May SASO: Compassion and Choices

Our May Social Action Shared Offering – SASO –  will be taken on Sunday, May 21, for Compassion and Choices, a national group that is addressing the urgent need to support legislation to make medical aid in dying legal. Opponents of medical aid in dying are moving quickly to attack this compassionate and legal option in state legislatures, the courts, and Congress. Compassion & Choices needs your immediate help to stop them. For more details, go to

Compassion and Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. Their vision is a society where people receive state-of-the-art care and a full range of choices for dying in comfort, dignity, and control. They aim to ensure individuals understand the risks and rewards of all feasible treatment options, treatment decisions are fully respected, and that care reflects a person’s values and priorities for life’s final chapter.

To make this vision a reality, Compassion and Choices works nationwide in legislatures, Congress, courts, medical settings, and communities to:

  • Empower people with information and tools to receive healthcare that is consistent with their values and priorities as they age and approach the end of life, including our free consultation program.
  • Advance policies that allow people to make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, such as improving hospice and palliative care and ending unwanted medical treatment.
  • Authorize and implement medical aid in dying to allow mentally capable adults in their final weeks or months of a terminal disease to advance the time of death and end unbearable suffering.

More information, including helpful documents on planning for your own end-of-life care, can be found at

Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating means Compassion and Choices is Exceptional – “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” Charity Navigator has given this rating to Compassion and Choices for the fifth time in a row. Only five percent of the charities rated have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Compassion and Choices outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation “demonstrates to the public that Compassion and Choices is worthy of their trust.”

Learn more about the proposed “The Medical Aid in Dying Act” (S3151/A2383) here.
Contact information for St. Lawrence County legislators who will consider S3151 and A2382 is here.