Compassion & Choices has achieved great progress recently to expand end-of-life options across America. Just today we launched a bilingual campaign to educate Californians about the benefits and requirements of the state’s new aid-in-dying law, which takes effect in 2016.
“It is important for every Californian to clearly understand the benefits and requirements of the law so they know all their end-of-life care options, especially if they are suffering,” said Kat West, C&C’s national director of policy & programs. “Our California Access Campaign will educate and empower doctors and terminally ill adults about all the end-of-life care options to relieve intolerable suffering, including hospice, palliative care and medical aid in dying.”
The launch was announced during a news conference at the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) in Sacramento. The CPCA is among a group of health centers, hospitals, hospice facilities and nonprofit organizations partnering with Compassion & Choices to ensure that all Californians know aid in dying is an available and safe end-of-life option.
We’re also keeping up the pressure in New Jersey and held a very productive lobby day this past Monday to show state senators the momentum we’ve built for aid-in-dying legislation in the Garden State.
“Our advocates got to have great conversations with legislators, and we also had some terminally ill supporters walk into the governor’s office and meet with staffers. We definitely made progress,” said New Jersey Field Director Evan Nison.
Efforts are picking up for our New York campaign as well. C&C hosted its first New York City Action Team meeting on Tuesday. Going forward, the team will meet monthly to strategize about the campaign, reach out to legislators and decision makers, and share information.
And a new push is underway to bring aid in dying to Colorado. The 2016 proposal, called the Colorado End of Life Options Act, has been modified to address concerns that held our previous bill up last legislative session. But according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep Lois Court, D-Denver, “We have the same goals as last year. It’s to give comfort, physical and psychological, to people at the end of life.”
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