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.
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.
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.
Every day, we hear from people whose lives have been forever changed by a terminal illness and how their often heartbreaking experiences have motivated them to advocate for death with dignity. These are the latest stories we've featured, from California, Maine, and New York.
The events of the past few weeks in California have caused confusion and distress among the state's residents and sparked outrage among death with dignity supporters nationwide. Here is an overview of where things stand and what's next.
Riverside County Superior Court judge Daniel A. Ottolia yesterday officially overturned the California End of Life Option Act. The California End of Life Option Act is no longer in effect (for now).
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday appealed a district court ruling invalidating the End of Life Option Act; he requested the law be allowed to continue providing dying Californians with peace and control in their final days.
"With one stroke of his pen, Riverside Judge Daniel A. Ottolia callously struck out at California's terminally-ill patients in a cruel way," writes Deborah Ziegler in response to the May 15 ruling nullifying the End of Life Option Act.