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/ October 1, 2018

Group to Launch Digital Video Ad Campaign to Pass NJ Aid-in-Dying Bill By Year’s End

(Trenton, NJ – Oct. 1, 2018) Compassion & Choices today announced the launch of a sustained digital video ad campaign featuring terminally ill advocates and their loved ones urging New Jersey lawmakers to pass the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act (A1504/S1072) without delay after six years of debate on the issue. The end-of-life […]

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/ May 30, 2018

CA Court Rejects Group’s Motion to Vacate Its Ruling Voiding Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

A Riverside Superior Court rejected a motion filed by Compassion & Choices on behalf of a physician and two terminally ill adults urging the judge to “vacate” (i.e., cancel) his judgment last week invalidating the End of Life Option Act. However, the court judge, Daniel A. Ottolia, scheduled a hearing on June 29 to consider […]

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/ May 25, 2018

Group Urges Calif. AG to File Immediate Appeal to Suspend Judgment Invalidating Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

Compassion & Choices urges the California attorney general to immediately file an appeal with a state appellate court to suspend a lower court judgment today invalidating the End of Life Option Act. Appealing the ruling filed last night by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia would preserve access to the law until the […]

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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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