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Aid in Dying

California Lawmakers Reintroduce Right-To-Die Bill

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Tuesday reintroduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide that had stalled a...

Right-To-Die Bill Abandoned In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

A California bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek a physician-assisted death failed to advance in the state legislature on Tuesday. ...

When Someone Asks You to Help Them Die (VIDEO)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

I have been haunted by a deathbed promise I made 24 years ago. But now with the Aid in Dying movement growing, it's time to break my silence and lend a voice to help terminally ill people control their end of life.

The Death With Dignity Movement Just Had A 'Major Breakthrough'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

A medical group that has long opposed doctor-assisted death has reversed course and dropped its opposition to the practice, saying the decision should...

California Lawyer With Terminal Cancer Sues State For Right To Die Peacefully

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Three California residents with advanced or terminal diseases, along with a doctor, filed a lawsuit against the state of California last week seeking ...

Life: Sexually-Transmitted and Fatal

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Life is a sexually-transmitted condition that is invariably fatal. That well-phrased truth -- often attributed to British author Neil Gaiman -- led...

Aid in Dying

Jane Gross | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Jane Gross

This is the way my mother died -- by choice, after much research that we did together, in a nursing home that both permitted and facilitated the process and after 13 days with little demonstrable suffering.

I Have Cancer -- and I Want the Option to Die on My Own Terms

Jennifer Glass | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Our first year of marriage was not the honeymoon Harlan and I envisioned. At a time when I should have been writing him sweet love notes, instead I wrote him into my health care directive.

Death, Dying & the Grey Zone

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Death-and-dying usually goes with I-don't-want-to-talk about-it. Katy Butler wants us to talk about it. She worries, though, about the culture of death-denial, and about the lack of language when we do try to talk.

Is Aid in Dying a Civil Right Long Overdue?

Gail Sheehy | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Gail Sheehy

New York state is 18 years behind in offering terminally ill patients the legal right -- and comfort -- to make autonomous decisions about how to die when suffering intolerably from terminal disease.

California Lawmakers To Pursue Right-To-Die Legislation

AP | By FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain c...

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 12.31.2014 | 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.