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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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Urge New York Legislators to Pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act

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A physician-assisted dying bill is pending in the New York state legislature. Send this letter to your legislators with a simple message: Pass A10059/S7579 to expand end-of-life options for state residents.

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!

Tell California Senators to Pass SB 1002

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The California Senate is considering a bill that would create a toll-free line, operated by the Department of Public Health, providing information about the End of Life Option Act. Urge your state Senator to pass SB 1002!

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Judge Delays Hearing on Lawsuit Against California End of Life Option Act

July 25, 2016

Earlier today Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia continued until late August the hearing on a preliminary injunction filed by opponents of the California End of Life Option Act. Implementation of California End of Life Option Act Continues…


A Review of Wisdom from a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadruplegia

July 29, 2016

If you pay attention to the debates about Death with Dignity, be it in state legislative hearings, in the media, or online, you would be hard-pressed to avoid thinking that people with disabilities oppose assisted dying. You would be far…

Guest Articles

Hope, Fear, and End-of-Life Options in Maine

July 27, 2016

By Valerie Lovelace For the past several months I have been video-recording the testimony of folks in Maine who are facing terminal illness. Being entrusted with such intimate, personal stories is both an amazing and heart-breaking experience. Their courage and…

  • 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 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 46 states that lack them; and defending Death with Dignity Acts against challenges.

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