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This Week in the Movement

New York Times Cover Aug. 12, 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.

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Facts About Death with Dignity Guide the Conversation

New York Times Cover Aug. 12, 2012

Getting an important cause noticed by a large group of people is a challenge—it's especially difficult when an issue is about something many people don't want to talk about: death. What a difference it makes when one of the major papers in the US publishes an article on the front page of their Sunday edition.

Last Sunday, the New York Times published an informative article by Katie Hafner about assisted death and Dignity 2012's effort to ask Massachusetts voters how they feel about Death with Dignity. Hafner's article covers a lot of ground in a relatively short space. She shares the story of a Washington state doctor's decision to request the medication, his physician's and wife's feelings about his decision, and even covers how the main myths regarding the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts have been debunked by years of data and research.

I've been watching the chatter on social media about the article, and the personal perspectives shared in it, such as this one, are mentioned most often:

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This Week in the Movement

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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:

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Allow Doctors to Support Patient Wishes

Why should anyone—the state, the medical profession, or anyone else—presume to tell someone else how much suffering they must endure while dying? Doctors should stand with their patients, not against them.

- Dr. Marcia Angell

This statement gets right to the heart of the matter, doesn't it? People deserve more options at the end of their lives and doctors should be allowed to help their patients get the end-of-life care they want.

Dr. Angell is former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Her quote is from a guest article published in the Health & Wellness section of the Boston Globe. Throughout her life, Dr. Angell has had extensive professional and personal experiences with difficult end-of-life care decisions. These experiences have shaped why she supports safe and legal assisted dying through Death with Dignity laws.

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This Week in the Movement

News by Megan Trace, on Flickr

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:

  • Former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell wrote a well reasoned piece for the Boston Globe about how the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative will allow doctors to respect their patients' wishes. She gets right to the heart of the matter: "Why should anyone—the state, the medical profession, or anyone else—presume to tell someone else how much suffering they must endure while dying? Doctors should stand with their patients, not against them."
  • Would you be willing to forgo one fancy lunch a month to help move Death with Dignity laws forward in more states? By contributing as little as $12 each month you will make a difference.

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