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by September Williams, MD

FOR SAMA is a documentary film by International Emmy Award winning journalist and film director, Waad Al-Kateab. The project was brought to fruition with co-director Edward Watts. Director Waad Al-Kateab made this film while she fell in love, got married, was pregnant, and breastfeeding in a war zone rife with humanitarian violations. She did it while her husband, Dr. Hamid Al-Kateab, used every available hand to manage war trauma, first in the remains of bombed hospitals, then in any shelters left standing. FOR SAMA was filmed over five years—in war-torn Aleppo, Syria.

FOR SAMA is essential viewing for bioethicists and clinicians rightfully seeking literacy in the struggle against modern humanitarian violations.…

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Compassion & Choices has released its 2018-2019 annual report.  

Here are a few excerpts: 

  • Compassion & Choices realized transformational progress in 2018-2019. We passed medical aid in dying in New Jersey, cheered a second victory in Maine and advanced legislation in dozens more states."
  • "We took on the reality that current medical aid-in-dying laws are in fact too restrictive — placing too many needless hurdles in front of eligible, profoundly anguished patients."
  • "We expanded efforts to address disparities in end-of-life care within communities of color, promoting the awareness and tools necessary for more of their members to seize their own empowerment."
  • "At a time of profound division in our country, we are heartened that the universal idea of patients having a voice in their own care is a value everyone can agree on."

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In 1993, Robert Latimer killed his severely disabled daughter, Tracy,  by pumping exhaust fumes into the cab of his truck. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison, and paroled in 2010. In a recent challenge to his sentence, Latimer a...

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Join me next Friday morning for this CLE program "Advance Health Care Directives: Drafting and Dispute Resolution Strategies."

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Join me next Friday morning for this CLE program "Advance Health Care Directives: Drafting and Dispute Resolution Strategies."

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This week, New Zealand MPs voted 69-51 to approve David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill, sending the issue to a public referendum next year. End of Life Choice Bill - Third Reading - Video 1 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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This week, New Zealand MPs voted 69-51 to approve David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill, sending the issue to a public referendum next year. End of Life Choice Bill - Third Reading - Video 1 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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This week, New Zealand MPs voted 69-51 to approve David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill, sending the issue to a public referendum next year. End of Life Choice Bill - Third Reading - Video 1 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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This week, New Zealand MPs voted 69-51 to approve David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill, sending the issue to a public referendum next year. End of Life Choice Bill - Third Reading - Video 1 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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This week, New Zealand MPs voted 69-51 to approve David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill, sending the issue to a public referendum next year. End of Life Choice Bill - Third Reading - Video 1 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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