For much of his medical career, Erik Steele didn’t think he and his fellow doctors should help terminally ill patients get the medicine that could kill them. “When you make these decisions, you will make mistakes, whether it’s capital punishment or physician-assisted suicide,” he said, recalling his old views on the subject. “If you take 1,000 patients, there will potentially be a few where you will make mistakes. And if you make mistakes, you should make them on the side of life.”
Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life.
Sally Jordan of Wylie, Texas, had an explicit living will with a “do not resuscitate” order, and made sure her family and healthcare providers were aware. Yet she suffered exactly the kind of death she did not want. Jordan was found unconscious on May 4, 2015. Paramedics took her to the hospital, which led to […]Read More
A kind and generous ally and friend of C&C, Dustin Hankinson, died the morning of May 16 at his home in Lolo, Montana. He was 42. His warm spirit was reflected in his life’s work — fighting for justice for people living with disabilities. At age 11, Dustin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which […]Read More
Because, frustratingly, it isn’t always the case, seeing the will of the people reflected in legislative action feels encouraging, regardless of the near-term outcome. And every success helps move the movement forward. Aid-in-dying bills in both Nevada and Maine – states which boast 72 and 70 percent support among residents for the option respectively – […]Read More