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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on March 30, 2012
Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.
Assisted death in the US:
- Vermonters continue to voice their frustration with two of their elected officials who aren't allowing the proposed Death with Dignity bill to go to the full Senate for a vote.
- In an unfortunate turn of events, the Georgia Senate passed a bill to ban assisted suicide. A similar bill was passed by the state House of Representatives earlier in the month. Because of some changes made by the Senate Committee, the bill heads back to the House for approval before heading to the Governor for consideration.
International developments in the assisted dying movement:
- In the UK, "an MP fought back tears as he told the Commons how his terminally ill father gassed himself alone in his car rather than die a 'lingering, degrading death' from cancer."
- After two years of receiving and hearing comments from the public, the Quebec goverment commission on Dying with Dignity issued a report recomending a legal option for medical assistance for dying in cases where Quebecois are terminally ill and want to die.
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- In light of the recent debates about whether or not grief should be classified as a mental illness, a Slate blog post, "When Should Someone Be Finished Grieving?" shared an insightful personal account of the life-long process of grieving.
- An opinion piece in the New York Times, "Doctors Have Feelings, Too" generated quite the discussion on our Facebook page.
- FirstChoice, a travel agency based in the UK put together an infographic of the survey results from travel bloggers on what they would do if 2012 were their last year on earth—a Bucket List of sorts: "Assuming the Mayans were right, what would you do with your last year on earth?"
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You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, nonprofit organization, has been the leading advocate in the Death with Dignity movement. Individual contributions helped us pass new Death with Dignity laws in Washington and Vermont, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the Death with Dignity movement.