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Dr. Morris from "How to Die in Oregon"

Dr. Katherine Morris

Dr. Katherine Morris was Cody Curtis' surgical oncologist. They were both featured in the groundbreaking documentary, How to Die in Oregon. Dr. Morris is currently an Assistant Professor in Surgical Oncology at University of New Mexico, with clinical and research interests in Upper GI (stomach, liver, pancreas, etc) cancers.

I'm not a person who likes getting her picture taken. So, how I ended up in a documentary discussing the most difficult and emotionally laden decision I've ever made in my professional career still occasionally puzzles me. Voting for Oregon's Death with Dignity law was a clear decision for me given the amount of respect I have for individual autonomy, and through my practice I'd learned how much people can suffer at the end of their lives. Even so, the decision to be a prescribing physician for a patient I was very attached to was incredibly difficult.

Read more: Dr. Morris from "How to Die in Oregon"

This Week in the Movement

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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Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Support Massachusetts Death with Dignity

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Another independent poll released this week showed winning support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative which will appear on the state's November ballot. Tuesday's poll conducted by Suffolk University and 7News, demonstrated 2/3 of likely voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. The poll question had the same wording as what will appear on the November ballot:

Question #2 is the Prescribing Medication to End Life Proposed Law. A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life. A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. At this point would you vote yes or no?

Yes......................................... 64%
No ......................................... 27%
Undecided............................... 10%

Read more: Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Support Massachusetts Death with Dignity

A Life-Changing Internship

Bridging Knowledge to Health by Paul Bica on flickr

How many internships do you know of that can change the course of a person's life? Chances are, not many.

Earlier this month I learned of such an opportunity. An opportunity that had my name written all over it. The opportunity was to apply to for an open position as a web and social media intern for Death with Dignity National Center.

I jumped at the chance.

After all, they offered a great benefits package...

  • Would you like to work with an organization that respects and protects personal freedom? Check.
  • Would you like to contribute your skills while learning more? Check.
  • Would you like to connect individuals that have incredible stories to tell? Check.
  • And would you like to make a difference in end-of-life decision making? Yes, please. Sign me up.

I love how my network has grown exponentially because of 'the web.' The online world has connected me not only to communities of individuals with similar passions, but also to the unique position I now hold with Death with Dignity National Center. Without online connectivity, the opportunity to learn while assisting the mission of a fantastic organization wouldn't be possible. A seasoned marketing communications professional finishing her Master's while living in the Midwest wouldn't be able to support a pivotal organization supporting personal decisions in end-of-life care on the West coast.

Read more: A Life-Changing Internship

This Week in the Movement

Old News by Kyronsdf 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:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

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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.

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