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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 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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Week 11/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Maryland was in the spotlight of the Death with Dignity movement last week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing drawing dozens of testimonies, including from our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen; our friend Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD, coined an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun in support of the bill and Marylanders' right to Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option.

The New York Times endorsed Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option for the terminally ill. Across the pond, beloved author and dying with dignity campaigner Terry Pratchett died.

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 8 to March 14, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

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Week 10/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

The most important development in the Death with Dignity movement last week was the joint hearing of the Health and Government Operations and Judiciary Committees of the Maryland House of Delegates about HB1021 - Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer Death with Dignity Act, where we provided a testimony. In New Hampshire, the House passed a bill establishing a committee to study end-of-life choices. And here in Oregon, a friend of our organization's, Dr. Peter Rasmussen, appeared on OPB's Think Out Loud program discussing Death with Dignity.

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 1 to March 7, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.

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In Support of Maryland Death with Dignity Act

The Health and Government Operations and Judiciary Committees of the Maryland House of Delegates held a joint hearing today about HB1021 - Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer Death with Dignity Act. Our executive director, Peg Sandeen, attended the hearing and for an hour and a half testified in support of the proposed bill and answered questions from the committee (the witness panel also included the current Delegate Shane Pendergrass, the primary sponsor of the bill, Stephen H. Sachs, a former Maryland Attorney General, and McShane Glover, a close friend of Dick Israel, who is one of the two people named in the title of the bill). This is the full text of the testimony.

Testimony in Support of Maryland's Proposed Death with Dignity Bill

I am the executive director of the Death with Dignity National Center, an organization dedicated to improving and expanding the medical options available to terminally ill patients. In addition, I am a social worker, an instructor at the Portland State University School of Social Work, and the surviving widow of a terminally ill individual who wanted desperately to control the timing and manner of his death. As an advocate and a family member profoundly impacted by an avoidable and horrible dying experience, I strongly commend the sponsors of this legislation for your leadership in bringing this important issue forward.

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Week 9/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week Brittany Maynard's mother, Debbie Ziegler, appeared on Dr. Oz show (video preview | summary), and husband, Dan Diaz, posted an op-ed in Time magazine. Utah saw a bill introduced. New Hampshire debated a bill establishing a committee to explore end-of-life options. Polls in Maryland and New Jersey showed strong support for bills proposed in those states. The Applied Sentience blog called Death with Dignity a top three political battle this year, as continued debates in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and other states demonstrate. And, the artist and Death with Dignity advocate Leonard Nimoy passed away.

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