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Assisted suicide laws in the United States have all passed based on the assumption that a terminally ill person has less than six months to live. But the experience of many diagnosed with terminal illnesses force us to ask: What if this assumption is wrong? The reality...

Victoria has become the first Australian jurisdiction to legally empower doctors to intentionally kill a patient or to provide a patient with the means to kill themselves. The new law will allow a person who has been “ordinarily resident” in Victoria for at least 12 months,...

Dear Friends, There has been an overwhelming outpouring of love and encouragement from our community. Many have asked to send a card. Please feel free to use this address: Mr. & Mrs. JJ & Kris Hanson c/o Mr. Jim Hanson PO Box 11 Yulan, NY 12792 Thanks very much for all...

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write with some grave news.  JJ Hanson, our president and terminal brain cancer patient-advocate, who has outlived a 4-month prognosis by over 3 years, was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, where they took an MRI yesterday.  The cancer has...

The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) recently became the eighth state medical association — the ninth if one counts the group for Washington, DC — to depart from the profession's long-standing opposition to physician-assisted dying. The VMS was playing catch-up with state lawmakers. In 2013, the Vermont...