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Massachusetts Media Round-Up

The Atlantic magazine featured a discussion about MA Death with Dignity

With the exciting announcement that Death with Dignity is now officially certified for the November Massachusetts ballot, there's been a flurry of excitement about the measure in the news. Something refreshing I've noticed in these reports is the reliance on facts about these important laws which have been in effect in Oregon and Washington for years. All too often, people get distracted by misinformation and scare tactics put forward by opponents of additional end-of-life options.

A consistent theme throughout these articles about the proposed law is to outline what would and would not be allowed under the Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act. An example from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bioethics Blog:

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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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"How to Die in Oregon" Nominated for Emmy

Emmy Awards by David Malkoff on flickr

Peter Richardson's groundbreaking documentary, How to Die in Oregon has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best documentary! Nominees were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

This life-affirming documentary has helped people all over the world learn more about what it means to regain control of one's own end-of-life care when faced with a terminal illness—but not by talking about Death with Dignity laws and the politics behind them. Director Peter Richardson decided to show a different perspective. After four years of filming, he created a film which sensitively and intimately portrays the use of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and the campaign to pass the second law in the state of Washington. Among the personal interviews with volunteers, advocates, and terminally ill patients throughout Oregon and Washington, the heart of the story emerges with Cody Curtis, her family, and her oncologist.

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This Week in the Movement

News by European Citizen, 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

Death with Dignity Qualifies for Massachusetts November Ballot

VOTE! by Muffet, on Flickr

"The initiative petition will be printed on the November 6, 2012, state election ballot."

-from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth to Dignity 2012

After a long, winding road, the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative completed the final step of the process to appear on the November ballot! After collecting nearly double the number of signatures necessary for the second and final signature-gathering phase, the Secretary of the Commonwealth certified that the citizen petition will be put before voters this fall during the presidential election.

This final round of signature gathering proved to be another demonstration of strong support for the measure from all over Massachusetts; signatures were certified from all 14 counties in order to qualify the Death with Dignity initiative for the November ballot. Michael from Dignity 2012 shared the great news with supporters in an email earlier today. He summarized the path to the ballot in his message:

Our long journey to the ballot started nearly one year ago.

Read more: Death with Dignity Qualifies for Massachusetts November Ballot

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