A guest article by a founding board member of Ohio End of Life Options recounting her journey to advocating for death with dignity in her state.
Death with Dignity: A Report Card on Medical Aid in Dying Legislation in the United States
During the debates leading up to the approval of Death with Dignity laws, opponents expressed a number of concerns about the expected consequences of authorizing medical aid in dying. Available data have proven the great majority of these fears to be groundless.
Brittany knew that she would not live to see the results of her advocacy, and she called on me to carry it on in her name. I am more committed than ever to working with the Death with Dignity National Center in order to continue the important task they started so long ago when they drafted and campaigned for the passage of the law Brittany used.
If I get the opportunity to vote on a Death with Dignity law, my vote will of course depend on the details of that specific proposal. As I evaluate my decision, I want to make sure my vote does not end up being based on fear.
The Choice to Have a Good Death: Testimony in Support of Maine LD 347, An Act to Support Death with Dignity
I am also a Stage 4 cancer patient, and the progression of my disease in inevitable. As a cancer patient I can tell you that I have fought and will continue to fight this cancer of mine. Despite horrendous surgery and treatments and knowing what there is likely more to come, I want to live.
This is not a mandate, a requirement, or even a suggestion; but rather an option that allows terminally ill people to end their suffering on their own terms should they choose to do so.
I fully support LD 347, an Act to Support Death with Dignity, and I ask that you do the same. I have only one question for this Committee: How much longer will the State of Maine continue to consider it a crime for a physician to ease the suffering of a competent, dying adult?
This is a transcript, lightly edited for clarity, of the written testimony to the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor in support of SB 1129 submitted by Betts Cruz, a resident of Molokai. *…
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