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Compassion & Choices

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Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


We work across the nation in communities, state legislatures,

Congress, courts and medical settings to:

  • Educate the public about the importance of documenting end-of-life values and priorities and about the full range of available options.

  • Empower every individual with achievable options, authoritative information and constructive advice for guiding their care and engaging with their providers.

  • Advocate for expanded choices, secure and ready access to them and improved medical practice that puts patients first and values quality of life in treatment plans for terminal illness.

  • Defend existing end-of-life options from efforts to restrict access.


In New York State Compassion & Choices is working to authorize the Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.2694/S.3947).  The bill would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and found by two doctors to be mentally capable to make this medical decision. The law would give eligible patients the option to request a prescription for medication they can take to shorten a difficult, painful dying process.


Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life including the option of medical aid in dying.  Medical aid in dying is an end of life option that is accessible to 1 in 5 Americans.  Our neighbors in Vermont, New Jersey and Maine (10 jurisdictions total) have access to choices at the end of their life, join us today to give New Yorkers the same rights.