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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 30/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (July 20 to July 27, 2015), as legislatures went into summer recesses the Death with Dignity movement entered a "slow news day" period, until a California judge dismissed one of the two lawsuits challenging the state's assisted suicide law.

Read more: Week 30/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Week 29/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (July 13 to July 19, 2015), as legislatures went into summer recesses the Death with Dignity movement entered a "slow news day" period.

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Week 28/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (July 6 to July 12, 2015) the hearing in the California State Assembly Committee on Health was postponed for a second time as the sponsors of SB 128, End of Life Option Act, determined the bill had insufficient votes to pass. Senators Wolk and Monning intend to bring the bill back next year, in the latter half of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

The D.C. Council's Committee on Health and Human Services held a 10-hour hearing on Councilmember Mary Cheh's Death with Dignity Act of 2015. The next steps will not be decided until after the Council's summer recess.

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The second postponement of the Assembly Committee on Health hearing on SB 128 generated a lot of news coverage.

Read more: Week 28/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Week 27/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 29 to July 5, 2015), California heated up in advance of tomorrow's hearing on SB 128, End of Life Option Act at the Assembly Committee on Health. The Catholic Church stepped up the pressure on Catholic Committee members, several of whom are vaccilating on the issue (see our letter campaign).

The Statesman Journal ran another part in the series about the end-of-life journey of our organization's friend and long-time Death with Dignity advocate, Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD.

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Pro and anti-Death with Dignity advocates stepped up campaigns in the run-up to the first Assembly hearing.

Read more: Week 27/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Week 26/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 22 to June 28, 2015), the California Assembly Health Committee hearing on Senate Bill 128 - End of Life Option Act was rescheduled to July 7 while the bill's sponsors seek to round up the votes.

The Economist magazine featured a themed issue, "The right to die," with a number of articles:

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The postponement of the Assembly Health Committee hearing on SB 128 generated a flurry of editorials urging the Assemblymembers to pass the bill.

Read more: Week 26/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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