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25 years of end-of-life options in Oregon By Laurie Trieger This month marks the 25th anniversary of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act; in approving the law, Oregon was the first state to authorize medical aid in dying. Though it was originally passed via ballot measure in 1994, the law was challenged in the courts and […]

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Faith Sommerfield, aged 82, Founder of the Completed Life Initiative, chose to complete her life on September 27th, 2022 at the Pegasos Swiss Association in Basel, Switzerland. A life-long advocate for a person’s right to self-determination, Faith traveled to Switzerland, where her choice to pursue Voluntary Assisted Dying (“VAD”) is permitted, in order to complete […]

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Although the Canadian law for doctor assisted dying was hotly debated in 2016, when it was originally enacted, it has won broad public acceptance since then, with polls showing strong support. Through December of 2021, 31,664 Canadians have received assisted deaths. Of those, 224 who died last year were not terminally ill

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Beware Religious Restrictions: Patients and Doctors Jun 26, 2022 | Barbara Morris MD MPA Patients may not be aware that their health care system is faith-based, and rarely understand the restrictions that their health systems have implemented — until they need this care. Read more: https://thegooddeathsocietyblog

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If you wish to know which USA states have lawful medical aid in dying (MAiD}, and their different requirements, Death with Dignity National Center’s State Statute Navigator is the place to go. It is a a complete, searchable database of currently enacted Death with Dignity laws https://deathwithdignity.org/resources/state-statute-nav= igator/    

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Governor Phil Scott has signed S.74 into law, amending Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying statute. Advocates for the changes said this would make the medical-aid-in-dying process more accessible for terminally ill Vermonters.  Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying law has been in effect since 2013. It set up a multi-step process to request a life-ending prescription for any patient with a prognosis […]

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   Oregon will no longer require people to be residents of the state to use its law allowing terminally ill people to receive lethal medication, after a lawsuit challenged the requirement as unconstitutional. In a settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on 03/28/22, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Medical Board agreed […]

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If interested in the debate over whether medical assisted dying should be extended beyond the only terminal adult, this long article in the Colorado Sun of 14 March is well worth reading: Denver doctor helped patients with severe anorexia obtain aid-in-dying medication, spurring national ethics debate A recent case study shocked psychiatrists across the country […]

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From the newsletter 20 December 2121 of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying The Academy’s Patient to Doctor Referral System (https://ACAMAID.us19)  inaugurated in March 2020 to link patients with aid-in-dying experienced doctors, has now reached 300 patient requests and we’ve placed 100% of them with participating doctors.  Sadly, 25 years after Oregon became […]

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A fascinating article in the Guardian 21 Nov. about a terminally ill UK person traveling to Switzerland to get a medically assisted death contains this bleak outlook for law reform in England: Assisted death is legal in Switzerland, as well as in several other countries including Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. (plus 10 USA states). […]

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