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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on July 6, 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.
Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:
- Tremendous news out of Massachusetts: "The initiative petition will be printed on the November 6, 2012, state election ballot."
- Carol Trust, the executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, posted the organization's endorsement of the proposed Death with Dignity initiative on her blog.
- Canada's national conversation about Death with Dignity continues to evolve. From an editorial this week: "We don't presume to know the outcome of a national debate on this critical subject, but clearly the time has come to address it."
- To help people better understand the recent Canadian ruling, we invited the BC Civil Liberties Association to host our weekly #DWDchat on Twitter. Check out the transcript of this dynamic conversation.
- Jill Shaw Ruddock from London asked, "Shouldn't this difficult decision on how to die be the choice of the individual: whether it means clinging on to life for as long as possible or to end one's life when they have full cognitive functions to decide?"
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- An article posted on KevinMD.com, 5 questions to change your end-of-life path, generated a rousing discussion on our Facebook wall.
- The groundbreaking documentary, How to Die in Oregon continues to leave an indelible mark on viewers.
Life's too short:
- ...So take a moment to meditate on these fanciful, gravity-defying art installations.
Defend dignity. Take action.
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.