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Death with Dignity-Albany Campaigns for Policy Reform in New York

February 6, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, the New York State Legislature will consider a Death with Dignity bill. Bonnie Edelstein, the executive director of Death with Dignity-Albany, has been on the front lines of the grassroots campaign for end-of-life policy reform in New York. We spoke with Bonnie about the year ahead and the unique opportunities and challenges of grassroots organizing in New York.

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The Final Battle in Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2017

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.

Advocates

Come Hell or High Water: Valerie Lovelace on Advocating for Death with Dignity in Maine

September 5, 2017

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.”

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A Series of Safeguards: Testimony in Support of Nevada SB 261

May 29, 2017

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.

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Four Years of Death with Dignity in Vermont

May 19, 2017

The full Vermont State Legislature passed the bill on May 13, 2013, and Vermont made history. On May 20, Governor Shumlin signed Act 39 (S.77) into law. The Green Mountain State was the first to pass a Death with Dignity law through the legislative process.

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