Compassion & Choices has over 1,000 supporters and more than a dozen dedicated volunteers leading the efforts to improve end-of-life care in Alaska. Compassion & Choices hosted three informational events in 2018 educating the public, including medical professionals, on the Ending Life Option campaign. Volunteers also collected over 250 signatures of support for a medical aid-in-dying law for terminally ill Alaskans.
Compassion & Choices has multiple action teams around Alaska covering thousands of miles of remote territory, with volunteers pursuing advocacy in the following locations: Kodiak, Homer, Girdwood, North Anchorage, South Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. Action teams are a critical part of Compassion & Choices. They bring together and train volunteers in their area to coordinate outreach efforts to local officials, and educate communities and health professionals. If you are interested in getting involved, click here.
The Ending Life Option Act, HB 54, was re-introduced by Alaska State Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) during the 2018 session. On January 30, 2018, the Alaska Health & Social Services Committee passed HB 54 by a five-to–two bipartisan vote in favor of advancing the bill to the House Judiciary committee. In April, 2018, HB 54 was then heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Compassion & Choices offered expert testimony and collaboration of supporters statewide in this historic advancement of this legislation. The Compassion & Choices Alaska team is energized for the upcoming 2019 legislative session and the opportunity to work with volunteers and leaders around the state to continue the progress made thus far.