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Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from physicians is again before state lawmakers in the state of New York, though top lawmakers are either skeptical about its chances or firmly opposed. Undeterred, several supporters gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday, hoping stories of loved ones lost to painful […]

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Part of the Washington Post’s reporting 22 March 2017 on the senate hearings on whether to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court: Senator Diane Feinstein with Judge Gorsuch…. The two also discussed a book that Gorsuch wrote in which he opposed physician-assisted suicide, and said any taking of a human life was […]

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Regarding the nomination by Trump of Supreme Court justice Gorsuch: The Washington Post article of 1 Feb.2017 contains a particularly interesting paragraph: “If his writing is any indication, Gorsuch seems to have been alarmed by the sudden proliferation in the mid-1990s and early-2000s of proposals seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. He also cites […]

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The newest Death with Dignity law, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, went into effect 17 December 2016, after Governor Hickenlooper signed it into law. Colorado thus becomes the 5th state with an assisted dying statute. Qualified terminally ill Coloradans may now legally request and obtain medication to hasten their death.

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Broad Support for Medical Aid in Dying in MN Poll Results Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (Sept. 2016) A new survey among likely voters in Minnesota finds broad and deep support for medical aid in dying. In principle, Minnesotans believe medical aid in dying should be a legal option for terminally ill individuals by a margin […]

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Colorado passed a medical aid in dying measure 11/08/16 that will allow adults suffering from terminal illness to take life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleeping medication. The ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly, by a two-thirds, one-third split, according to unofficial returns. Supporters claimed victory an hour after polls closed in Colorado. There are now five states which have passed […]

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Washington D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to legislation that would allow physicians to prescribe fatal drugs to terminally ill residents in the city, making the District the sixth jurisdiction nationwide to allow the practice. It is the first predominantly black community to legalize so-called “death with dignity,” overcoming objections from some African American […]

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The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported 17 September 2016: Waiting for ‘the die medicine’ By Tracy Seipel, Bay Area News Group For 78-year-old Judy Dale, this wasn’t the way California’s new aid-in-dying law was supposed to work. The San Francisco grandmother, her body riddled with cancer, had hoped to die on her own terms when the […]

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Medscape reported 20 September 2016 on a Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium (PCOS) 2016 SAN FRANCISCO ― Oregon was the first state in the United States to enact a physician aid in dying law, known as Death With Dignity Act (DWD). Now, almost 20 years later, there is little evidence that it has been abused. […]

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(Reuters Health) – Legalized euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are mainly used by patients with cancer, but remain rare, according to a new analysis of such programs. In the last year alone, California has legalized physician-assisted suicide, Canada legalized both physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and Colombia performed its first legal euthanasia, said John Urwin, a study […]

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