Last updated on: 6/26/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Seven in ten Americans support death with dignity as an end-of-life option for the terminally ill; most people join our movement because of a heartbreaking personal experience. We receive stories of such experiences every day, and every day they inspire us to work toward ensuring terminally-ill Americans have the freedom to decide how they die.”

“Stories,” deathwithdignity.org (accessed June 21, 2018)

Description:

“Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that

  • expands the freedom of all qualified terminally ill Americans to make their own end-of-life decisions, including how they die;
  • promotes Death with Dignity laws around the United States based on the groundbreaking Oregon model;
  • provides information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option to patients, family members, legislators, advocates, healthcare and end-of-life care professionals, media, and the interested public.
  • mounts legal defense of physician-assisted dying legislation.”

“About Us,” deathwithdignity.org (accessed June 21, 2018)

Mission:

“The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.”

“About Us,” deathwithdignity.org (accessed June 21, 2018)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Encourage the Healthcare Industry to Promote PAS, Endangering Vulnerable Groups?
  2. Is a Physician ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?
  3. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  4. How Much Do Physician-Assisted Suicide Drugs Cost?