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Category Archive: News

/ August 26, 2016

CA COURT REJECTS MOTION TO SUSPEND MEDICAL AID-IN-DYING LAW

(Riverside, CA – Aug. 26, 2016) Compassion & Choices praised a Riverside Superior Court decision today to reject a preliminary injunction motion that was filed to suspend the state’s new medical aid-in-dying law, the California End of Life Option Act. However, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia allowed the suit by the Life […]

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VICTORY: California Court Rejects Suit to Block Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

We are thrilled to announce that today a Riverside Superior Court ruled that  the new medical aid-in-dying law in California can continue to give terminally ill, mentally capable people with a prognosis of six months or less another end-of-life option. Compassion & Choices was the only advocacy group to weigh in on an effort to […]

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/ June 9, 2016

The Best Way to Access California’s End of Life Option Act

Thanks to California’s End of Life Option Act law taking effect today, terminally ill adults in California with less than six months to live finally have the option to ask their doctor for prescription medication they can decide to take, so they can die peacefully in their sleep, if their suffering becomes unbearable. The process […]

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California End of Life Option Act to Take Effect Today

The California End of Life Option Act takes effect today, authorizing 12 percent of terminally ill adults nationwide to have the option to request medical aid in dying if their suffering becomes intolerable. The other states that previously authorized medical aid in dying – Oregon (1997), Washington (2008), Montana (2009) and Vermont (2013) – comprise […]

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/ May 27, 2016

Compassion & Choices Promotes Oregon State Director to Help Implement California Medical Aid-in-Dying Law

(Los Angeles – May 23, 2016) Compassion & Choices today announced the promotion of Oregon state director Matt Whitaker as its new California state director. A board-certified music therapist with clinical experience in long-term acute care and geriatrics, Whitaker will lead the organization’s campaign to help Californians access the state’s new medical aid-in-dying law that […]

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California End of Life Option Act Advocates Praise UCLA Implementation Guidance

(Los Angeles, Calif. – May 19, 2016) Compassion & Choices praised a study released today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on implementation guidance on California’s End of Life Option Act that takes effect on June 9. The study, “Implementing Aid in Dying in California: Experiences from Other States Indicates the Need for […]

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/ May 20, 2016

Implementation of the End of Life Option Act Just One Month Away

With the June 9 implementation date of the End of Life Option Act just one month away, things have never been busier for Compassion & Choices’ staff and volunteers in California. We have devoted the full resources and talents of this dynamic organization to making sure California is ready when that day arrives. We’ve learned […]

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/ October 5, 2015

Calif. Gov.’s Signing of Aid-in-Dying Bill Should Spur Action in Other States

Brittany Maynard’s Story, Victory in Nation’s Most Populous State Will Have Ripple Effect for Death-With-Dignity Movement (Sacramento, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2015) Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of California’s End of Life Option Act today should spur legislators in other states to advance bills to allow terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying […]

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Calif. Gov.’s Signing of Aid-in-Dying Bill Should Spur Action in Other States

Brittany Maynard’s Story, Victory in Nation’s Most Populous State Will Have Ripple Effect for Death-With-Dignity Movement (Sacramento, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2015) Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of California’s End of Life Option Act today should spur legislators in other states to advance bills to allow terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying […]

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/ September 11, 2015

Calif. Legislature Passes Historic Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 11, 2015) For the first time in five tries since 1995, the California legislature has passed a bill to allow terminally ill adults facing unbearable suffering the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication that they could take to painlessly die in their sleep. Today the Senate passed the by […]

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