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End of Life Options Bill - Signed by Governor Jerry Brown

The new law will become effective June 9

Governor Brown's Thoughts on the bill  

Frequently Asked Questions About California's New Physician-Assisted Dying Law

KPBS series: "Aid-in-Dying Law Comes to California"

New article about Peter Rasmuseen, Death with Dignity Advocate:
"This doctor helped the dying end their lives with dignity. Then he was diagnosed with cancer."

by Brooke Jarvis In The Week, excerpted from Harper's Magazine


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Upcoming Events

World Federation of Right to Die Societies Logo May
11-14, 2016

Euthanasia 2016 - Professional Challenges

When it comes to end of life: what is your professional challenge? What is ethical in specific cases? Should we try to push boundaries? Professionals are required to achieve changes.

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Sponsor: The World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

View program and photos from the 2014 World Conference

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

1:30 pm


If You Don’t Qualify For The End Of Life Option Act What Then?

Sally Hall, M.D., exit guide and member of the medical advisory committee of The Final Exit Network (FEN), will give information on the Final Exit Network, what it does, who is eligible, and the recommended procedures.

Bob Uslander, M.D, , a holistic hospice and palliative care doctor, will explain how hospice can help, what is terminal sedation and how voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED) can be used.

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Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: 1895 Camino del Rio South- Mission Valley. San Diego, CA


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More Information on Life, Death and Pain from the Medscape Ethics Report

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An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering.
-Campaign for Dignity in Dying


California has a new version of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) effective 1/1/16

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Registering Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) with CA Secretary of State

 For a small fee, you can register your AHCD with the Secretary of State's Office to ensure that, wherever you may be, your health provider will have access to it. When you register, you have the option of providing a PDF (that an officially identified health provider can then download) or indicate its location.

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Featured Articles

Doctor Assisted Suicide:California Ban Challenged in Court -- by Howard Mintz -- San Jose Mercury News -- February 15, 2015

Assisted Suicide Now Legal in 5 States -- by Erik Eckholm -- New York Times -- February 8, 2014

Fatal Mercies -- by Frank Bruni -- New York Times -- August 10, 2013

A Plea for Assisted Suicide -- by Kayla Penokie -- August 7, 2013

Doctors Really Do Die Differently -- by Ken Murray, MD -- July 17, 2013

I Must Die, My Love, To Rid You of this Burden -- by Sarah-Kate Templeton -- London Sunday Times -- July 14, 2013

Advance Directives Are Often Not Honored -- by Michael Cook -- BIOEdge News -- June 29, 2013

The Old Chestnut of Diluted Helium -- by Derek Humphry -- June 6, 2013

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