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Death with Dignity around the U.S.

See what’s happening in your state in the current legislative session (this year). Advocate for Death with Dignity in your community!

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Sign a Petition for Death with Dignity in Florida

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Terminally-ill Floridians continue to die without having the option of Death with Dignity. While in 2016 nearly half the states considered physician-assisted dying legislation, Florida wasn't one of them. Urge your Florida state legislators to pass a Death with Dignity bill!

Declare Your Support for Death with Dignity

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Seven in ten Americans who support the end-of-life option allowing qualified terminally ill people to end their lives through physician-prescribed medications. Show your support for Death with Dignity in your community!

Thank DC Councilmembers for Passing the Death with Dignity Act of 2015

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The Council of the District of Columbia has passed an Oregon-style Death with Dignity Act on a preliminary vote. We are grateful to the Councilmembers for standing with their constituents on this issue. Please sign this thank you card to them.

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Advocates

In memoriam: Rebecca VanWormer

January 20, 2017

We were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Rebecca VanWormer, an avid advocate for assisted dying legislation in her home state of Maine. She was 43. Rebecca VanWormer with her dogs Buster and Kal-El at Portland…

Media

Week 2/2017 in the Death with Dignity Movement

January 17, 2017

In the week from January 9 to January 16, 2017: Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) pledged to stop the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act from being enacted. Shortly after, Senator James Lankford and Representative Brad Wenstrup introduced a resolution…

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Help stop Congressional interference in D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act

January 9, 2017

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Monday announced he would attempt to block the D.C. Death with Dignity Act passed by the District’s City Council and signed by Mayor Bowser. Chaffetz’s sole reason: he “fundamentally disagrees with the bill.” Yes,…

  • Death with Dignity National Center

    …is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that expands the freedom of all qualified terminally ill Americans to make their own end-of-life decisions, including how they die; promotes Death with Dignity laws around the United States based on the groundbreaking Oregon model; and provides information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option to patients, family members, legislators, advocates, healthcare and end-of-life care professionals, media, and the interested public.

  • Death with Dignity Political Fund

    ...is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that acts as the political arm of the National Center, drafting Death with Dignity law based on the Oregon model; campaigning, lobbying, and advocating for Death with Dignity legislation in the 45 states that lack them; and defending Death with Dignity Acts against challenges.

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