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Week 13/2017 in the Death with Dignity Movement

April 10, 2017

In the week from April 3 to April 9, 2017:

  • The Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services of the Maine State Legislature heard LD 347 and LD 1066.
  • A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by religious, right-wing groups challenging Vermont’s assisted dying law.
  • An assisted dying bill was introduced in the Michigan State Legislature.

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Afterword: Physician-Assisted Dying Concepts

As Some States Adopt Aid in Dying Bills, Others Head in a Different Direction

Some two dozen states are considering an aid in dying bill in the 2017 congressional session, like Hawai’i, or pursuing a ballot measure, like South Dakota. In these places, public polls have often documented strong majorities of the population in support of this end-of-life option. In other states, the needle is moving in the other direction. The Oklahoma legislature, for example, is considering a bill that would require, in the event a bill were to pass in the future to allow physician-assisted dying, that the cause of death be listed as suicide, rather than the patient’s terminal illness. This is a step in the wrong direction. Learn how you can get involved on our Take Action page.