We sent the following message to our Washington, DC supporters last week:
It’s been almost two years since my wife, Brittany Maynard, shared her story with the world. Brittany was 29 when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She was determined to have the option of a gentle passing, surrounded by her family, instead of allowing the brain tumor to end her life in an excruciating manner.
Because California had not yet authorized medical aid in dying, Brittany and I moved to Oregon, where medical aid in dying has been law for 20 years. Brittany spent the last few months of her life advocating for the right of people to die on their own terms, and she has been an inspiration for thousands of supporters across the country.
I promised Brittany that I’d keep fighting to expand end-of-life options for terminally ill individuals across the country, and that’s why I’ll be attending Compassion & Choices Washington DC’s lobby day. Will you join me?
The DC Council will consider medical aid-in-dying legislation early next month. With your help, we’ll be able to convince them to pass this crucial bill.
That means that terminally ill Washingtonians could soon find great comfort in knowing that they have the option of medical aid in dying. And it means that we’re close to making history by authorizing the practice in the nation’s capital and continue the momentum of the last year.
Join me by attending our lobby day and sharing your own personal stories with your elected officials. Help your legislators understand the importance of end-of-life options so terminally ill adults in DC don’t have to face the same dilemma that Brittany did, of having to leave their home after being told they only have six months to live.
Direct contact with legislators played a huge role in the recent passage of California’s End of Life Option Act. Make your voice heard and DC could be next.
I hope to meet you there,