Legal Advocacy

Compassion & Choices is committed to enforcing and expanding the rights of terminally ill people. Through our work in the courts, we fight to ensure that everyone can receive high-quality end-of-life care that is in line with their values, wishes and beliefs. We have been at the forefront of end-of-life care legal issues. Examples include the fight to explicitly authorize, expand and defend access to medical aid in dying as well as the effort to remove unnecessary restrictions from and secure compliance with advance care planning documents. In every case it is involved in, Compassion & Choices’ legal team prioritizes and seeks to advance patient-directed care.

Compassion & Choices Legal Team at the Massachusetts courthouse

Part of the Kligler legal team, including attorneys from Morgan Lewis, O'Melveny and Compassion & Choices at the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston.

Past Cases

Latest News

Litigator Advocates for End-of-Life Autonomy
July 9, 2024

Jon Eisenberg quite literally wrote the book on the Terri Schiavo case. Michael Schiavo, a Florida man, battled all the way to the Supreme Court to have the feeding tube removed for his wife Terri. Terri Schiavo was a 41-year-old woman who suffered cardiac arrest caused by an eating disorder and existed in a permanent vegetative state for 15 years before her death on March 31, 2005. When Terri’s family fought the decision to remove the feeding tube, their effort became the most publicized end-of-life case at that time. 

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National Programs Update
July 9, 2024

Compassion & Choices advocates and staff are participating in conferences, events and virtual webinars to share the organization’s mission with healthcare professionals and the public. These events are invaluable opportunities to encourage professionals in the end-of-life care world to participate in patient-centered care and advocate for the full range of end-of-life options for their patients.

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