Compassion & Choices

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Compassion & Choices
TypeLegal and legislative advocacy, counseling
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
  • United States

Compassion & Choices is a nonprofit organization in the United States working to improve patient autonomy and individual choice at the end of life, including access to medical aid in dying. Its primary function is advocating for and ensuring access to aid in dying.[1][2]


Compassion & Choices is the successor to the Hemlock Society,[3][better source needed] and Compassion In Dying Federation; the organizations merged in 2007. The organization has a staff of 80 people located across the country.[citation needed]

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize winner, How to Die in Oregon,[4] documented the work of Compassion & Choices of Oregon.[5]

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  1. ^ Ziegler, Stephen J; Bosshard, Georg (10 February 2007). "Role of non-governmental organisations in physician assisted suicide". British Medical Journal. 334 (7588): 295–8. doi:10.1136/ PMC 1796670. PMID 17289733.
  2. ^ The organization has worked for recognition of a difference between the terms "assisted suicide" and "legal physician aid in dying" in the criminal code. For example, Oregon law draws a distinction between "suicide" and "aid in dying" for criminal purposes. ORS 127.880 §3.14 [1][2]"Compassion & Choices". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-01.[better source needed]
  3. ^ "End of Life Planning and Paliative Care - Compassion & Choices". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  4. ^ James, Susan Donaldson (February 13, 2014). "Philly Nurse Exonerated in Assisted Death of Her Terminally Ill Father". ABC News. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Barnes, Brook (24 January 2011). "Unflinching End-of-Life Moments". New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2011.


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