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Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)3, non-partisan, non-profit organization that has led the legal defense and education of the Oregon Death with Dignity Law for nearly 20 years. The Death with Dignity Political Action Fund is a distinct and separate 501(c)4 entity responsible for the political defense of the Oregon law and the promotion of death with dignity initiatives in other states. Our board of directors is comprised of some of the death with dignity movement's most esteemed medical, legal and scholarly experts.
With your help, Death with Dignity National Center:
- Defends Dignity
We achieve this through our extensive and costly legal defense of the Oregon law, as well as coalition building. Our non-profit and political-action arm provide the flexibility to rapidly respond to both legal and political challenges.
- Mobilizes Dignity
We achieve this through various education and outreach means. On an ongoing process we identify and support states actively seeking to pass death with dignity laws similar to Oregon's. Our website is a trusted resource for legal, medical and scholarly research. Our Dignity Report donor newsletter provides more than 10,000 semi-annual readers with substantive articles, updates and interviews.
- Preserves Dignity
We achieve this by developing and nurturing diverse financial resources with one goal in mind: ensure financial vitality and its position as the leader of the Death with Dignity movement. During our 2010-2011 fiscal year, over 80% of our program expenses went toward providing education and information to promote Death with Dignity laws.
The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to provide information, education, research and support for the preservation, implementation and promotion of Death with Dignity laws which allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult the right to request and receive a prescription to hasten death under certain specific safeguards. We promote Death with Dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, as a stimulus to nationwide improvements in end-of-life care and as an option for dying individuals. We accomplish our mission by working to defend and promote Death with Dignity laws in court and in the court of public opinion through our nonprofit Death with Dignity National Center [501(c)(3)], and by working directly with public policymakers through our affiliated Political Action Fund [501(c)(4)].
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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, non-profit organization, has been the leading advocate in the death with dignity movement. Member contributions helped us pass a new Death with Dignity law in Washington, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the death with dignity movement.