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Week 34/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 17 to August 23, 2015) a group of California Assembly Members introduced a modified End of Life Option Act bill in their chamber of the state legislature, for an extraordinary legislative session on healthcare issues. The Death with Dignity bill is back in the California legislature, and if it passes in the special session, it may become law by year's end.

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Assembly Members Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Stone, and Luis Alejo co-sponsored and introduced a new bill, amended from SB 128 which the California Senate passed on June 4.

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California Legislators Reintroduce End of Life Option Act

On Tuesday, California Assembly Members Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Stone, and Luis Alejo introduced the California End of Life Option Act in their chamber of the state legislature. The bill is nearly identical to Senate Bill 128, sponsored by Senators Bill Monning and Lois Wolk and passed by the Senate on June 4, with amendments fine-tuning the process of obtaining medications.

The bill will head next week to a special Assembly Health Committee, established by Governor Jerry Brown for an extraordinary legislative session to consider pending healthcare issues. This means that AB 2X-15, the amended End of Life Option Act, will not have to go through three committees as it did in the Senate. Instead, the bill will only have to be heard in the one special committee and reviewed by a fiscal-impact committee.

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Week 33/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 10 to August 16, 2015) the New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a lower court's decision that had, in effect, made Death with Dignity legal in the state. And, on Friday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge upheld California's physician-assisted dying ban, saying the matter should be left for the state legislature to decide.

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Dying the Way I Want: Death with Dignity in Maine

This is a guest post by our long-time supporter in Maine, Valerie Lovelace. Val is the executive director of It's My Death, which she founded to honor a promise to her sister Dee, dying of cancer, "to teach others how to be with dying, how to speak and listen to one another the way we had learned to speak and listen, and how to go on even when afraid." She is an inter-faith minister, ordained by calling, studying and practicing in the traditions of her elders and teachers, who are Native American, Christian, and Buddhist. She is a hospice volunteer, artist, and the parent of three adult children. She is also a homeopathic practitioner and a Reiki Master, retired from the U.S. Navy, and a trained EMT.

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Maine Should Have a Death with Dignity Law

Maine’s legislature recently failed to pass LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life. The bill would have allowed a qualifying, terminally ill adult to ask for a prescription medication to take at a time of their choosing as their death becomes imminent. It had a very clear process and protected all who chose to participate while forcing none who are morally opposed.

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Week 32/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 3 to August 9, 2015) the Washington State Health Department released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Death with Dignity law. Read the full report, our highlights, or a write-up in Seattle Weekly.

In the run-up to the release of the report, the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber newspaper, a hyperlocal publication on a Puget Sound island southwest of Seattle, ran two stories related to the state's Death with Dignity law.

Image by Howard Ignatius.

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