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During a period of lucidity, a mentally ill individual completed an advance directive declining anti-psychotic medications. However, when the patient was later incapacitated and in state custody, the state facility applied for court permission to ad...

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During a period of lucidity, a mentally ill individual completed an advance directive declining anti-psychotic medications. However, when the patient was later incapacitated and in state custody, the state facility applied for court permission to ad...

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has postponed a hearing on the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction. The parties are set to appear before a mediator.   Titus Cromer remains at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospit...

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The media often sow seeds of confusion, doubt, and mistrust about brain death. There are too many headlines like "Brain dead Woman Kept Alive on Life Support." But now even cardiac death is getting misrepresented. A Fox News story this week reports th...

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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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