Week 26/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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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.

Elsewhere and Other Stories

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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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Week 24/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (June 8 to June 14, 2015), a hearing was held in the Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee on a proposed bill as part of the summer study process.

California

The positive media fallout from the Senate vote on SB 128 continues.

Maine

This week the Maine legislature votes on a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

New York

Though there are now four bills in the New York legislature, two apiece in the Assembly and the Senate, meaningful progress appears doubtful.

Tennessee

A vigorous debate of Death with Dignity unfolded in the state in parallel with the hearing on the state’s proposed bill.

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Week 23/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (June 1 to June 7, 2015) saw the most important event in our movement this year: the California Senate approved SB 128 – End of Life Option Act, a Death with Dignity bill.

California

Having been approved by the California Senate 23 to 14, the End of Life Option Act now heads to the Assembly with the first hearing, in the Health Committee, scheduled for June 22.

Delaware

A proposed bill was heard and promptly tabled.

New York

A new bill has been introduced in the New York Senate, by a Republican lawmaker, bringing the total to four (two in the Assembly, two in the Senate).

Tennessee

Though referring a bill for summer study is a roundabout way of killing a bill quietly, in Tennessee a Senate committee will discuss a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

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Week 22/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (May 26 to May 31, 2015), SB 128 – California End of Life Option Act passed 5-2 in the Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote this Thursday. Delaware now has a proposed bill, with a hearing scheduled for this Wednesday.

A new Gallup poll shows support across the U.S. for Death with Dignity increasing by 10 percentage points, to 68%.

California

California is gearing up to the Senate floor vote on SB 128 – End of Life Option Act.

Delaware

Delaware is the latest state to see a proposed Death with Dignity bill.

Elsewhere and Other Stories

  • Maryland: A former Attorney General advocates for the Death with Dignity bill to return in the next session. “Going gentle into that good night in Md.,” Baltimore Sun, 5/27/2015
  • A new Gallup poll shows support across the U.S. for Death with Dignity increasing by 10 percentage points, to 68%. Americans favor the right-to-die regardless of their political leanings, age bracket, or how survey questions are worded.

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Week 21/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 18 to May 25, 2015) was huge in the movement.

The California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128. Also in California, another lawsuit was filed asking for the state to allow physician-assisted dying.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Tennessee, where a bill had been referred to a summer working session.

In Vermont, the Governor signed a bill solidifying the safeguards in the original Death with Dignity bill, Act 39 – A Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act.

And in Maine, a joint legislative committee passed the proposed Death with Dignity bill.

California

While SB 128 – End of Life Option Act underwent a fiscal impact study in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the California Medical Association changed its stance on the bill to neutral. Learn more →

Maine

Maine’s bill moved out of committee on a close but clear vote.

Tennessee

John Jay Hooker, a terminally-ill attorney who is a staunch advocate for Death with Dignity, filed a lawsuit asking for the state to allow physician-assisted dying.

Vermont

Governor Shumlin signed S.108, a bill that removed sunsets on safeguards from the original Death with Dignity bill. Learn more →

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Week 20/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (May 11 to May 17, 2015), a proposed Death with Dignity bill received a hearing in Maine and the California bill moved forward through the Appropriations Committee.

California

The Senate Appropriations Committee forwarded SB 128 – End of Life Option Act for budget impact assessment, while Californians continue to debate the issue. Meanwhile, just today, the California Medical Association dropped its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on the proposed bill.

Maine

Nevada

Senate Bill 336 – Nevada Patient Self-Determination Act died without a hearing, the issue remains on the table. And, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair, Sen. Hardy, MD, who effectively killed the bipartisan bill by not allowing it to be heard, is facing increased criticism from Nevadans.

Elsewhere

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Week 19/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

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Last week (May 4 to May 10, 2015) the Vermont House approved a bill that would remove sunset provisions from the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, the state’s Death with Dignity law. Because the representatives amended S.108 with a reporting clause, the Senate must approve the new version of the bill before Governor Shumlin signs it. Earlier, an amendment to repeal Act 39 was defeated 83 to 60. Representative Sandy Haas said in the media that seven patients have used the law since it passed in 2013.

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Week 18/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 27 to May 3, 2015) saw an important milestone for the movement in Vermont, where the House passed a bill removing sunset provisions from Act 39, the state’s Death with Dignity law. Debate continued in California and New York, and we also saw stirrings of a future debate on Death with Dignity in Illinois.

Vermont

Elsewhere

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Week 17/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement

Last week (April 20 to April 26, 2015) served as an indication that as legislative sessions wind down around the country, Death with Dignity recedes from the forefront of media attention and people’s minds.

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