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Each week we summarize the week's news in the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care.

Week 21/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 18 to May 25, 2015) was huge in the movement.

The California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128. Also in California, another lawsuit was filed asking for the state to allow physician-assisted dying.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Tennessee, where a bill had been referred to a summer working session.

In Vermont, the Governor signed a bill solidifying the safeguards in the original Death with Dignity bill, Act 39 - A Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act.

And in Maine, a joint legislative committee passed the proposed Death with Dignity bill.

California

While SB 128 - End of Life Option Act underwent a fiscal impact study in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the California Medical Association changed its stance on the bill to neutral. Learn more →

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Week 20/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 11 to May 17, 2015), a proposed Death with Dignity bill received a hearing in Maine and the California bill moved forward through the Appropriations Committee.

California

The Senate Appropriations Committee forwarded SB 128 - End of Life Option Act for budget impact assessment, while Californians continue to debate the issue. Meanwhile, just today, the California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on the proposed bill.

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Week 19/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (May 4 to May 10, 2015) the Vermont House approved a bill that would remove sunset provisions from the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, the state's Death with Dignity law. Because the representatives amended S.108 with a reporting clause, the Senate must approve the new version of the bill before Governor Shumlin signs it. Earlier, an amendment to repeal Act 39 was defeated 83 to 60. Representative Sandy Haas said in the media that seven patients have used the law since it passed in 2013.

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Week 18/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 27 to May 3, 2015) saw an important milestone for the movement in Vermont, where the House passed a bill removing sunset provisions from Act 39, the state's Death with Dignity law. Debate continued in California and New York, and we also saw stirrings of a future debate on Death with Dignity in Illinois.

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Week 17/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 20 to April 26, 2015) served as an indication that as legislative sessions wind down around the country, Death with Dignity recedes from the forefront of media attention and people's minds.

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