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D.C.’s DWD law survives Republican attacks

Washington, D.C. is the sixth jurisdiction in the U.S. to enact an assisted dying statute. D.C. lawmakers are celebrating after the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015” to allow physicians to prescribe medical aid in dying survived attacks from Republican members of Congress. The D.C....

People of faith in USA support VAD

As spiritual leaders of the Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options our mission is to promote understanding and acceptance of diverse spiritual beliefs related to end-of-life decisions. We were heartened by the recent results of the survey conducted by Nashville-based “LifeWay Research”, showing that more than...

Ohio makes assisted dying a felony

House Bill 470 makes knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison. Previously, Ohio law only permitted a court to issue an injunction against someone who helps another kill him or herself. The measure was...

Colorado VAD law takes effect immediately

Governor John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a voter-passed initiative to allow terminally ill adults, with fewer than six months to live, to end their lives with prescribed medication. Proposition 106, known as “End of Life Options,” took effect the moment Hickenlooper penned his...

District of Columbia Council passes Death With Dignity Act

The District of Columbia is poised to become the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. where medical aid in dying is authorised for terminally ill residents after the D.C. Council passed the D.C. Death with Dignity Act by an 11-2 margin...

It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

Randall had waited too long for VAD in Colorado

In 2010 Sheryl Randall, of Colorado, was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but later doctors said she had a mitochondrial disease that was slowly attacking her organs. In March 2015, Randall, aged 67, wrote letters to a few friends saying she had suffered too long...

Colorado will be the next US state to vote on VAD

A bill supporting doctor-assisted dying was quashed last year by the Colorado state legislature. But in April a draft statute was filed with the secretary of statemto place the “Colorado End-of-Life Options Act” on the ballot in November....

Californians are saying goodbye with VAD parties

In early July, Betsy Davis, a 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill...

I’m a Christian with stage 4 cancer.

I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. I was 58. In March 2015, we discovered the lung cancer had metastasized to my brain, neck and chest. Recently, I’ve had some headaches. I feel like my breathing has become a little more labored....