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Weeks 19 & 20/2019 in the Death with Dignity Movement

May 13, 2019

In the two weeks from April 29 to May 12, 2019:

  • A hearing on an aid in dying bill took place in Delaware.

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2 Comments.

Joseph T Chavez
May 15, 2019 at 7:46 pm

Is there any info about the End-of life-option-act for extending to people suffering from mental illness.

Peter Korchnak, Death with Dignity
June 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Only mentally competent adult residents of CA, CO, DC, HI, NJ (as of August 1, 2019), OR, VT, and WA suffering from a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 or fewer months to live are eligible to use death with dignity laws in place there. The patient must be of sound mind, i.e. be able to make their own healthcare decisions, when making the requests for medications under these laws, and must be able to self-administer and ingest the medication at the time of their choosing.

Should the attending physician receiving the request or the consulting physician reviewing the request under these laws determine the patient’s judgment is impaired for any reason, e.g. mental illness, depression, or cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s Disease / dementia, they must refer the patient for a psychological or psychiatric evaluation. If the evaluation finds impaired judgment, the process stops and the patient won’t qualify for the medications.

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