The AMWA Board of Directors has updated the position paper on Aid in Dying. Please view it and other position papers here.
Aid in Dying of physician assisted death is legal in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. AMWA was one of the early professional associations to support aid in dying in 2007.View the Updated Position Paper
In 2014, Brittany Maynard’s battle with terminal brain cancer and her quest to end her suffering started a global discussion about death with dignity that would lead to the passage of California’s Aid-in-Dying law in 2016. A California resident at the time, she and her husband moved to Oregon so that she could end her life under Oregon’s law, rather than suffer months of debilitating pain and seizures. Brittany’s husband, Dan Diaz recently spoke at an event attended by AMWA where he shared Brittany’s passion that other patients would not need to experience pain and suffering at the end of their lives.