It has been four years since California’s End of Life Option Act took effect, and a year since Governor Janet Mills signed the Maine Death with Dignity Act into law. Both assisted dying statutes were results of multi-decade campaigns and personal stories.
A transcript of testimony by Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen in support of Maryland Senate Bill 701, the End-of-Life Option Act.
A video recording of the "State of the Movement Address: Death with Dignity in 2020" webcast, with a written summary.
“The People Have Spoken” in Maryland: Remarks from Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen
Remarks from Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen at a January 28, 2020 press conference urging Maryland lawmakers to pass the End of Life Option Act.
Our work is made possible by generous donors across the country who share our commitment to ensuring all Americans have the right to decide how they die. For Max Roman and Kappy Wells, a personal connection to the death with dignity movement inspires them to support our work.
Five years ago today, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer, used the Oregon Death with Dignity to die peacefully.
Many people join the death with dignity movement because they have a personal connection to the issue. Their personal stories inform their support of medical aid in dying and inspire us to continue working toward the day when all terminally ill Americans have the right to decide how they die.
The California Department of Public Health has released its latest report on the use of the End of Life Option Act. The report, covering 2018, shows that 337 Californians took medications to hasten their death.
Our steady progress is made possible by our generous supporters. One such donor has stepped up and pledged to match all new gifts three to one. For every dollar you give in the month of April, a generous anonymous donor will give three.
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.