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Week 14/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week, Maryland legislators decided to not vote on proposed Death with Dignity bills, effectively delaying them until the 2016 session. California enjoyed the success of the proposed End of Life Option Act in the Senate Health Committee and geared up to this week's Judiciary Committee hearing. Montana rejected a proposed ban on physician-assisted dying. And ten years passed since the Terri Schiavo case brought assisted dying into the national spotlight (read more in TIME Magazine).

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 29 to April 4, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

California

The Death with Dignity debate continued apace in California following the bill's passage in a Senate Committee.

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Week 13/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week the Death with Dignity movement registered an important success in California, where the Senate Health Committee approved the proposed Senate Bill 128 - End of Life Option Act by 6 votes to 2, with 1 abstention. The bill now moves to the Judiciary Committee, with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Bills also moved through the Maryland and Minnesota legislatures. We learned that Tennessee will see a proposed bill this week as well, bringing the number of jurisdictions considering Death with Dignity this session to 25 (including District of Columbia).

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 22 to March 28, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

California

The Senate Health Committee approved SB 128 with a 7 to 2 vote.

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California Senate Health Committee Approves SB 128 - End of Life Option Act

Image: California Senate Health Committee hearing on SB 128

"Some years ago, my precious brother Jeff died a death I would not wish on anyone. Yesterday my spirits were lifted.

At the Senate Health Committee Hearing on SB 128 - California End of Life Option Act, I was privileged to witness the powerful testimony of families who, like my own, had to stand like giants in a moment after they were just ordinary people. Those brave people who provided testimony in support of SB 128 spoke for their loved ones. And they stood for us all.

It was a landmark day in California as the Senate Health Committee approved SB 128. This is one of several hurdles the bill faces, but California is poised to catch up to Oregon in this push for greater choice in how we meet end of life challenges."

This first-hand account from the California Senate Health Committee Hearing on SB 128 - California End of Life Option Act comes from our supporter Kate P., a Sacramento, California, resident.

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Week 12/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week was marked by a long and emotional hearing in Connecticut on HB 7015 - An Act Providing a Medical Option of Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Adults. A Death with Dignity bill was introduced in Minnesota as SF 1880 - Minnesota Compassionate Care Act; Senate Bill 128 - California End of Life Option Act got US Senator Dianne Feinstein's endorsement; and a bill criminalizing physician-assisted dying passed in the Montana House, portending the possibility of a ban.

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 15 to March 21, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

California

As California geared up to this week's Senate Committee hearing on the End of Life Option Act, the bill gained an influential supporter.

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Partnering with People of Nevada on Proposed Patient Self-Determination Act

We are proud to support Nevada Senators David Parks (D-Las Vegas) and Ben Kieckhefer (R-Carson City, Washoe) and the people of Nevada in proposing a Death with Dignity law to provide a peaceful and dignified death for those suffering from terminal illnesses. Senate Bill 336 - Nevada Patient Self-Determination Act, says that, in certain narrow circumstances, mentally competent terminally ill adults who are within the final six months of their lives will be allowed to peacefully end their lives. The Act provides strict safeguards, protects against coercion, and allows eligible terminally ill patients to spend their final days and moments at peace, surrounded by their family members and loved ones.

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