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Update: Minnesota Compassionate Care Act withdrawn

Today, we  sent out the following email to our Minnesota supporters:

Last week, the Compassionate Care Act was heard by the Senate Health Committee and withdrawn before a vote was taken. Despite the moving testimony from physicians, clergy, families, and Brittany Maynard’s husband Dan Diaz, bill sponsor Sen. Chris Eaton withdrew the bill because it did not have the majority support of the committee.

For my team, this is a legislative setback, but for so many terminally ill people in our state the legislature’s inaction has painful, real-life consequences.

Though we’ve hit a barrier in the legislative process, the bill we support came within a single vote of passing the committee. That’s a tremendous success considering the Minnesota Senate had never previously considered the Compassionate Care Act. We are prepared to build on our success next year, and we need your help to grow our ranks and increase the number of North Star State supporters.

Forward this email to 3 of your friends and ask them to sign our petition to expand end-of-life options in Minnesota.

Without the hard work of supporters like you, there’s no chance that legislation would have gone as far as it did this year. And the progress we made during this year’s session has convinced us that with a little more time, we’ll be able to secure the votes we need.

Though the new legislative session won’t start until next year, we are not wasting a moment in our efforts to win the votes that will put us over the top. We have our work cut out for us, but we know what to do – energize and empower supporters like you to raise your voice and be heard!

We can only pass this legislation with your help. Send the petition below to 3 friends and ask them to join our campaign:


Thanks for doing your part,


Rebecca Thoman, M.D.
Minnesota Campaign Manager

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