Status of Medical Aid in Dying

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, people in your state deserve the full range end-of-life care options, including medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.

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Médicos de Nueva Jersey, Delaware y Pacientes de Pensilvania Presentan Demanda Impugnando Mandato de Residencia en Ley de Ayuda Médica para Morir de Nueva Jersey
September 1, 2023

Compassion & Choices presentó el martes por la tarde una demanda federal en nombre de pacientes de Delaware y Pensilvania que padecen cáncer y asimismo, en nombre de dos médicos de Nueva Jersey, afirmando que el mandato de residencia de la ley de ayuda médica para morir de Nueva Jersey viola la garantía de igualdad…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Opinion: Why don’t more people of color receive end-of-life care?
September 28, 2022

People from historically underserved communities don’t just rarely utilize medical aid in dying; they also are less likely to utilize hospice and other palliative care options.  Since New Jersey’s “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” took effect three years ago, not one Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Native American state resident has…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Stuart Chalfin
March 6, 2014

Stuart Chalfin started a Compassion & Choices Philadelphia-area group in 2012 because he felt compelled by the grim news articles about how people die in modern America and the impressions gained from visiting assisted-living facilities. “I’m not a very active person politically,” admits Chalfin, but he was able to gather 40 contacts to attend his…

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Why Is Barbara Mancini Facing a Felony Charge in Her Father’s Death?
September 4, 2013

The bizarre case against 57-year-old Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, drags on: Police allege that she handed her dying father, Joe Yourshaw, his bottle of prescription morphine, which he requested. He consumed a more than the prescribed dose and lost consciousness. EMTs then transported him to the hospital and personnel there revived him despite his signed…

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