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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on September 21, 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:
- A new independent poll found 2/3 of likely Massachusetts voters support the Death with Dignity initiative up for a vote this November.
- Massachusetts Death with Dignity advocate Dr. Marcia Angell helped people understand the state's proposed law in a Massachusetts Public Radio debate.
- Rachel Zimmerman of WBUR interviewed George Eighmey, the former executive director of the organization which works directly with terminally ill people in Oregon, to learn more about Oregonians' experiences with the state's Death with Dignity Act.
- Wendy Kaminer's article for The Atlantic explained how she can understand strict religious beliefs may lead a person to disagree with physician-assisted death, but she takes umbrage with opponents' "slippery, inflammatory arguments against it."
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Rock Center with Brian Williams highlighted a hospital which helps patients document their end-of-life wishes.
- A blogger on the Hospital Patient Advocate website asked people to "distinguish between dying at peace versus dying in peace."
Life's too short:
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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.