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Currently, there is no pending legislative activity in Florida, however, Compassion & Choices expands our reach to new states all the time. Learn how to get involved below.



To join a Compassion & Choices volunteer action team in Florida, get started by clicking here, and we’ll put you in touch with your local action team leaders.

Florida Action Team Leaders:
Winnie Downes: Sarasota area
Barbara Toeppen-Sprigg: Ocala area
Marcia Bailey: Clearwater area
Gayle Bainbridge: Miami area

Florida Events 

Ocala, Florida
“Wit” screening
Friday, March 31st, 2017

1pm to 3 pm
Emma Thompson stars as an English professor with a biting wit that educates but also alienates her students.  Diagnosed with a devastating illness, Vivian agrees to undergo a series of procedures that are brutal, extensive and experimental. No longer a teacher, but a subject for others to study, she discovers a fine line between life and death that can only be walked with Wit.
Discussion will follow the film. Register at www.masterthepossibilities.org for further information.

Coral Gables, FL
“Family Funeral Alliance and Home and Earth-friendly funerals”
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Boulevard (across from Biltmore Hotel)
For more information, please contact Gayle Bainbridge at [email protected]

Ocala, Florida
“Still Alice” – screening and a discussion about the legal options for management of dementia
Saturday  April 15, 2017
1 pm to 3:30 pm

In this program, we first will view the movie about a woman who develops Alzheimer’s, and then discuss what options exist for those who develop any of the dementias as they lose capacity for independent decision-making. This will be a 2.5 hour session that includes 1 hour 40 minutes for the movie. Register at www.masterthepossibilities.org for further information.

/ February 3, 2015

Death-With-Dignity Boom: 26 States Now Considering Laws

The push for end-of-life autonomy has unprecedented strength. Lawmakers continue to advance aid-in-dying legislation in states across the country since Compassion & Choices’ national call to action November 19 – which would have been Brittany Maynard’s 30th birthday. Brittany’s powerful story and clear plea for change energized our on-the-ground campaigns and inspired new leadership in state houses from […]

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/ December 12, 2014

Brittany Maynard Named One of PEOPLE’s 25 Most Intriguing People

(Portland, OR – Dec. 12, 2014) Today’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine recognizes Brittany Maynard as one of the 25 most intriguing people of 2014 for her role as “The Crusader” in the death-with-dignity movement, in partnership with Compassion & Choices. American adults now believe by a record 5-to-1 margin (74% support vs. 14% oppose) that terminally ill adults – in […]

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/ September 17, 2013

Plaintiff to Oppose Motion to Dismiss Suit for Traumatic, Unwanted Medical Treatment

Contact: Sean Crowley, 202-495-8250-c or [email protected] What: A hearing on a motion by the Lakeland Regional Medical Center to dismiss a suit against the hospital for failing to transmit a dying woman’s do-not-resuscitate order to her nursing home. The suit claims 91-year-old Marjorie Mangiaruca was not allowed to die naturally as she wished. Marjorie had […]

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