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Aid in Dying

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Death with dignity is an issue with consistent majority support that somehow endures being described as "controversial." But a vocal minority has been given a disproportionately outsized platform.

Dedicated to a Cause

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last Wednesday, March 20, the Connecticut Assembly's Public Health Committee began its consideration of a bill modeled after Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. My heart swelled as I sat with them and heard the witness of these decent, altruistic, dedicated people.

Oh, Freedom

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Barbara Coombs Lee

Choices mean freedom. Freedom from all that may be worse than being "buried in my grave."

Vote Like Your Future Depends on It

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

If you are disgusted at the sorry condition of our political contests and tempted to let this Election Day pass without registering a vote, please don't. Think on your sacred freedoms and know how fragile they are.

Do Doctors Die Like the Rest of Us?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

In November, Dr. Ken Murray published a blog called "How Doctors Die." It's been reverberating through the Web ever since, prompting a continuous stream of comments and inspiring others to offer their own essays and input.

The Double Effect of Aid in Dying

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 12.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The doctrine of double effect enables medical providers of every faith, in every state, to treat end-of-life pain aggressively and to participate in treatment decisions that advance the time of death.

Hawaii: The Latest State Where Doctors Can Provide Aid in Dying

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 12.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

On October 5, in Hawaii, a panel of experts convened at the state capitol. Legal, medical, elder care, legislative and end-of-life authorities concluded Hawaii law permits physicians to provide aid in dying subject to professional best-practice standards.

How Montana Is Revolutionizing The Movement For End-Of-Life Choice

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The Montana experience is ongoing, with aid in dying governed by standards of practice and the same regulatory procedures as all medical care. Its impact will likely reach across our nation.

Catholic Political Operatives Follow the Bishops

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As I wrote last week, Compassion & Choices welcomes the affirmation by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that religious objec...

Dogma vs. Dignity

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

The choice of how to address suffering in a terminal illness must be the province of dying individuals themselves in consultation with their doctors, families, clergy and conscience.

Signs of Hope in Western States

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Historically, end-of-life choice has suffered at the hands of politicians. The people's simple yearning for freedom and control at the end of life has been no match for the heavy hand of politicians.

Five States Give Patients Choice

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

"There's nothing more we can do." For too long, for too many, medical professionals have used these words when they believe they cannot cure their pa...

Everyday Elder Abuse

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Prevention Day. It's a day to appreciate that elders in our society endure abusive behavior every day and to consider ho...

The Crime of Assisting a Suicide

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Let's be clear. Our movement for end-of-life choice does not condone assisted suicide, and it never has.

Hobson's Choice

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Today family, friends and neighbors who loved Joan and Thomas Vanacore are grieving their tragic deaths and wondering how it might have been different...

Ruth Proskauer Smith's Death Honors the Life she Led

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Ruth Proskauer Smith, a friend and an activist for individual autonomy, died last night, closing her life in the manner she had wished for, planned fo...

AMA Opposition and the Path Ahead

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

With so many doctors supporting it, who stands against empowering dying patients? Four hundred thirty physicians in the AMA House of Delegates who craft its policy.