Arizona End-of-Life Options
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Watch the February 11 KPNX Phoenix Channel 12 town hall meeting on medical aid in dying. This 52-minute video with Mark Curtis as moderator of a pro-and-con panel discussion features our own TomĀ Fitch, MD, and Dwight Moore, PhD.

Read our LATEST NEWSLETTER (May 24) and BACK ISSUES.

About Us

Arizona End-of-Life Options is a grassroots volunteer coalition, organized to gain passage of a state law making it possible for terminally ill Arizona residents to legally obtain medications that eliminate undue suffering at the end of life. The proposed legislation is modeled after laws already in effect in eight states and the District of Columbia.

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A majority of Arizonans have consistently favored such a law in all polls taken so far (from 1999 to 2015). A 2017 survey of nearly 600 Arizona doctors indicated 53% were in favor of medical aid in dying, 27% were opposed and 20% undecided.

Arizona End-of-Life Options receives support from and works closely with national advocacy organizations, specifically Compassion and Choices and Death with Dignity. Members and leaders of this organization are all volunteers.

It’s a Matter of Fundamental Human Rights

We are dedicated to establishing compassionate end-of-life options for all Arizonans, including the right of terminally ill adults to medical aid in dying as a fundamental civil right.

Each one of us should be able to die in accordance with our own individual beliefs. Currently, Arizonans are forced to die according to a set of beliefs shared by some but not by all of us. In the words of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Compassion in Dying v. Washington, 1996):

“Those who believe strongly that death must come without physician assistance should be free to follow that creed, whether they be doctors or patients. But they should not be free to force their views, their religious convictions, or their philosophies on all other members of a democratic society, nor should they be free to compel those whose values differ from theirs to die painful, protracted, and agonizing deaths.”

An Arizona Medical Aid in Dying Law

Approximately 70 million Americans already have access to a medical aid in dying law. That includes residents of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia (Montana also has it by court decision). Our goal in Arizona is to have a similar law on the books by 2021. As is true in all these states, utilizing the Arizona End-of-Life Options will be straightforward and easy to understand. Yet it will include many legal, medical and ethical safeguards to prevent abuse or misuse. These safeguards have been proven effective since the first such law took effect in 1997.

We invite you to visit either or both of our two national partners, where all aspects of these laws are outlined in detail on their websites:

Compassion and ChoicesDeath with Dignity

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