Testimony by our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen, at the February 25, 2019 hearing to the Nevada State Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of SB 165, an assisted dying bill.
In collaboration with Compassion & Choices, on June 11 we sent an open letter to New York state legislators. The letter is part of our joint advocacy effort in the New York Coalition for Medical Aid in Dying.
Testimony by our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen, at the May 3, 2018 hearing of the New York State Assembly Committee on Health in support of A2383-A, Medical Aid in Dying Act.
A coalition of four organizations, the New York Alliance for Medical Aid in Dying, has been formed to build support among legislators and New York residents for the Medical Aid in Dying Act currently under consideration by the state Assembly.
For nearly two decades we have worked with citizens, legislators, and leaders to bring the right to die with dignity to the people of Hawaii. From former Governor Ben Cayetano, an early champion of assisted dying, to hundreds of citizens who faithfully have worked for this cause, the passage of Death with Dignity legislation in Hawaii represents a victory that belongs to many.
Great news from the Aloha State! On March 6, the Hawai‘i House of Representatives passed HB 2739, Our Care Our Choice Act, a Death with Dignity bill. The 39-12 final vote not only reflects the views of the people of Hawai‘i, it makes the nation's seventh Death with Dignity law a distinct possibility.
Val Lovelace believes that all individuals deserve the chance to have a peaceful, humane death that accords with their wishes and values. To start a conversation in her home state of Maine, she founded It’s My Death, a nonprofit dedicated to “providing services and education to people who wish to actively explore the meaning of life through embracing the certainty of death.”
I truly hope that you consider allowing the diverse residents of the state of Nevada this human right and dignity. Most of your constituents will not choose it, but those who do, and their families, will thank you forever.
Throughout SB 261, just as every state has done, you will see a series of safeguards and a well-defined process to protect the patient, the health care professional, and the family—all designed to ensure that the patient is in control, acting voluntarily and able to make their own health care decisions.
The proposed law you are considering today is, at its core, a medical standard of care designed to provide physicians and pharmacists with best practice guidelines for the situations in which a terminally ill and competent patient requests the right to control the timing and manner of his/her death.