Week 35/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (August 24 to August 30, 2015) the California End of Life Option Act, introduced in the state Assembly’s extraordinary legislative session on healthcare, made its way through the legislature; a hearing in the special Health Committee is scheduled for September 1.

California

Assembly Members Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Stone, and Luis Alejo co-sponsored and introduced a new bill, amended from SB 128 which the California Senate passed on June 4.

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Week 34/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 17 to August 23, 2015) a group of California Assembly Members introduced a modified End of Life Option Act bill in their chamber of the state legislature, for an extraordinary legislative session on healthcare issues. The Death with Dignity bill is back in the California legislature, and if it passes in the special session, it may become law by year’s end.

California

Assembly Members Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Stone, and Luis Alejo co-sponsored and introduced a new bill, amended from SB 128 which the California Senate passed on June 4.

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Week 33/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 10 to August 16, 2015) the New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a lower court’s decision that had, in effect, made Death with Dignity legal in the state. And, on Friday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge upheld California’s physician-assisted dying ban, saying the matter should be left for the state legislature to decide.

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Week 32/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (August 3 to August 9, 2015) the Washington State Health Department released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Death with Dignity law. Read the full report, our highlights, or a write-up in Seattle Weekly.

In the run-up to the release of the report, the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber newspaper, a hyperlocal publication on a Puget Sound island southwest of Seattle, ran two stories related to the state’s Death with Dignity law.

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Week 31/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (July 27 to August 2, 2015) was a very quiet one in the Death with Dignity movement, as the middle of the summer tends to be…

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Week 29/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (July 13 to July 19, 2015), as legislatures went into summer recesses the Death with Dignity movement entered a “slow news day” period.

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Week 28/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (July 6 to July 12, 2015) the hearing in the California State Assembly Committee on Health was postponed for a second time as the sponsors of SB 128, End of Life Option Act, determined the bill had insufficient votes to pass. Senators Wolk and Monning intend to bring the bill back next year, in the latter half of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

The D.C. Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services held a 10-hour hearing on Councilmember Mary Cheh’s Death with Dignity Act of 2015. The next steps will not be decided until after the Council’s summer recess.

California

The second postponement of the Assembly Committee on Health hearing on SB 128 generated a lot of news coverage.

District of Columbia

Tennessee

A court hears John Jay Hooker’s case, in which he argues for the state to provide him with the right to die.

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Week 27/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 29 to July 5, 2015), California heated up in advance of tomorrow’s hearing on SB 128, End of Life Option Act at the Assembly Committee on Health. The Catholic Church stepped up the pressure on Catholic Committee members, several of whom are vaccilating on the issue (see our letter campaign).

The Statesman Journal ran another part in the series about the end-of-life journey of our organization’s friend and long-time Death with Dignity advocate, Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD.

California

Pro and anti-Death with Dignity advocates stepped up campaigns in the run-up to the first Assembly hearing.

New York

Our friends at Death with Dignity Albany keep their streak of successes going.

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Week 26/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 22 to June 28, 2015), the California Assembly Health Committee hearing on Senate Bill 128 – End of Life Option Act was rescheduled to July 7 while the bill’s sponsors seek to round up the votes.

The Economist magazine featured a themed issue, “The right to die,” with a number of articles:

California

The postponement of the Assembly Health Committee hearing on SB 128 generated a flurry of editorials urging the Assemblymembers to pass the bill.

New Hampshire

After Governor Hasson vetoed a bill that would establish a task force exploring end-of-life options in the state, calls re-emerged calling for Death with Dignity to be legalized.

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Week 25/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 15 to June 21, 2015), following our presentation to the editorial board, The Washington Post endorsed Death with Dignity nationwide, including the bill currently pending in the DC Council.

California

A breather here between the historic Senate vote and the upcoming Assembly Health Committee hearing (now rescheduled to July 7).

Maine

The Maine Death with Dignity bill, LD 1270, fell short of passage by a single vote in the Senate.

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