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.


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


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.


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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