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Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)3, non-partisan, non-profit organization that has led the legal defense and education of the Oregon Death with Dignity Law for more than 11 years. Death with Dignity National Center is affiliated with the Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund, a distinct and separate 501(c)4 entity responsible for the political defense of the Oregon law and the promotion of Death with Dignity initiatives in other states. Death with Dignity National Center's and Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund's boards of directors are comprised of some of the Death with Dignity movement's most esteemed medical, legal and scholarly experts.

Members of the press, please direct your inquiries to our executive director, Peg Sandeen or via phone at 503-228-4415.

Below you will find our most recent press releases.

Lies, lies, lies!

Opponents' False Advertising care of Dignity 2012

Opponents of Death with Dignity are at it again. Like they did in Oregon in 1994 and 1997 and in Washington in 2008, they're running an enormous smear campaign centered around lies and half-truths to scare people away from end-of-life care policy reform. Don't be fooled. These laws have been in effect in two states—15 years in Oregon, no less—and there's not been a single incident to back up any of their claims.

They rely on lies because we live in a country with separation of church and state, and they know they can't convince people to go along with their true reason for being against these laws—their own religious beliefs. If there's any doubt about the source of their objection, check out the largest backers of the opponents in Massachusetts. Two of them, the American Family Association and the American Principles Project, are fringe, anti-gay groups, and the bulk of the rest of the donations came from Catholic Dioceses throughout the US.

If you haven't caught their misdirection attempts, here are some of the highlights from the recent efforts in Massachusetts:

Read more: Lies, lies, lies!

Leonard Nimoy Supports Death with Dignity

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I'm known for playing a character lacking in emotion, but this issue is about human compassion for those suffering and dying. It's maybe the most important issue you've not heard much about, Death with Dignity.

-Leonard Nimoy, in a PSA he did to help the Massachusetts effort

Seeing Leonard Nimoy's video about the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative warmed my heart (you can view the whole video on Dignity 2012's Facebook page). Nimoy hails from Boston, and with his celebrity and commitment to improving end-of-life options in his home state, he'll help many others understand what it means to die with dignity.

As he says in the opening sequence of the video, Death with Dignity laws aren't part of people's lives most of the time. Heck, as a society we're really good at avoiding even the general topic of death the majority of the time. For those not in a field related to end-of-life care, death happens to force its way into people's consciousness only periodically—when writing a student essay about it, facing death as a loved one dies, or contemplating mortality because of a single experience or diagnosis. But what if death were discussed more often?

Read more: Leonard Nimoy Supports Death with Dignity

Radical Hate Group Joins Opponents of Death with Dignity

In 20 years of advocating for Death with Dignity laws, we've never seen anything like this in our movement: opponents taking money from a hate group in an attempt to stop Death with Dignity policy reform. Traditionally, our opponents receive money from Catholic institutions all over the country to restrict policy reform, but in Massachusetts, everything is different about the opponent's fundraising.

Read more: Radical Hate Group Joins Opponents of Death with Dignity

UMass Poll Shows Support for Death with Dignity

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Between October 2-8, YouGov America interviewed 498 registered voters in Massachusetts for a new poll released by the University of Massachusetts, and it showed high levels of support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative. The survey found 65% of the registered voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. As is standard, the question posed to respondents is identical to what'll appear on the ballot:

"Massachusetts Ballot Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life"

"Based on what you know about this issue, would you vote YES or NO on Issue 2 to allow a terminally-ill patient to request a physician to prescribe medication to end their life, or don't you know enough about this to say?"

Yes......................................... 65%
No ......................................... 19%
Undecided............................... 17%

Read more: UMass Poll Shows Support for Death with Dignity

Death with Dignity Ahead in the Polls

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The Boston Globe conducted a statewide public opinion poll which demonstrated slightly more support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative than was seen in previous polls. This poll was conducted by the Survey Center at the University of New Hampshire between Sept. 21-27, and found 68% of likely voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative.The poll question was slightly different from other recent polling surveys, but similar to how it'll appear on the ballot:

"I'd like to turn to an issue that will be on the ballot in November. Issue 2 concerns allowing a person who is terminally ill to request a physician to help them end their life. The proposed law would require that the person have an incurable disease and have six months or less to live, voluntarily request a physician's assistance in ending their life, and be medically determined to be mentally capable of making the decision to end their life. A YES vote on Issue 2 would enact the law allowing a physician to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient, to end that person's life. A NO vote would make no change in existing laws."

Read more: Death with Dignity Ahead in the Polls

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