016

Health on The Hill: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Patient Rights Movement

The moral arc of the universe may bend slowly, but it eventually bends toward justice whether it is for civil, human or patient rights. The patient-rights movement to ensure terminally ill adults have access to the full range of end-of-life care options, including of the option to obtain prescription medication they can decide to take […]

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/ September 23, 2016

D.C. Death With Dignity Act Advocates Push for Passage

Advocates for the D.C. Death with Dignity Act gathered in the nation’s capital September 22 to urge Councilmembers to support the bill in advance of an Oct. 5 vote on it by the Council’s Health and Human Service Committee. If the committee approves the bill, the full Council will vote on it before the end of the […]

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/ July 25, 2016

Video: Threats to DC Law Transcript

Overview: Congressional opponents of medical aid in dying are once again attempting to impose their values on district residents whom they do not represent. Despite the strong support for this legislation, Congressman Harris has introduced an amendment to repeal the law, which the House Appropriations Committee approved on July 13. The introduction and passage of […]

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/ March 16, 2012

Two Movements Approach the Tipping Point by Compassion & Choices

After years of gains and setbacks, the national movement for same-sex marriage is enjoying a period of remarkable success.  Massachusetts and Connecticut became first adopters in 2004 and 2005 and that came after twenty years of advocacy. Turmoil followed, especially in California. But in 2009 three states (Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire) approved same-sex marriage. New […]

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/ April 12, 2011

Supporters of Death with Dignity Hail Failure of HB2016

PORTLAND, OR – Compassion & Choices of Oregon today praised members of the House Health Care Committee who stopped Oregon House Bill 2016 from advancing. The measure aimed to overturn a crucial provision of the voter-passed Death with Dignity Act. Currently the law allows patients with a terminal illness the right to request aid in […]

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/ June 17, 2010

Healthcare Equality a Must in American Hospitals

Posted on Wed, Jun. 16, 2010 BY JANICE LANGBEHN www.hrc.org What happened to me and my family is unimaginable for most people. In 2007, the person with whom I shared my life for 18 years was rushed to the emergency room with a brain aneurysm. Far from home on vacation with our children here in […]

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