View our short film, Voices of a Movement,” which chronicles the history of the death with dignity movement from the perspective of individuals who have played a leading role in passing and protecting death with dignity laws across the U.S.
An infographic look at the highlights of 2018 and 2019 in the death with dignity movement.
Governor Janet Mills has signed the Maine Death with Dignity Act into law. With the Governor’s signature, Maine became the 9th jurisdiction to allow people with a terminal illness to die the way they want: without suffering, in peace, and with dignity. Nearly 70 million Americans now live in a state with an assisted dying option.
The passage of death with dignity laws has had an impact that extends far beyond providing a heretofore unavailable end-of-life option. Death with dignity has improved end-of-life care nationwide.
“It’s Our Life, It’s Our Death, It’s Our State”: Maine Death with Dignity Launches Campaign for Assisted Dying Ballot Measure
On April 19, 2018 at the Maine State Capitol in Augusta, representatives from the political action committee Maine Death with Dignity officially launched a campaign to place an assisted dying measure on the 2019 statewide ballot.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that would repeal Washington, D.C.’s newly passed Death with Dignity Act. We worked hard to keep that awful provision out of the Senate’s companion bill—and we succeeded.
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.
In 1997, thousands of Oregonians wrote letters to their state representatives and voiced their support for Measure 16, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, approved in 1994, and their opposition to Measure 51, the effort by some legislators and the Oregon Catholic Conference to repeal the Act.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, we are featuring stories of those who in 1997 campaigned against the repeal of the law adopted by Oregon voters 3 years before. Today…
For the next three months, Washington, D.C. will be the front line of our fight to provide terminally ill Americans the option to die with dignity. Last year, we helped pass the assisted dying law in the nation’s capital,…