Week 6/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement


The whirlwind of media attention to Death with Dignity continued into February. These are the highlights of press coverage of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from February 1 to February 7, 2015.

If you only read one article, make sure it’s this overview of Death with Dignity developments written in response to the New York lawsuit (see below): “More states consider assisted-suicide laws since Brittany Maynard’s death,” The Christian Science Monitor, 2/4/2015.

(For a good overview of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and permanently have the right to a doctor’s help in dying, read this Globe and Mail article. And, TIME magazine has an analysis, including our take, of the impact of SCC’s ruling in the U.S.)


The buzz around California’s End of Life Option Act continues unabated.


Following the introduction of a bill the previous week, a lively debate unfolded in Colorado before a House Committee heard and rejected the bill on Friday. Sixty-eight percent of Coloradans continue to favor Death with Dignity.

If you are interested in following the Committee hearings as they unfolded on Friday, February 6 (and as they will continue in the future, if applicable), see the Twitter hashtag #coleg.

District of Columbia and Maryland

The D.C. Council debates a death-with-dignity bill introduced mid-January by Councilmember Cheh, while Maryland awaits the introduction of companion death-with-dignity bills in the Assembly and Senate.


Whereas physician-assisted dying isn’t illegal in Montana by Supreme Court ruling, two bills are circulating in the State Legislature: a Senate bill legalizing death with dignity and a House bill criminalizing physicians’ participation in assisted suicide. Media coverage has been mostly relegated to letters to the editor.

New Mexico

New Mexico is watching out for an appeals court ruling on the legality of physicians’ right to aid patients in hastening their deaths.

New York

While two Senators prepare to introduce a bill, a group of patients and physicians filed a lawsuit challenging New York’s statute banning assisted suicide.


There’s a low-key discussion of a death-with-dignity bill in Wisconsin.


Death with Dignity is debated even in states that do not have bills on the books or legislative docket.

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This Week in the Movement

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Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Assisted death in the US:

  • First Unitarian in Newton, Massachusetts issued a public endorsement of their state’s proposed Death with Dignity Act.
  • In another fantastic op-ed about Vermont’s effort to enact Death with Dignity, Lydia Lulkin’s “All norms are made to be broken” explaines more about Senator Miller’s effort to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for debate. Among my favorite quotes from the piece: “But are these legislators really serving their constituents if they do not allow debate to take place on an issue that is so important to so many?”
  • During this week’s TweetChat we discussed how to work with your Circles of Influence to help more people learn about Death with Dignity laws. Read the transcript, and join in the conversation any time! Our TweetChats use the hashtag #DWDchat and occur every Thursday at 6:00pm ET.
  • Last week, we asked our Facebook community what Death with Dignity means to them, and we’ve heard from a lot of people. How would you fill in the blank?
    “To me, Death with Dignity means ______________.”

Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:

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